Saturday, May 21, 2016

A full day in the garden

I harvested almost all of the remaining tatsoi (~8 plants, 3 quarts) and transplanted a dozen more in soil blocks to garden frames. I have been relying on the tatsoi for greens while the kale is developing and the parsley is recovering from the last cutting. It is good in smoothies. I also harvested about 8 gallons of lettuce including a couple of the romaines that were started in March. After adding sprouts to my garden tally for this year, my total savings from the garden is over $150. I figured an average of 1 jar of sprouts per week, but have had as many as five jars going at one time.

The first planted peas are reaching beyond the top of the protective cages, so a trellis was constructed for them to grow on. I expect to see pea flowers any day now. The carrots that I planted back in March are only a couple of inches tall.

Tomorrow I will set up the irrigation system which will allow more time for constructive activities this summer (much less time watering).

Friday, May 20, 2016

Graduation Day for Tomato Starts

The tomatoes in the basement were almost touching the lights at about 6" in height. I decided to get a few out this morning to enjoy the beautiful spring day. I planted them next to the peas and they will grow up behind the peas on the same trellis. Some of the remaining tomato starts will go to colleagues at work and the rest will be planted in a container.

Mid-day Update: the tomato plants were looking pretty sad. I guess the sun was a bit too intense compared with the flourescent lights they are accustomed to, so I put up a shade cloth. I transplanted the rest of the tall tomato starts into 1 quart yogurt containers and placed them on a tray out in the garden.

I have my work cut out for me this weekend with two more garden frames to build, three containers to fix and an irrigation system to run.

Thursday, May 19, 2016


I saw some ramps (allium tricoccum or "wild leek") at the Co-op this morning with roots still attached. I remember being introduced to ramps in middle school while running cross-country trails through the woods and haven't had them since, but I thought this would be an interesting addition to our diet, so we now have several planted in frame 2-1. From what I understand, ramps like to stay in the shade during the heat of summer, so maybe I won't cut back the silver maple all of the way. It might be good to have one or two frames in the shade during the hottest part of the day for heat sensitive plants like lettuce and peas.

More cucumber seeds have sprouted and a couple of summer squash. The earliest tomato plants cannot wait longer than this weekend to be transplanted into larger containers. I have concluded that it was not vole damage but an overlooked harvested tatsoi that I found in garden frame 1-2 the other day.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Return of the Vole?

I spied a withered tatsoi in frame 1-2 today at lunchtime. It appears to have been cut off at the base. The question is whether I cut it and left it in the garden the other day or if it was the work of a vole? I will investigate further when I get back home. Update: I think it was me.

The back row of garden frames is getting a significant amount of shade from the silver maple, the tree guy quoted $800 to trim it back. I think that I might have to see what I can do on my own with a rented lift.