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drmiller

drmiller's Backyard Vegetable garden

Garden Type: Vegetable | Sun: Full Sun | Soil: Loam | Established: 2008 | Organic ARCHIVED

Welcome to my Backyard Vegetable Garden for 2011! My resolution this year is to really keep this site up to date, because I heard from both family and Myfolia members about my virtual disappearance last season.

This year will see much that is the same, but also some new stuff. We have given up on shallots, so we expanded the garlic planting. We are also going back into Bed 1 with the tomatoes, so wee expect a larger crop this year, which we will need because we plan to eat down the canned goods from the last two years.

There was no winter garden this year because we were simply too busy finishing a remodel in our house.

After last year, Evelyn is really confident about her seed starting abilities, so we are going to plant more seeds to get the exact varieties of plants we wish to grow, freeing us from the local nurseries that seem to all carry the same selections.

We are looking forward to this year, and I am looking forward to reconnecting with the Myfolia community.

Garden Layout

The main garden facility are three newly constructed raised beds, which can be seen in the second photo. Each bed is 18" deep, and roughly 5′ × 10′ (W x L). I say roughly because the shape of the space required that the two outside beds be somewhat trapezoidal in shape, rather than rectangular. We have 172 sq. ft. planting space in total between the three beds.

We installed paths made of gray fines 6" deep on each side of the beds, allowing us to access plants without walking on the beds.

Irrigation is necessary in Northern California because we typically receive no rain from late April to November. Dry years have even longer dry seasons. Water has been plumbed into each bed, and a timer controlled valve feeds drip watering systems in each bed.

The last three photos show the beds being filled with dirt, clean top soil. We used extra 2×6 boards to strike the dirt off level with the tops of the beds. We did not immediately amend this dirt, and that proved to be a mistake. Evelyn thinks it was “cooked” to kill weed seeds, but in so doing it did something to the soil. Our first plants failed to thrive, and we eventually pulled them out, and amended with a bunch of steer manure. The rest, as they say, is history.

The primary virtue of the garden location is the sun. As can be seen in the second photo, all beds receive full sunlight from noon till approximately 7 PM in the summer. Numbered 1 to 3 from left to right, bed 3 will be in total shade during most of a fall and winter day, so our fall and winter gardening will be limited to the two other beds.

Located in Los Gatos, CA, United States, drmiller's Backyard Vegetable garden is an outdoor organic garden that currently contains 0 plants.

This is a Vegetable garden that is known to be in USDA Hardiness Zone 8b. It has mainly Loam soil and receives Full Sun light.

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Plantings

  • Carmen Red Bell Pepper

    Carmen Red Bell Pepper ARCHIVED

    Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group)

    Purchased on 17 Apr 10 The fourth pepper we bought at the Palo Alto Ma...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
  • Gaillo d'Asti Bell Pepper

    Gaillo d'Asti Bell Pepper ARCHIVED

    Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group)

    Purchased on 17 Apr 10 Another pepper we got from the Palo Alto Master...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Jalapeno TAM

    Jalapeno TAM ARCHIVED

    Capsicum annuum longum group

    Purchased on 17 Apr 10 We went to the Palo Alto Master Gardeners plant...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Piment d'Espelette

    Piment d'Espelette ARCHIVED

    Capsicum annuum longum group

    Purchased on 17 Apr 10

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Celebrity Tomato

    Celebrity Tomato ARCHIVED

    Solanum lycopersicum

    Transplanted on 20 Mar 10 We planted two transplants of our go-to product...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Lettuce

    Lettuce ARCHIVED

    Sown on 20 Mar 10 This is a cut-and-come again leaf lettuce mix. ...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Super Marzano Tomato

    Super Marzano Tomato ARCHIVED

    Solanum lycopersicum

    Transplanted on 20 Mar 10 We are going to try these indeterminate Roma-ty...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Super Steak Tomato

    Super Steak Tomato ARCHIVED

    Solanum lycopersicum

    Transplanted on 20 Mar 10 We always like to grow one beefsteak variety, a...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Yukon Gold Potato

    Yukon Gold Potato ARCHIVED

    Solanum tuberosum

    Sown on 20 Mar 10 We broke apart the potato tower, gleaned out th...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
  • Jack's Pepper

    Jack's Pepper ARCHIVED

    Sown on 02 Jan 10 We have a friend, Jackson, who has been a garde...

