Friday, May 10, 2013

Birds Eating Newly Sprouted Bean Seedlings!!!

Went out to the garden today to see how the Lima Beans, Green Beans and Edamame were coming up. All of the seedlings were laying on top of the soil shriveled up with the green tops removed, just a bunch of bean sprouts sitting on the soil. I have had this problem in the past with Peas but never with Beans. So lesson learned, got to start getting the netting out until the sprouts are big enough to not be a meal for the birds.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

May 2013 Garden

Finally was able to plant the garden after experiencing the second wettest April in history. The Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Kale, Radishes and Carrots that were started in the Cold-Frame are doing well. The overwintered Garlic, Leeks and Herbs are growing very well. We are going to be having our first salads today. During the past week I planted the following: Edamame, Bush Beans, Pole Beans, Bush Lima Beans, Pole Lima Beans, Okra, Cilantro, Beets, Peppers and Tomatoes. Still need to plant Onions and Cucumbers. All of out Summer and Winter Squash will be grown at our Plant A Row For The Hungry garden since we are lacking on space. I'll put together an variety listing of everything planted. This year I purchased quite a few OP seeds from both Baker Creek and Carol Deppe and will be focusing on harvesting seed for future years, ultimately wanting to become more self-sufficient and not have to purchase seed in the future.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Indiana Winter

Finally getting back into "Gardening Mode". 2011 was a highly successful year for Plant A Row For The Hungry! We donated 2,000 lbs. of food to local food pantries. Currently the weather has been a bit off this winter. By this time last year we had over a foot of snow, we have totaled maybe two inches so far. The temps have been fairly mild as well. I currently have my cold frame setup. In the cold frame is Radishes, Lettuce, Carrots, Turnips, Parsnips and Beets. The seal must not be very good because I went out this morning and had ice on the inside of the plastic and all of the greens looked hit by frost. Hopefully I did not lose everything.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Pea & Strawberry Harvest

2011 was the best year ever since I have been gardening in terms of Pea production. We planted Shell, Sugar Snap and Snow Peas. All three did exceptional. We picked close to 12 pounds of Shell Peas, 6 pounds of Sugar Snap and 4 pounds of Snow Peas. The Peas have all been crisp and sweet probably due to the cool, rainy Spring we enjoyed this year. The boys had fun shelling the Peas and then we blanched and froze them all for future stir fry's. I had a lot of success growing the Peas along the Rabbit fencing around the garden beds, putting to use the fence as a trellis, it freed up a lot of garden space to get a early start on Beans, Peppers and Tomatoes.

Laura and I both have a thing about picking things... once we start we cannot stop and so was the case with Strawberries. We went to Spencer Farms and picked close to 16 pounds of Strawberries. We made a lot of freezer jam, froze whole for smoothies, made a Starwberry Pie and a couple of Strawberry Margaritas.

Monday, May 23, 2011


It amazes me every year how fast Peas grow. It seems like it takes them forever to grow the first couple of inches, but then they tend to take off and before you know it, they have flowered, set pods and you are shucking them. This year I planted alittle bit of everything. Little Marvel and Misty Shell Peas, a variety of Snow Peas and then some Oregon Sugar Snap Peas. The boys have fun shelling the Peas, blanching them then freezing them. So hopefully in a few days we can start picking!

Garden In Full Swing!

While dodging raindrops I have managed to get everything in the ground except for the really warm season crops, Zukes, Cukes and Okra, which is fine because frankly I do not have the space for them until the Lettuce bolts and the Peas are harvested. This Spring has been a test of patience and persistence in order to get things planted somewhat on schedule. Cool temps & wet soil has dogged us this year. The Peas started flowering a week ago and some plants have 4" pods, the Pole Beans have germinated and set true leaves so they will start climbing in the next week. My Lettuce has had some Aphid problems this Spring, I am not sure if it is caused by how close I plant them or the wet, cool weather. My Cilantro is already about ready to bolt and my Asian Greens already bolted. I think I might have better luck growing Bok Choy and Spinach in the Fall.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In the Garden this Week (5/9-5/15)

  • Plant Outdoors: Lettuce, Kale, Asian Greens (Tat Soi, Bok Choi, Komatsuna), Swiss Chard, Beets, Carrots, Cilantro, Dill, Basil, Green Onions, Beans, and Watermelon. Last week for Radishes, Spinach, Arugula, Broccoli and Cabbage.
  • Start Indoors: Melons (or direct seed in June).
  • Transplant: Watermelon and Basil.
  • Next Week: Start planting the true summer crops - Corn, Cucumber, Summer Squash, Sunflower, and Winter Squash. Transplant Eggplants, Peppers, and Tomatoes into the garden (if you haven't already taken the leap; many people go ahead and pull the trigger on Mother's Day) as well as Summer Squash, Winter Squash, Basil, and Watermelon starts.
  • Garden
courtesy of Nature's Crossroads