Garden Update – May 13, 2014

I haven’t written a garden post yet this year and it’s high time for an update. Here’s what’s going on in my garden, TODAY, May 13, 2014.
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After a brutally cold winter and a very slow spring, I’ve finally got a bit of progress to share in my garden. I’ve been hard at work the last few weeks getting going. It’s hard to get a picture of my entire garden as it’s roughly 40 feet x 65 feet in size. I’ve got quite a lot planted already and plenty more to plant in the next few days. In my area of Eastern Iowa, we’re typically in frost danger until May 15. While I think we’re safely out of frost danger now on May 13, the next couple of nights have projected lows around 39. I’m contemplating covering up a few of my crops – tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and cucurbits that are already growing

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These two pictures can give you a pretty good idea of what’s going on in my garden. For reference, the chicken coop is on the west side of my garden and my first chicks are showing up tomorrow! I’m pretty sure that the addition of chickens will mean fencing my garden protect my baby plants – although it will be a while before they chicks are old enough to put outside. Shhh. Don’t tell my husband that a fence is now on the list. 😉

May garden update simplify live loveThis is a close up of my corn patch. I planted golden bantam sweet corn on 5/6 and have two more varieties of corn yet to plant. As you can see, the only thing besides weeds growing in my corn field so far are these delightful mushrooms.
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I’m quite proud of my pea area. I’ve got sugar snap, maestro, and dwarf blawschokker peas growing here. I’ve planted atomic red and amarillo carrots in between the pea rows, but haven’t found any baby carrots yet. I have yet to have a good pea crop – usually they come in very spottily and are gobbled up by my kids before I can get them in the house. While I’m not griping that my kids like to eat my peas directly out of the garden, I am thrilled with the 3 lovely rows of peas and am dreaming of enormous pea harvests so I get to eat a few too!

May garden update simplify live love-004New in my garden this year are sweet potatoes! I’ve got 18 Beauregard sweet potato plants and really hope they yield a bumper crop.

May garden update simplify live love-007I’ve got a nice little row of spinach. If I get a lot, I plan to freeze some for smoothies!

May garden update simplify live love-006The big surprise I found in my garden this year was a lot of volunteer lettuce. I moved a dozen plants into my little pea area and left the rest to grow with the weeds in the future bean area. I kept thinking I would hoe them out – but the more I look at them, the more I realize I will have a nice little salad with all of these volunteers when I finally plant my beans in the next week or so. Yay for volunteer lettuce!

May garden update simplify live love-003I’ve got 4 types of potatoes planted – purple viking, yukon gold, nicola, and cobbler. I planted them on 4/19 and have quite a few up by now.

May garden update simplify live love-002This is my brassica area. I’ve got 8 broccoli plants, 4 cauliflower, 4 brussel sprouts, and 20 {I think} cabbages. I’m really excited about homemade sauerkraut. I made a bunch last year and it was soooo tasty. I’m also hoping for cauliflower and brussel sprouts this year as I haven’t had a decent crop of either one in quite a few years.

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My onions are also looking great. I planted three types on 4/19 – 100 red, 100 yellow, and 32 shallots. I also added a few stragglers from last year’s garden that I found in my barn that were sprouting. I planted them all too – some are growing and others are not.

Clearly, I have a lot of work ahead of me. With the cooler forecast, I don’t plan to add anything else to my garden until the weekend, I think. I have a lot of mulching and weeding to do in the meantime, as well as berry bushes to plant. My poor berry patch was destroyed in our house building endeavors – all asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants – gone. Poof! 🙁 I’ve already started a new strawberry and asparagus patch and have other berry bushes waiting for a new home.

And that’s it! That’s what’s going on in my garden. How is your garden growing?
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  1. Very nice! I love how you labeled the garden at the top. Let me know how the sweet potatoes go, I have thought about doing that, but never have.I love garden updates. I will update soon. So excited for garden goodies!!
  2. I share your excitement. I've got tomatoes, bell peppers, poblano peppers, beans, baby bok choy (!!) and a whole bunch of brussels sprouts that are all going great guns. I've also got a wonderful herb garden going with all that I need for my provence seasoning mix. It's my first time with brussels sprouts ...I do hope they live up to my expectations! :)
  3. I too struggle to get a decent crop of broccoli. I'm giving it a try again this year but we are going to be in the upper 80's again, which is really unusual for us here. So I'm hoping my peas do alright with the heat. I know broccoli doesn't like heat either so they might be doomed. I hope your plants do alright with the cold weather.
  4. Wow! I'm a first time visitor, so I have some reading to do- but wow for your garden and all your work! I can't wait to see the bounty and all the great stuff you make! I agree, homemade sauerkraut is the best!

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