Garden Quote

March 25, 2010 :: Posted by - davidhimot :: Category - Garden Quotes

I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation.  It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse

Honey Bee Swarm

May 04, 2011 :: Posted by - davidhimot :: Category - Uncategorized

My neighbor keeps two honey bee hives. Yesterday one of the hives put our a swarm of bees. The swarm is looking for a new place to start its own hive. The following video is Don Brunsting capturing the swarm. Check it out!

Spring Veggies

April 12, 2011 :: Posted by - davidhimot :: Category - Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Broad Beans, Broadcast Sowing, Cabbage, Carrots, Cold Frame, Garden Structures, Kale, Lettuce, Peas, Raised Bed, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Uncategorized

So I let this domain lapse and had several people ask that I continue to post. I must say that it was quite gratifying. Anyhow, I had a discussion a couple of days ago with someone about what to plant this time of year. Well this is pretty early in the spring to plant anything that isn’t hardy. So here is a list of plants to put in during the early spring when frost is bound to visit.

Lettuce – most varieties are good
Spinach
Swiss Chard
Carrots
Cabbage
Beets
Asparagus
Arugula
Kale
Snow Peas
English Peas
Broad Bean – Fava Beans

All of these plants will do great in the cold climates. If you want to make them grow quickly you can cover them with a duche of some sort. Or start them in a hot house or cold frame. If you do get them from the nursery put them in the cold frame to harden them off as they are pretty tender and may be damaged by frost.

Myself I just broadcast seeded, throw seeds everywhere, recently tilled beds. Regular water and a little bit of mother natures love and the spring crop should be a 8 weeks away.

First Frost

October 19, 2010 :: Posted by - davidhimot :: Category - Cabbage, Cosmos, Eggplant, Garden Photos, Marigolds

This morning was the first good frost of the year. The good news is it was not a killing frost but a good one non the less. So I slipped out to the garden with my trusty camera and snapped some photos of a variety of plants. Here they are.

Garden Oct 19, 2010

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Garden Photos July 14

July 22, 2010 :: Posted by - davidhimot :: Category - Beans, Cucumbers, Garden Photos, Marigolds, Onions, Peas, Squash, Sunflowers

I have been meaning to upload these photos for the past week and finally got around to it.

Radicchio & Broad Beans

July 21, 2010 :: Posted by - davidhimot :: Category - Beans, Broad Beans, Garden Photos, Radicchio, Raised Bed, Uncategorized, Vegetables

The past two years I have been trying to grow some of the more exotic vegetables in the backyard beds. I figured that I would save money by producing them myself. Broad beans and Radicchio fall into this category. So last year I had tried to produce both of these. During the late fall I planted Broad beans. The thought being that as soon as the spring allowed them to germinate they would be off to an early start. What I didn’t account for was the fact that having the luscious nutritious beans sit dormant through the winter would make them attractive to foraging pests. So after planting 15-20 bean plants in the fall there were only 3 that survived through to the early spring. With such a low germination rate I decided to mover their location to make space for other plants. Even though I carefully transplanted the plants their production was severely reduced. At the end of the year I had three plants that produced a total of 9 bean bods.

This year I planted another 15 broad bean seed. I placed them between a couple rows of peas. Doing so gave them great support to grow tall and produce multiple bean pods on each plant but I would consider them a little stringy. None the less I am very happy that there are multiple pods on each plant.

Radicchio has been another difficult plant to produce. After starting a crop to late in the year, May. It never really developed. This year I planted very early, March and have been watching the plants grow as the weather gets hotter. I will be planting a second crop in early August to be ready in October. It is a hardy annual and if planted in high summer will get sweeter with the crisp cold fall weather.

Garlic arrived!

July 12, 2010 :: Posted by - davidhimot :: Category - Eggplant, Garlic, Herbs, Raised Bed, Storage, Tomatoes, Uncategorized

Wow today the 40 heads of garlic planted in the fall was harvested. Timing is everything in gardening and with garlic you have to watch for the right time to bring it out of the ground. Wait to long and the paper skin on the outside of the head tears and makes the head poor for storage. If you harvest them to soon they are not as large as the could be and your yield is compromised. To recognize the right time start checking the bulb size as soon as the leaves start to yellow. Moistening the soil bed before harvesting makes it easier to pull the heads out. If you do have to use a trowel when harvesting be careful not to damage the bulbs with the blade. If you do nick one of the bulbs just use that head immediately. img_6126

There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh garlic. It is not a spicy as stored garlic. The entire plant can be used to flavor dishes. The greens are considered a delicacy and has great flavor. But eating 40 heads of garlic in a couple of days is a tall order. I prefer to store the garlic for future use. To do this the bulbs need to kept in a warm dark place. I like to use my garage. Braiding the bulbs with the stems and greens is a great way to make a rope. That can be hung up. img_6130

The other great news about harvesting garlic is that there is now open space in the garden. Space to plant some of the heat loving vegetables like peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. Just add a healthy dose of fertilizer or compost to the now vacant soil and plant the seedlings right away.

Garden July 8th

July 09, 2010 :: Posted by - davidhimot :: Category - Beets, Garden Photos, Lettuce, Onions, Raised Bed, Swiss Chard, Uncategorized

Here are some photos I took of the backyard beds this morning.

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Spring Time Lapse Montage

April 28, 2010 :: Posted by - davidhimot :: Category - Uncategorized

I have been messing around with a new toy, an intervalometer. It measures time. I used it to create this montage of some of Backyard Beds garden flowers. Hope you enjoy.

April 18th Photos

April 20, 2010 :: Posted by - davidhimot :: Category - Garden Photos, Uncategorized

Here are some photos from the garden on April 18th.  We had a crazy fog that night that gave way to a beautiful morning. The sun burned off the fog and left all this condensation hanging on the spring plants.

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Daily Post

April 13, 2010 :: Posted by - davidhimot :: Category - Uncategorized

I am going to try and keep up with regular posts as the season comes on.  There is a lot going on in the Backyard Beds.  Peas just germinated and are up.  I have been busy putting together some trellis for them as they are going to need them soon.

Today’s Plantings

St. Valery Heirloom Carrots

Purple Haze Carrots

Sweetness II Carrots

Easter Egg Radish

Yellowstone Carrots

I also built a few more shelves in the greenhouse. Then moved all of the Tomatoes, Basil, Eggplant, and Peppers out. They are going to like the regular sun and warm daytime temps.  The greenhouse is seeing nighttime temps with the heater at about 55 degrees F.