How does your garden grow?

I’ve had a few emails from blog subscribers in the US and UK regarding our garden so here is a bit of an update.  Let me say that we are still in our infancy as gardening goes – we learning more by error than anything!  We were late planting this spring, chiefly due to the fact that I hadn’t built my greenhouse (Fall 2010 here I come) so had no seedlings plus we had an inordinately wet spell.  We decided not to plant until early June so while are a few weeks behind last year, our garden is actually in better shape.  We’ve learned from the jungle last year to space things a little more accurately and I got the soil prepped into rows using the tiller so that helped.

We re-started our raspberries so our crop this year will most likely be a bit thinner than in the past but I think going forward they will be great.  This year, we added melons and eggplants to the mix.  While I think the melons will be fine as we are in a high sun area, I have my doubts about the eggplants.  I’m going to try them in the greenhouse as well as some peppers and pineapple.

Our rutabega (small, sweeter cousin to the turnip) is doing very well and seems to like the deep soil we have here.  Actually, I guess the same holds true for parsnips, carrots and other root veggies.  When I tilled the garden, I determined we had an average soil depth of twenty inches.  I guess it has just build up over the years but it’s great for us!  Anyway, back to the veggies.  We have zucchini, butternut squash, okra and cabbage, leeks, carrots, radish, chard, beets, scallions and two types of onions, pumpkins, rhubarb, soya beans, snap peas, green and yellow beans and corn (lots o’ corn).  We’ll test some of this out and then add or subtract as necessary next spring.

I think our next challenge is to figure out some storage methods as our garden is producing massive amounts of food!!  More updates to follow along with pics!

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  1. it’s going to be a really exciting time at the farm this year Ben. I can’t wait to read about the plans you have for that amazing greenhouse you plan to build. As Bernard Miles used to say in one of the old Brit sitcoms, Nathaniel Titlark, “Oi think the arnswer loies in the soil!”
    Good luck with the crop.
    Dad

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