Well I’m sorry for not posting at all last week. We took a little vacation to Southern California with the kids and a week ago and I spent all of last week catching up at work. But now we are back and refreshed and ready to tackle a warm summer full of gardening.
Here’s our week end garden project. We decided before we put in the warm season garden that we desperately needed to get some compost in the newly tilled soil of our new garden space. Look at this beautiful dark compost! It’s an organic compost produced here locally by an egg farm. We were able to buy it bulk from a small nursery in our town.
I forgot to take a picture of it before I started unloading but we did get a full cubic yard that filled the back of the truck bed. Really I could have found space for 2 yards but it’s pretty pricey so I decided to just do one yard for now and maybe get another load in the fall.
I’m a big fan of top dressing with compost. It makes the beds look nice for a while and over the course of the next couple of months the compost will get worked into the top few inches of soil though normal planting and weeding. It’s also a lot less work! 🙂
We haven’t taken you on a tour of the garden for a few weeks so let’s wander through the garden for a few minutes and see how things have progressed. Here’s the spring planted broccoli. It’s looking good but not progressing quite as well as I’d hoped for mid May. I think next year I may try to get them out a few weeks earlier and maybe protect them with a hoop house.
The Pac Choy is an unfortunate casualty to our warm, dry spring. I have a hard time getting Pac Choy to grow in the spring here in Utah. Almost every time I try it this is the result. Tiny plants that bolt way before they are ready to harvest. This will be my last attempt. I’m afraid I will have to limit my Chinese cabbages to the fall.
The garlic is looking great! It will be nice to have home grown garlic again this year!
The onions are also looking great, but they too have been struggling a bit with the dry weather. I guess it’s time to start irrigating!
The peas are progressing and are hopefully on schedule for a mid June harvest!
The celery planted just before we left for vacation has really grown!
While we were gone to California we a couple of cold nights that weren’t in the forecast when we left. We must have had a light frost because the potatoes got nipped a bit. Nothing to serious but it will set them back a few weeks.
I was happy to see green leaves coming out on both the bare root peach . . .
and Almond trees we planted before we left!!
The spring planted kale is coming along. These plants are actually intended for early fall harvest so they will just grow most of the summer and be ready for us to eat in September.
The strawberry patch is a good example of what happens if you ignore your new garden for 10 days! Look at all the stinking weeds!!
I’ve been showing pictures of these 3 trays of seedlings for weeks now, but I promise the next time you see these plants they will be in the garden. In fact I hope we get them in tonight!!
And of course last but not least our fantastic lettuce bed! Still more than we can keep up with, over the last two weeks we have picked more than 2.5 pounds of lettuce!
Here’s a shot of the weekend harvest. We are no longer trying to just pick individual leaves but instead we are harvesting whole heads.
Here’s the totals for the last two weeks:
Lettuce – 2 lbs
Spinach – .50 lbs
Total 2.50 lbs
Our annual total now stands at about 44.50 pounds. Thanks again for reading Stoney Acres! I’ve really enjoyed all the new folks that have been stopping by and posting comments. Please check back later this week for some more fun stuff, later this week we will have a growing guide for early spring planted potatoes, Also a little DIY post on replacing window screens and later in the week Mrs. Stoney will be making her blogging debut! I know I’ve been talking about it for a month now but she has finally sat down and started writing some posts including a really good salad recipe that she will be sharing on Saturday. Look for more posts from her with lots of home recipes and baking tips, and posts about our move away from processed foods and to “real” foods.
We will be joining several blog hops this week including the Tuesday Garden Party at an Oregon Cottage, Garden Tuesday at Sidewalk Shoes, The Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead and of course the Monday Harvest Report at Daphne’s Dandelions!