Wednesday, June 13, 2007
let's call it a garden
I'm finally finished planting.
Well, not really. When you consider succession crops such as lettuce, and fall-planted crops like garlic, one is never quite finished planting. But I'm talking main season stuff, tomatoes and beans and peppers. There is a limited window of opportunity for planting these here, between the last spring frost and when it's too late to get a harvest before the first fall frost. I have yet to determine when exactly that is, but I know I'm on the late end of things even though we had overnight lows in the 30's a week ago.
For those of you who are curious: The four big square boxes on the left are potatoes, planted late April or early May. Another small box just to the top of the left potato boxes is the starting point for various winter squashes. I'll let them sprawl all over the grass when they get that big.
Left to right, top row: tomatoes; broccoli and cauliflower with one pumpkin plant, which will sprawl out of the bed; pickling cucumbers; summer squash; bush beans; bush beans; bush beans.
Middle row: tomatoes; garlic; garlic; sugar snap peas and Swiss chard; pole beans and Chinese asparagus beans; peppers and Diva (slicing) cucumbers; tomatoes.
Bottom row: tomatoes; tomatoes; onions; onions; greens; greens; and carrots (not visible).
At the right center is my blueberry bed, coming back after being grazed by rabbits this winter. Bottom center is a rock garden with various flowers, and I might plant basil in the as-yet unplanted part. So I guess I'm not done yet.
This is the view from the east loft window of the new house. By fall it will be looking out someone's bedroom window.