Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New frame

Last night I was able to fill another 4'x4' frame and transplant 12 cabbage plants that have been hanging out on trays in frame 2-3. I used (8) 40lb bags of potting soil, mushroom compost, leaf compost, Bumper Crop, peat moss and perlite to fill the frame made of 2x8's. After filling and transplanting, I covered the plants with ag-cloth to keep the cabbage moths out and to provide some shade.

The peas that were flowering last week are now ready for eating. Also, we picked 5 ripe raspberries yesterday evening.

I tested the drip irrigation harnesses on three frames. It seemed like there was not quite enough pressure to run them as they should. I will have to add valves to the main distribution line to separate the garden into watering zones receiving available pressure at different times.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Drip irrigation

Several garden frames received drip irrigation harnesses this weekend, though they are not yet operational because I need to separate the front yard from the backyard loop and I am not sure yet whether I can run all frames at once. The sprinklers that I am using are definitely sensitive to pressure variation.

The tomatoes and peppers that were transferred to containers are growing quickly and the basil is ready for a first harvest. The leaf lettuce in frame 2-1 will be ready for harvest by the time we finish the last of the romaine. Squash and cucumbers are following the peas up the trellis in frames 1-3 and 2-3.

Flax and Queen Anne's Lace are blooming

Also, Daisies, Black-Eyed Susan, Easter Lilies, Common Lilies, and almost Thistle. Peonies, Iris and Poppy are finished.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Final romaine and spinach harvest

I harvested the last of the romaine lettuce and the spinach.

The spinach was started April 6 and planted outside April 19. I started harvesting May 28, so the time from seed to harvest was 52 days lasting to 77 days.

The lettuce was started March 15 and planted outside April 12. I started harvesting May 21, so the time from seed to harvest was 67 days lasting to 99 days.

The leaf lettuce that was planted last September had bolted by about June 11.