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Busy Day in the Vegetable Garden

Friday, 25 May 12 Rainy 27°C / 81°F

Yesterday I took the water bottle cloches off the tomatoes in the garden. The plants look bigger but sunburned. Hopefully they will recover. If they don’t, I’ll have to use my ‘backup’ plants instead of giving them away. Note to self – start earlier next year and take them off sooner. We really need to get the last six beds made. The Longkeeper tomatoes are getting way too tall and need to get outside. Some of them are blooming. And if I want those lovely big paste tomatoes, the Opalka needs to get out there too.

Today I planted out two kinds of corn, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and broccoli. I planted nasturtium seeds in with all the brassicas. Most of the seed looked ‘funny’ – either old or dried out – but I planted them anyway. If they don’t grow, at least I didn’t just throw out the seed, and if they do grow – bonus!

The potato plants (Russian Blue) are looking very vigorous and healthy with nice dark green leaves. I really haven’t grown potatoes before, so it’s exciting to watch them. Soon I will have to start hilling them up. I still have Banana Potatoes to plant – another reason we need to get the last of the beds built.

Lastly, when my back couldn’t take any more, I watered everything with the hose. There’s a forecast for thunder showers this evening, but I couldn’t take the chance that the weatherman is wrong (surprise surprise!).

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Day 13

Potato 'Blue Russian'

Solanum tuberosum

Day 0

Nasturtium 'Jewel Mixed'

Day 0

Nasturtium 'Milkmaid'

Tropaeolum majus

Day 0

Nasturtium 'Black Velvet'

Tropaeolum majus

Day 62

Brussels Sprouts 'Long Island Improved'

Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group)

Day 38

Cauliflower 'Snowball Early'

Day 38

Broccoli 'Calabrese'

Day 15

Corn 'Ruby Queen Hybrid'

Zea mays var. saccharata

Day 15

Corn 'Golden Cross Bantam Hybrid'

Zea mays var. saccharata

Day 79

Tomato 'Mortgage Lifter'

Solanum lycopersicum

Day 79

Tomato 'Golden Jubilee'

Solanum lycopersicum

Comments

  • glgardener

    glgardener wrote:

    Hope you got or are getting the rain. Everything here is so dry. The grass is crunchy and I am worried about the seedlings and plants that have been planted out.! :-)

    Posted on 25 May 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    Hope you did get that rain. I was gifted to Opalka but thought “no more room for anything”. You’ve inspired me to at least put them in big pots.
    I can relate to that aching back.

    Posted on 25 May 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Cherokee_Motley

    Cherokee_Motley wrote:

    Wow… I love to see some shots of the Potato ‘Blue Russian’.

    Posted on 30 May 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • HollyBee

    HollyBee wrote:

    @Cherokee Motley – believe me … you will ! I haven’t grown potatoes before, so even if I only get one potato and it’s green with pink polka dots, I will be taking a photo :) I’m hoping, actually, that when we go to eat them that we can get past the colour :) If you think about it, there aren’t many things we eat that are blue! I’m told they don’t taste any different from a normal potato, but I will have to wait and see. When we were in Peru last fall, there were quite a few different potatoes at the one market we went too, including blue. Potatoes actually came from Peru originally.

    Posted on 30 May 12 (over 2 years ago)

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