    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • Neutral
  • Stupice Tomato

    Stupice Tomato ARCHIVED

    Solanum lycopersicum

    Sown on 02 Jan 10 This is Evelyns first attempt at sprouting seed...

    • 3
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Brocolli

    Brocolli ARCHIVED

    Transplanted on 20 Sep 09 First planting of the winter garden. And anoth...

    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Blue Lake Bean

    Blue Lake Bean ARCHIVED

    Phaseolus vulgaris

    Sown on 24 May 09 This is a follow-on planting of beans, intended...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Okra

    Okra ARCHIVED

    Abelmoschus esculentus

    Sown on 24 May 09 Planted one of our favorites form last year: ok...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • Neutral
  • Zucchini - Not Volunteer

    Zucchini - Not Volunteer ARCHIVED

    Cucurbita pepo var. cylindrica

    Sown on 24 May 09 We deliberately planted 3 zucchini in Bed #2. ...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
  • Ancho Pepper

    Ancho Pepper ARCHIVED

    Capsicum annuum longum group

    Transplanted on 09 May 09 Along with the Habanero, Evelyn bought three An...

    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Carrot

    Carrot ARCHIVED

    Daucus carota subsp. sativus

    Sown on 09 May 09 We had a small patch of open cirt, so we plante...

    • 2
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Habanero Pepper II

    Habanero Pepper II ARCHIVED

    Capsicum chinense

    Transplanted on 09 May 09 After giving up on my Habanero seeds, Evelyn bo...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
  • Leaf Lettuce

    Leaf Lettuce ARCHIVED

    Lactuca sativa var. crispa

    Sown on 09 May 09 This is a blend of Little Gem, Tango, Outredgeo...

    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
  • Sweet Corn - Incrediable

    Sweet Corn - Incrediable ARCHIVED

    Zea mays var. saccharata

    Sown on 09 May 09 We have had poor luck with sweet corn so far. ...

    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • Neutral
  • Volunteer Celebrity Tomato

    Volunteer Celebrity Tomato ARCHIVED

    Solanum lycopersicum

    Transplanted on 27 Apr 09 Two weeks ago Evelyn noticed two tomato plants ...

    • 2
    • 0
    • 0
    • Neutral
  • Volunteer Butternut Squash

    Volunteer Butternut Squash ARCHIVED

    Cucurbita moschata

    Transplanted on 12 Apr 09 There were two plants that came up with the bee...

    • 3
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Eggplant

    Eggplant ARCHIVED

    Solanum melongena

    Sown on 04 Apr 09 These were planted in medium pots for sprouting...

    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • Neutral
  • Yolo Wonder Sweet Bell Pepper

    Yolo Wonder Sweet Bell Pepper ARCHIVED

    Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group)

    Transplanted on 04 Apr 09 Transplanted two Yolo Wonder sweet bell peppers...

    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • Neutral
  • Habanero Pepper

    Habanero Pepper ARCHIVED

    Capsicum chinense

    Sown on 22 Mar 09 These have been planted in a pot on the Patio f...

    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • Very Unhappy
  • Jalapeno Pepper

    Jalapeno Pepper ARCHIVED

    Capsicum annuum longum group

    Transplanted on 22 Mar 09 We got the seedling at Orchard Supply Hardware ...

    • 2
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Yellow Bell Pepper

    Yellow Bell Pepper ARCHIVED

    Capsicum annuum var. annuum (Grossum Group)

    Transplanted on 22 Mar 09 This is another plant we got from Orchard Suppl...

