I've had a few people to ask what's growing in our spring garden, so I thought I'd give you an update.
My personal favorite, tomatoes, have been planted. We planted them a little early this year because we've been having such warm weather lately. But if we have a late freeze, we can cover them.
Before planting, I installed an individual drip line for each hill, added 2 shovelfuls of our homemade compost, and Jane added 2 scoops of Black Cow. My brother Jim and his grandson went fishing the other day and brought back some brim. So like the Native Americans used to do, I buried a fish under some of the hills. If it was good enough for the Native Americans, it's good enough for me.
Before planting, it's important to pinch off the bottom leaves and stems of the plants. It increases the development of the main stem and increases fruit production. And as the plant is growing, it's important to sucker the plants. To sucker means to pinch off the extra stems that grow in the joints off the main stems. The first year we had a garden, we didn't know that we were supposed to do that, and it did affect our production.
This year we are planting a greater variety of tomatoes. So far we have planted Early Girl, Better Boy, Big Boy, and Celebrity. As soon as the heirloom varieties are available, we'll plant those. To keep track of each variety, Jane punched holes in the identification tags to hang on the cages.
Here's Jane planting one of the tomato plants.
This year I decided to put a weed barrier under each cage, and I'll add some wheat straw to further prevent weeds and hold in the moisture.
Cabbages are growing in the raised beds.
Different varieties of lettuce are off to a good start. We'll be eating salads before we know it.
We had so much success with the raised beds last year that I built two more this past weekend.
We have peppers and basil growing in some large, black containers that some trees came out of last year.
The English and sugar snap peas are growing so rapidly that I had to put up the chicken wire for support today.
The corn and potatoes are up. Have you ever eaten a new potato freshly dug from the earth?
Across the street at Jay's Trading Post, they were going to throw away this damaged arbor. So I hauled it across the street to our garden. I'm in the process of repairing, painting, and putting it up. We may grow some climbing beans on it. It's all part of our plan to make the garden more aesthetically pleasing this year. We do enjoy sitting on the bench in the late afternoon, watching the weeds grow.
At this time of year, I'm a busy person in the garden. But the harvest will make it all worthwhile.
Leo, your methods inspire me. Though I made all the necessary preparations for spring garden at the beginning of March, it doesn't seem I could get my garden into a better shape than it was the last year. Me and my darling are constructing a new greenhouse. I hope the project will be more successful and the tomatoes won't taste like watermelon at its husk.
Leo, Everything is looking good. I look forward to watching the progress. I love the orderliness of your garden. Do you have Scottish blood?
Back in the 50's I was visiting at Bob's home. His mom told him to go to the garden and bring back some potatoes. Bob started to the dig and I asked what in the world was he doing. He laughed at me for being so dense. I replied "I thought they grew in mesh bags!"
Conratulations to Jane for winning over at Hospitality Designs. Jane you are very deserving.
Patti, you'd be surprised at how good a freshly dug potato tastes! Hope you find some grown locally.
I am not a gardener whatsoever, but I am truly impressed by all your hard work...I would love to be sitting on that bench in the late summer when you harvest those tomatoes! Have never had a potato right out of the ground, but I have had carrots - so delish! Happy Growing!
Shannon @Cozy Home Scenes
Hi Leo and Jane, love seeing the progress in your garden. I'm envious of your space for gardening. We have large trees on our small lot so there is not enough sun to grow tomatoes or most vegetables but maybe someday...... I know exactly what you are talking about when suckering tomato plants. I learned to do that when my parents had a 1000 plant hydroponic tomato greenhouse. Now, that was a lot of suckering but you are correct that the yield is much greater. I think it is very nice that the two of you share the enjoyment of gardening. Hope the weather stays nice so you can get lots of work done. We had a terrible storm last night with small hail but I don't think there was any damage. Thank Goodness!--------- Shannon
We're having a nice shower as I'm writing this, which is the only reason I'm on this computer. Normally I'd be outside. Thanks for visiting!
