The garden in 2011
Last year I became more interested in growing vegetables. I started with the usual stuff - tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, okra, and beans. The cucumber vines tried to take over the garden! My Sweet 100 tomatoes did really well, but the others were disappointing. I planted the beans late, so it was a race to get them mature enough to harvest before frost. Okra was good - it loves our hot Summers. The bell peppers barely made a few peppers, but the Jalepeno hot peppers did wonderfully well. But the real high point of the garden was early one July morning when I discovered a baby bird just learning to fly!
When the heat of Summer finally began to ease, I planted onions, radishes, and carrots in containers, a mixture of seeds in each container. Planting dates were August 31, September 13, and September 20.
The first radishes, Early Scarlet Globe, matured quickly. The first harvest (from August 31 planting) was October 4. October was the month of the radishes!
In November I began covering the containers at night as our temperatures dipped below freezing.
The radishes were all gone by mid-December, but we enjoyed baby carrots all through December and January.
The Garden in 2012
The onions, Evergreen Long White Bunching, have been very slow growing. According to the seed packet, maturity is 120 days.
I pulled this one on Tuesday, January 24, just to see if they were big enough to eat. Small, but delicious! Look what a root system! Great potential, I think, for future growth. I'll give them more time. In the Spring I am going to plant onion sets instead of starting from onion seed, so as to get them going faster.
I've never grown lettuce or other salad greens, but thanks to the 52 Week Salad Challenge at Veg Plotting, I am going to give them a try this year.
I am hoping for a great year of growing my own salads!
And may all of you have a great year of growing and eating salads!
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