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Jade Bush Bean

    Jade Bush Bean ARCHIVED

    Phaseolus vulgaris

    Sown on 21 Mar 09 Planted two 5 foot rows of Jade bush beans. ...

    • 8
    • 0
    • 0
    • Very Happy
  • Stupice Tomato

    Stupice Tomato ARCHIVED

    Solanum lycopersicum

    Transplanted on 21 Mar 09 Another plant bought from Love Apple Farm. E...

    • 3
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Super Marzano Tomato

    Super Marzano Tomato ARCHIVED

    Solanum lycopersicum

    Sown on 21 Mar 09 These plants came from the Love Apple Farm in B...

    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • Neutral
  • Wild Bill's Big Red Tomato

    Wild Bill's Big Red Tomato ARCHIVED

    Solanum lycopersicum

    Transplanted on 21 Mar 09 Another Love Apple Farm seedling, and an impuls...

    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • Neutral
  • Beets

    Beets ARCHIVED

    Beta vulgaris

    Sown on 14 Mar 09 This year we are going to in-fill the areas aro...

    • 6
    • 0
    • 0
    • Neutral
  • Celebrity Tomato

    Celebrity Tomato ARCHIVED

    Solanum lycopersicum

    Transplanted on 14 Mar 09 We did so well last year with this variety we d...

    • 3
    • 0
    • 0
    • Very Happy
  • Italian Basil

    Italian Basil ARCHIVED

    Ocimum basilicum

    Sown on 14 Mar 09 This is a pure companion plant to the tomatoes....

    • 3
    • 0
    • 0
    • Neutral
  • Kennebec Potato

    Kennebec Potato ARCHIVED

    Solanum tuberosum

    Sown on 14 Mar 09 We have planted Kennebec potatoes using an unus...

    • 4
    • 1
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Spinach

    Spinach ARCHIVED

    Spinacia oleracea

    Sown on 14 Mar 09 This is another in-fill vegetable planted betwe...

    • 3
    • 0
    • 0
    • Neutral
  • Bok Choy

    Bok Choy ARCHIVED

    Brassica rapa (Chinensis Group)

    Sown on 26 Oct 08

    • 3
    • 0
    • 0
    • Neutral
  • Green Onion

    Green Onion ARCHIVED

    Allium fistulosum

    Sown on 26 Oct 08 One partial row. Ran out of seeds.

    • 5
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Leek

    Leek ARCHIVED

    Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum

    Sown on 26 Oct 08 Two rows sown in middle bed.

    • 4
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Early Italian Garlic

    Early Italian Garlic ARCHIVED

    Allium sativum

    Sown on 25 Oct 08 We planted two varieties of garlic today: Early...

    • 7
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Nootka Rose Garlic

    Nootka Rose Garlic ARCHIVED

    Allium sativum

    Sown on 25 Oct 08 We planted two varieties of garlic today: Early...

    • 4
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Shallots

    Shallots ARCHIVED

    Allium cepa var. aggregatum

    Sown on 25 Oct 08 Planted two rows of shallots next to the garlic.

    • 5
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Cauliflower

    Cauliflower ARCHIVED

    Brassica oleracea (Botrytis Group)

    Sown on 12 Oct 08 Six Early Pearl cauliflower seedlings.

    • 5
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Sugar Snap Peas

    Sugar Snap Peas ARCHIVED

    Sown on 12 Oct 08 Two rows sugar snaps peas, sown 3" apart in row...

    • 10
    • 0
    • 0
    • Happy
  • Brocolli

    Brocolli ARCHIVED

    Brassica oleracea (Italica Group)

    Transplanted on 24 Aug 08 Six Marathon F1 broccoli transplanted into Bed 1.

    • 5
    • 0
    • 0
    • Very Unhappy
  • Habanero Pepper

    Habanero Pepper ARCHIVED

    Capsicum chinense

    Transplanted on 30 Mar 08 This is a temporary entry. I am attempting to ...

    • 3
    • 0
    • 0
    • Very Unhappy

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