Tuesday, April 28, 2009


The hoop house is made of PVC pipe, it stands about 5 feet high and 4 feet wide, covering the 4x12 square foot bed. There is now (not visible in the picture) another 12x4 box to the right of this one so we can do a large hoop house this winter including both beds. We will move the hoops to the new bed to warm up the soil before we plant the warm weather plants (tomatoes, and peppers especially).

Here are the peas a few weeks ago. They are just starting to take off in this picture. The box is filling in very well now, most all of the peas are up.

The Grapes are going crazy.
We have buds coming out everywhere. This is finally year three for the grapes so we should be getting real grapes this year. These are from the himrod, but the Fire red and the Candice are also looking really good.

I will nab a few pictures of the rhubarb that is also coming along very well and put them up there. I also will take a few pics of the new box.

Monday, April 27, 2009

MMM seeds

Seeds came today, I actually got two free additional seed packs. We received a brandywine cherry, that is a genetic mutation on the brandywine beefsteak. so tastes like a beefsteak, but smaller fruit in clusters like a cherry tomato and it is a potato leaf so it should be very hardy. The other is an old Russian heirloom, called 117 (to distinguish it from all the other heirloom tomatoes called "Russian", this one is regular leaf, and has varying fruit, with vertical striations. Flavor is supposed to be good also.

So the sprouts are started, and we just need to figure out where to put them all!

I also bought 12 bags of mulch/potting soil/compost from Home Depot today for $4.50. all of the bags were ripped, and so the customer service rep gave them to me cheap. This will be great for my herb towers (future post).

You can check out the map of the garden and the current speculation of where things will go here: Naylor Garden

Check it out, comment here (especially reasons that Heidi should let me take out that one little walnut tree :-) so that we can decide. BTW I do have several seeds left, but I have only planted a few more than we are planning (only enough for germination issues) so if you did not tell me what varieties you are interested in, then I did not plant any seeds for you. Let me know so that I can get them going right away. Seed lists are in this post and in the Naylor Garden doc.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Latest Spring Veggies

So  a cat got into our 4x12 raised bed several nights in a row (while the hoop house was over it) and decided to use it for it's litter box.  it dug up the peas, the mesclun, the bib lettuce, and some of the carrots.  

I re-planted 12 feet of peas two weeks back and they are now about 3 inches tall.  There are 2 volunteer peas growing in the midst of the other 4x4 beds, but I just planted over them today...they can share a few inches :-)

Today we (Bella and I) put in 4 feet of spring mix lettuce(4 per foot & 2 seeds per hole), 8 feet of yellow onions (9 per foot & two seeds per hole),  4 feet of carrots (16 per foot & 2ish seeds per hole), 8 feet of spinach (4 per foot & 2 seeds per hole).  Heidi loves her spinach!!!

As I was planting the carrots I pulled up a few "weeds" and then thought "These may be carrots from before the cat..."  so I ate one.  Definitely carrots!  We also have a few volunteer mesclun growing amid the 12 feet of peas.  We still have 8 feet in that bed for something.  I think we are going to put in beets and turnips so that we can have Garden Borscht in a few months, as well as some yummy beet greens.

Looks like the top will have to go back on the hoop house tomorrow, so I will take some pictures and get them up here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I ordered more seeds today!

I may have gone a little over board.  I ordered 200 tomato seeds today :D
We got eight varieties from http://tatianastomatobase.com along with baby blue Hubbard squash seeds and sugar baby watermelon seeds.

So here is the breakdown (25 seeds of each variety)

Beefsteak - These are the big slicing tomatoes, great for fresh sauces and eating right off the vine:
Ananas Noire - Black & yellow multi color, prized for it's sweet flavor with mild acid overtones.
Aunt Gertie's Gold - Yellow fruit, potato leaf (more hardy) outstanding flavor.
Cherokee Green - Large amber green fruit, Outstanding flavor (the Cherokees are some of the most sought after tomatoes around
Kellogg's Breakfast - Orange fruit, on the forums this is the only fruit more prized than the Cherokees.

Paste Tomatoes - These are the "Roma" like for sauces and canning:
Tom Patti's Italian Paste - Red fruit, this is the real deal, the Italian tomato for sauces
VB Russia - Pink fruit, impressive yield, excellent flavor

Long Keeper - keep them on the shelf several months (garden tomatoes in a salad for Christmas!!)
Garden Peach - Gold, fuzzy fruit - Andean heirloom from the 1600s

Chery Tomatoes - The only hybrid in the bunch but it is a derivative of the Sun Seeds F1 Hybrid
SunSugar - Bright orange fruit, outstanding sweet/tart fruit flavor.  Everyone I have talked to raves about this cherry tomato!

So, I will start the seeds as soon as they arrive.  I anticipate that we will have a few more than we will be using so if you want a tomato plant, put in your order early so that I can grow the right amount of each one.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

OK Spring is here, time to start posting again

Spent several hours today assessing things.  We are re-doing the middle beds this year into one 3x12 bed, that will have the warm weather plants in it.  Last year the morning glory took hold in those beds and the soil was awesome, but it has to go.  I screened the soil from one whole bed for hours this morning.  A few interesting observations:  Morning Glory gets everywhere!  We have tons of worms in our soil.  there were a few that could have been red wigglers from our worm bin, but mostly night crawlers that are coming up into the friable soil.  It's a great thing, they bring lots of added nutrients and keep the soil well draining.

I still have one bed to screen out, and it is already getting green and leafy, much more morning glory to purge.  We got a free bail of peat moss from Home Depot because the bag was damaged.  hopefully we can get one more. then the new bed will be alternating layers of last year's soil, the over wintered compost, and peat moss, should be a great lasagna bed.

More to come later :)

I so forgot to say "THANK YOU!!!" 
  • To Danny for all the help gathering more rocks on on Saturday.  We got a full load of rocks in Danny's truck and brought them to the house to cover the muddy part of the drive.  
  • To Tracy for coming to cut up the branches with his extending saw.  
  • To Tim Hunt for taking away so many of the branches (and for the book).
Without all your help we never could have done it in one day.  "thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!"