Monday, June 12, 2017

Turnip Harvest



Yesterday I started to clean up the middle raised bed in the Kitchen Garden. Like all of my raised beds located there, this one has "gotten away" from me this Spring. Just a few weeks ago, both varieties of lettuce and the turnips planted in it were close to being mature. Now, just a few weeks later, they are past maturity and nearing bolting. I was most shocked at my "Tokyo Market" turnips. I swear the last time I looked at them they were still marble sized. Now most of them are 4" or more in diameter! I did manage to salvage about 8 of them that are still fairly small and tender. They weighted in at 13.1 oz. I washed them thoroughly and we will enjoy them diced in our salads. I will have to pull up the remaining monster turnips and toss them in the compost pile. Maybe the deer or rabbits will be brave enough to give them a try.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Sun Finally Returns


After a week of cold, rainy weather, the sun finally made an appearance today. Since it is way to wet to even think of working down in the Big Garden, I decided to concentrate on getting things off of my "to-do" list up at the house. I began by planting the 14 "Bright Lights" cosmos that I had dug up from the overflow kitchen garden a number of weeks ago. All of these plants are volunteers from last year's four plants. It will be fun to see how many of these have orange blooms and how many bloom yellow. Last year I only had on plant that had yellow blooms, so it seems that orange is a more dominate trait.


Here are all of the cosmos planted. I actually have 15 plants this year since another volunteer popped up and I didn't have the heart to pull it out.


Next I retrieved my "Pride of Wisconsin" muskmelon plants from the shop. They have spent most of the last week back under the grow lights, since the weather has been so miserable.


I laid out a section of black plastic and used earth staples to hold it in place. Then I cut out six small holes and set in my young muskmelon plants. I certainly hope the weather will change for good soon. These melon are going to need a lot of hot, sunny days if they have any hope of reaching maturity.


Here is an overview of the overflow Kitchen Garden area. At the far end are 4 "Ukrainian Purple" tomato plants. Then the middle section has my 6 "Pride of Wisconsin" muskmelon. Finally the 15 "Bright Lights"cosmos are planted closest to the patio. It all looks really good. I just wish this had been completed about two weeks ago.



I then turned my attention to planting the new perennials that we purchased last weekend at The Little Red Farm Nursery. I ended up setting in everything except for the two boxwood plants and the two digiplexis plants. I am really loving this yellow "Canary Feathers" corydalis. We have grown the blue version for a few years and really like it. This yellow is equally as stunning and I hope proves as hardy for us as the blue variety has.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Riding Hood Series Penstemon


Last year I purchased three penstemon in the Riding Hood Series. I lost one of them over the Winter, but the other two survived and have been happily growing all Spring. They burst into bloom this last week for the first time. I immediately realized that the plant I had labeled as "Blue Riding Hood" was not blue! I did a search on-line and decided that this is actually "Hot Pink Riding Hood".


While I was taking pictures, a fat bumble bee was busy working each individual bloom. I love growing plants that the pollinators enjoy too.


My other plants is "Red Riding Hood". It is a really nice, crayon-red color. Like the "Hot Pink Riding Hood", this plant has sent up 5 flowering stalks this year. I am really happy with both plants. Now I just need to see if I can find a "Blue Riding Hood" to fill out my collection.