I've told you before that I'm a dismal failure at growing tomatoes. I never knew about suckering so I'll try that this year. Who knows? I just may get a tomato or two! Everything looks wonderful. You are right...it will all be worth it when you harvest. Have a good weekend...tell Jane I said hello..
Hi Ann, good luck with the tomatoes. This could be your year!
Your gardens are going to be amazing!~ You are so good, both you and your hubs make a great team!
We worked in the garden all day yesterday and today. It takes a good team to get things done.
Wow, I am impressed at the work you have accomplished in your garden. Hope you share more pictures as it grows. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
More pictures coming soon!
I am so jealous! I would love to have this in my back yard! How are you doing the raised beds? This is something I might could do, can you plant pretty much anything in them? Hugs, Lynn
Lynn, you can plant almost anything in them. Results are all about the soil mixture.
I'm loving your garden and wish I could have one too. Our city yard is too small and we aren't at the ranch full-time, so I don't feel like we can do one there right now. Maybe some day. In the meantime, I am sure enjoying yours.
Thanks Anita, maybe you could stick a few tomato plants in pots. Nothing like a homegrown tomato!
Hi, Leo & Jane! What a wonderful garden. You've put in a lot of work and it shows! I can almost taste those fresh veggies and salads you'll be enjoying soon!
Jane made an asparagus risotto yesterday. The fresh asparagus from the garden made it all worthwhile.
Wow, Leo, your spring garden is looking awesome:)You got a head start here and I love the tomato growing tips..... I knew about pinching off the bottom leaves but never knew about suckering them.. that's something new I learned today, to increase their production. For the last few years our tomato plants did not produce very well and I was wondering about it... well, now I know. Say hi to Jane for me and I appreciate her visit:)Happy Gardening!~Poppy
Good luck with your tomatoes this year, Poppy. I'm sure it'll be a better year.
Heather :) :) :)
I'm glad you rescued that arbor. It will look nice all fixed up...and even better, that you got it for FREE 🙂 🙂 Oh, it's really cool to see your garden starting to grow 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂
I finished rebuilding the arbor and Jane painted it white. We planted 2 vines beside it-the yellow jessamine, our state flower.
Mary Alice Patterson
Wow, what a garden!! Looks professional to me. Thanks for stopping by.
Thanks Mary Alice,
It's definitely not professional, but we're enjoying learning.
I enjoyed the walk through your garden. I cannot wait to come and have some fresh lettuce for a wonderful salad. I am so jealous I am not there to help with the garden. Good luck everything looks as though you and Jane are well on your way to a great garden this year. Jean
Come on down, Jean. You can play in the dirt with us!
Leo, tienen una gran bendición en la Encrucijada, es muy gratificante poder alimentarse con los frutos que uno mismo a sembrado. Esos tomates, lechugas y demás coles han de saber riquisimas. Saludos
Muchas gracias, senora!
Leo, tienen una gran bendición en la Encrucijada, es muy gratificante poder alimentarse con los frutos que no mismo a sembrado. Esos tomates, lechugas y demás coles han de saber riquisimas. Saludos
BJ, I actually have 2 large compost bins. I'll do a post soon about how we compost. We can and freeze a lot of the produce and anyone who visits the Crossroads leaves with a load of veggies. Consequently, we have a lot of friends!
2 Questions ... How did you make your compost? And what will you do with all your produce?
Looks wonderful to me, Leo. Healthy tomato plants. Blessings for a bountiful harvest. xo
We do consider a bountiful harvest a true blessing so that we can pass along the vegetables to family, good friends, and neighbors.
Well, I am loving your beautiful garden!!!!
Thanks Dolly, stop by anytime.
Sweet Bee Cottage
You learn something new every day! We have been a bit disappointed with our tomato output and they are so yummy all warm from the sun.......I digress. I will remember your tomato tips when we get ours planted in the next few weeks.
Sweet Bee, thanks for visiting. I agree, there's nothing like a homegrown tomato!