Thursday, July 7, 2011

Our Garden

We have gotten off to a late start on our garden. We have had another cold and windy spring. In fact, today the winds are already picking up, 26-30 mph, and later today we are supposed to have 30-40 mph winds with gusts up to 50 mph. Notice the trees in the background acting as a windbreak.

Here is a picture of our greenhouse. This is where I decided to actually start my plants. Instead of paying upwards of $2.50 per transplant, I was able to purchase a package of seeds for the same amount along with some transplant mix, and start seeds on my own.

I started tomatoes, onions, peppers,spinach, lettuce, and cabbage in late March.Almost all the spinach bolted, and I have only 4 plants in the ground. The 2 cabbages I put in the ground a couple of weeks ago are doing great, but the others I just planted yesterday and you can see how small they are.

Romaine and broccoli are in the foreground, the small cabbage is in the middle and you can see the 2 larger cabbages in the background, underneath our potatoes.

Here are our onions spinach and Swiss chard.

DH planted the corn patch and it is doing quite well.

We planted 70 potatoes. Norkotah russets, reds, Rose Finns, and Yukon Gold. Reds are in the foreground (lower right), and the rest of the taters are to the right and background. On the left side are 14 tomato plants, cucumbers, butternut squash and 3 zucchini plants.

I also have rhubarb, strawberries, green onions, some basil, oregano, mint, dill and sweet peas in the ground. I have not gotten green beans planted! I must do that soon.I am not having luck with lettuce this year. It is tough and bitter. What am I doing wrong with the lettuce and does anyone have any suggestions? What is everyone else planting in gardens this year?


  1. That is about the cutest GH I have ever seen. Did you build it? Your garden is looking wonderfull. Can't help you with the potato problem. I think you have a green thumb. They lettuce may have not had enough water while growning. I grow mine in a container on the deck. Pick it while young. Jan

  2. Thank you! The previous owners actually built the greenhouse and it really needs a real front door but of course, the doorway is not a conventional size. I think you may be right about the lettuce needing more water, I think it could have been watered deeper on a daily basis. I did have good luck last year when I grew lettuce in containers. I think that may be the way I will grow it from now on.


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