“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
How Does Your Garden Grow?
As promised, here are pictures of the garden this year. It is growing like gangbusters and I am taking full advantage of a great garden season. You just never know what next year will bring.
This is a view from the far end of the middle section of the garden. On the right are cantaloupe growing up the trellis with navy beans planted in front and pineapple sage on the end. On the backside of the trellis are the zucchini plants which are about the only things not doing too well. On the left are the pepper plants, asparagus and corn was just planted with wax beans in front. The plants have grown so much that the pathways are almost impassible.
This is what I call the salad garden, but it really is more cool weather crops than just salad greens. This is a smaller area but in this area we have carrots, 2 lettuce varieties, kale, swiss chard, broccoli, beets, cauliflower, nasturtiums, catnip, arugula, rosemary, and provence lavender. We also had peas growing up the wooden trellis in the center of the carrots and lettuce. Just this small area was producing more salad than 4 families could eat. However, the broccoli and cauliflower have not done well this year. It got too hot too fast and just as soon as they started setting heads they were flowering. One of these days I will get the timing right for those.
This is the near side of the middle section of the garden. On the left are tomatoes on a trellis and artichokes which have not done well. I don't think I planted them in a timely manner. This is my first year with artichokes. In the middle are squash and okra and mung beans and on the far right are various herbs, eggplant and kidney beans. All in all things are looking good. This whole middle section is growing tomatoes, pole beans, artichokes, yellow squash, zucchini, navy beans, kidney beans, 3 varities of peppers, crowder peas, collards, black beans, mung beans, nasturtiums, about 6 different herbs, asparagus, wax beans, blackeyed peas and corn. The carrots, beets and turnips have already been harvested and all of them were replaced with blackeyed peas. The navy beans are being harvested now and will be replaced with corn. We also have some flowers in the garden and we had some different lettuce varieties as well in this section.
So I guess you can see why I love intensive gardening. I have been feeding 4 families from this garden along with putting up as much as I can use. Tomorrow I will post some pics of the peanut and sweet potato patch. Blessings and happy growing. Kat