Posted by: JerseyOrganic | May 21, 2014

Out of the grow room and into the garden!

AND FIRST HARVEST! Wow, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks… but I’ve managed to get everything out of the grow room and into the garden. At this point, all the plants are either in the ground or hardening off. I am happy to be turning the light off because I don’t have to worry about it, but I do miss being down there…

Anyway, it was a truly productive weekend full of chores and fun in the garden. After mowing, edging, mulching!, and housework we were finally able to get some things accomplished. I laid cardboard in-between all the raised beds and covered them with straw. I like to have a bail or two around because it makes for great mulch in and out of the beds. I use it around the strawberries as well, so the fruit doesn’t touch the  soil.

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Bibb Lettuce on left, first succession of String Beans on right, and second round in middle

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Strawberry Bed with tiny corn and a cuke plant

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This season I set the cucumber transplants out early and its paying off. They are thriving and I hope to have a high yield. There are 6 straight eights and 6 pickling plants so I hope to have enough cukes to each fresh and to pickle for later. The two zucchini plants are doing well in their pots, safe from vine borers which have killed previous seasons crops. I have covered the larger plant with a row cover made for pots and the other is inside the new greenhouse. I’d like to see which plant makes out better.. I have never grown plants inside a green house.

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Cukes – Straight Eights

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Zucchini in pot with row cover to keep Borers out

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Yummy Lettuce growing next to cukes

So far I’ve only been able to harvest lettuce. Don’t get me wrong, its fantastic but the treat of the day was my first radish. Easy to grow as it can be grown anywhere theres a few inches of space and can be harvested in as little as 3 or 4 weeks. It tasted amazing raw, peppery and fresh. I knew it was ready when the radish showed itself above the soil, around half an inch.

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Beets, Broccoli Rabe, Carrots, in shade!

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Sweet Corn in a pot with drip irrigation and lettuce in the center; tomato cage support to wrap later

 

I think I am off to a good start this year. With next weekend being Memorial Day I’d say I’m ahead of schedule. I have a three day weekend for Memorial Day and I plan on getting even more done. All the peppers will go into the ground first thing Saturday and then I can do a final drip irrigation inspection. Once all the plants are in the ground I only have to turn a valve on to water. Other than pruning and some weeding theres nothing to do but wait!  I may end up mulching the backyard while hubby barbecues:)

I leave you with this, my favorite spring flower…

 

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