Garden Notes | Fall ’19

Welcome to Procrastination Station!

Here it is, January of 2020. I’ve been thinking ahead and sketching plans for this year’s garden & new landscaping. While drawing my plans and doing research, a thought would usually slip in– “Finish your notes from 2019 before you forget.”

Well, I haven’t forgotten most of it (*cringe*), so here I am, forcing myself to take a minute to organize my notes.

West Garden

Radishes: Season completed late June. We planted one ten foot row. Not all of the radishes were done at the same time, so we harvested four times until they were done.

Peas (July): Planted one 12′ row. Picking time! B and I have picked peas off the plants twice. It’s looking like we’ll have one more picking session and then we’ll pull the plants out. Our first harvest filled half of a quart sized freezer bag. Second harvest was about the same. Feeling a little like they’re not worth the effort, but the kids love them so next year we’ll plant more to get a better harvest.

Green Beans: Planted two 12′ rows. Japanese Beetles were NOT an issue this year. Incredible harvest! Picked four times. I canned beans until I got sick of canning, then blanched & froze the rest.

Bell Peppers: Planted two plants (started from seed in our house.) They grew well, I had plenty of peppers to dice and freeze.

Long Peppers: Planted three (started from seed in our house,) and one survived. The two that died were pretty small, so I wasn’t surprised. This plant did so well– had plenty of peppers to dice & freeze.

Cherry Tomatoes: Up to our ears in cherry tomatoes! This plant quickly grew out of control, and it had great tomatoes to snack on– however it was mostly used for play by the kids. 🙂 Picture 4YO + 1 YO picking and throwing tiny tomatoes around the garden.

Large Tomatoes: We have three types of tomatoes in four plants. Two purchased locally (Celebrity) and two picked up from a member of our church. One remained an unknown breed, but the largest producer was Queen of Hearts. The tomatoes off of that plant were beautiful. The Queen of Hearts grew to be 5 feet tall before tipping its cage.


East Garden

You know what I love about planting seeds? It’s always fun to see what comes from it.

My Dad gave B a corn seed earlier this spring and told her to plant it in our garden. We did, of course, and that sucker GREW. Eventually, TEN ears had grown on our Cornstalk That Could and we couldn’t help but be excited… but would it actually produce a good yield with all of those ears? (Spoiler alert: it would not.)

We wondered. We watched. We waited. We harvested.

We created… FRANKENCORN.

It wasn’t pretty, but it sure was fun to have that cornstalk growing in the garden.

Our carrots turned out pretty well. Earlier in the season I had hoped I thinned them enough, but I didn’t. There were lots of tiny ones (which were cute but useless,) but also had plenty of good sized carrots to blanch and freeze.

Cucumbers. Oh, the sad cucumbers. I shifted the vines to protect them from the invading pumpkins, but I shouldn’t have– I should’ve cut the pumpkin vines! Not much yield for the cucumbers OR the pumpkins. On the bright side, we did get two that were carve-worthy! I’ve never grown pumpkins before, so I learned some things along the way:

  1. Wait to plant them (late June?) because they were ready toooooo early this year.
  2. Prune the vines to encourage growth on the first (healthiest) pumpkins.

Our watermelons (the last of the plantings in our east garden,) were planted in a wet spot, and they were slow to start. They eventually grew well and we had a few decent sized melons to enjoy. Like with the pumpkins, I learned some things:

  1. Prune the vines to encourage growth on the first (healthiest) watermelons.
  2. B likes watermelon, L didn’t care for it.
  3. IF B wants to plant watermelons again, choose one with significantly less seeds inside than Sugar Baby. (Removal is zero fun for Mom.) 🙂

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

― Audrey Hepburn

Published by Kerri

Wife & Mama | Gardener | Homesteader | Homeschooler |

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