2011年5月4日水曜日

not just rice- garden update

All the work in the rice paddy is great but man can not live on rice alone. Well actually K probably could but the rest of us would miss veggies I'm sure!

So in the downtime from the rice paddy we have been busy planting out veggies. It's been a cold Spring so far and the frost warnings haven't ket up yet so it's a cautious approach to the Spring planting this year. My neighbour the garden guru- the one who grows all her own seedlings from seeds in her green house and seed saves to boot- says the seedlings are 10 days behind this year. That 10 days is a boon for us as we are about a week behind normal with the extra work.


The last of the kale with the snow peas (planted in three stages) behind.


The herb garden. Garlic chives, chives, coriander, Italian parsley and the last of the coloured swiss chard which is re-sprouting from the base. Bonus! At the back under the white curtain are next years Japanese leeks (negi) in their incubator and behind that we are starting habanero, jalapeno, stick broccoli, sweet bite tomatoes, pest deterring marigolds, morning glory and some mixed flowers the girls are growing under a humidi-sheet called 'love sheet' which Meg can't say without giggling.


The return of the black plastic. Sigh. It really does make a difference.... from the left is the bed set aside for the green peppers and eggplant, the corn (planted in three stages), snap peas, green beans and soy beans, the bed set aside for the zuchinni, the chilli bed, the tomato bed (with its frame up but no plastic shelter yet) and at the far end on the embankment we have green and purple asparagus.


The other half of the garden (we have three sets of rows this year- the top is all leeks, the middle was the picture above and this is the bottom) from the bottom of the picture- basil seeds and a couple of seedlings because we can't wait! The two containers are jars we turned into mini hot houses as it's a little chilly for basil still. Then it's the wintered greens that are going to seed and are being re-sown as we pull them up. We reserve one bed a year for this as we want a constant supply of salad greens. We have five or 6 varieties of salad greens at the moment and more to come as it warms up. Then there's the okra bed, the fennel bed, the red and yellow pepper bed and one for cabbage (I think) before you get to the embankment with its row of German irises.


The blueberry bushes are in bud and the rhubarb and raspberries are shooting like mad. This is berry alley- a pie in the making without even moving!

We also planted five varieties of potatoes in the top field and will plant sweet potatoes and soy beans for drying to make miso and other beans for preserving as well up there. We'll grow pumpkins on the compost heap again as that worked last week and it lets them go wild without getting in the way of anything else. It looks like being a good year in the garden. Fingers crossed of course!


The best way to view the garden!

2 件のコメント:

j. さんのコメント...

that last photo makes me want to pack up and move to the country asap.

Georgina さんのコメント...

Wow, this sounds awesome. I can't for the life of me imagine growing my own veggies. I love that all the family muck in together and that the girls seem to have their own "projects" too.

Great pics. I love your everchanging header photos!