Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Garden Update - Planting Day

Main Garden
My mercy what a busy weekend it was! My father did most of the planting, so I was on "Burn" detail. We had a burn pile from all the brush gathered up over the winter. Hot, hot, hot! So, as promised, here are all the lovelies planted so far, as well as some established plantings that are already popping out.

Here is the main garden. We have a row of turnips, a row of mustard, a row of Blue Lake climbing green beans, 2 Ichiban eggplants, 2 Globe eggplants, 1 cayenne pepper, 2 green bell peppers, 2 jalapeno peppers, 1 serrano pepper, and a full row of tomatoes.
Baby Tomato

Here is one of our newly planted tomatoes. This year we chose the following varieties: Rutgers, Pink Brandywine, Mr. Stripey (my favorite), Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, Golden Jubilee, Mortgage Lifter, German Johnson, Sweet 100 Cherry, and a Yellow Pear. Most of these are Bonnie Plants, but if you can find Chef Jeff, they have the best variety of Heirlooms. We use a mixture of the Sweet 100 Cherry and Yellow Pear to make our "World Famous" homemade sundried tomatoes packed in olive oil. Here's the recipe I shared with you last year.

Down the trail we have another patch where we planted the potatoes (Red and Yukon Gold), onions (white, yellow super sweet, and red), multiplying shallots, and garlic earlier. You can see they are popping up like crazy! We also planted 2 rows of Silver Queen corn down here.

Up on the hill (yes my dad has 3 separate gardens) we planted the crookneck squash, zucchini, cucumbers, Peaches and Cream corn, and black-eyed peas. There's no pic for these since nothing has popped up yet.

The fruit trees and bushes are coming out like crazy as well. You can see here the baby blueberries, the peach tree blossoming in bright pink, and the figs are already coming on the bush! The scuppernongs are leafing out. You might know them better as muscadines. And, the strawberries apparently love the new gutter planters. You can see the baby strawberries already busting out of the blooms.
Baby Figs
Peach Blossoms
Baby Strawberries

Here are a few more of the blooms popping up around the yard:

Tea Olive - smells like freshly cut peaches
Creeping Phlox
Lenten Rose

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoy tending all these wonderful delights. My hope is you will get outside and have some fun in your garden this year as well. Please send along your garden pics, and I will be posting them for us to share.

Happy Gardening!


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