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Tomatoes and One Zucchini – Garden Summary!

30 Sep

As the growing season is coming to a close, I thought I’d update everyone on my garden project!

Here are some notes about things that worked and things that weren’t so successful:

  • Mesclun greens – I scattered seeds in three of the squares in my square-foot garden. They grew really well and provided fresh baby greens for about 6-8 weeks. They were delicious in my Garden Salad with Edible Flowers.
  • Butter lettuce – Again, I scattered these and let them come up. I picked a few of the baby greens and decided to let some grow into larger lettuces. Once they started to grow larger, if they didn’t have enough space, they just grew upwards. Next year, I’ll plant them a little farther apart so they have room to spread out and get big.
  • Kale – I was given some kale seedlings that have done really well. Next year I’ll plant way more!
  • Tomatoes – I bought the biggest plants I could find at Sunnyside (I think they were about 20″ already) and they have exploded. We’ve been picking the smaller, grape-tomato size for at least 4 weeks. The larger beefsteaks have been coming ripe for about 2 weeks and I’m starting to get a large stock of them that I’ll probably make into salsa.

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Garden Project 2011 (Part 2)

2 Aug Garden looking good!

Here’s the very delayed continuation of my Garden Project 2011 (Part 1) post…

After redoing all the work my dad and I did the day before (back on May 31!), I finally got to planting. I went a little crazy at the garden store, which I’m sure you can all relate to. There were so many tempting things with the promise of great reward! Continue reading

Garden Project 2011 (Part 1)

31 May Frame in place

My garden last year was a bit of a disaster. Not enough sun + buckets of rain = slugs + rotting + sadness. So this year I decided to invade my dad’s backyard in the hope that his Southwest exposure will do the trick. Continue reading

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