The Garden – 2011

I know what you’re thinking – Kid Dynamite is about to regale us with a tale of seeing Larry Bird dominate the Boston Garden in the late 1980s.  Nope – this is just a post about our vegetable garden, which we finally got planted this weekend.

After a very late snow melt combined with 10 straight days of rain earlier in May, we were a solid 2 weeks late in getting stuff planted in the garden this year.  While I was partying hard in New Jersey at the Phish shows, Mrs. Dynamite diligently weeded the garden so it was all ready for planting when I returned.  We bought our 6-packs at the same nursery as last year, but the selection was definitely more picked over this year, as we were so late in the season.  In any case, we mapped out the garden, added borders (which we put in last fall) and moved some stuff around to optimize space. We also decided to try some black weed-barrier fabric, in order to, well obviously, reduce weeding.  We will take it up at the end of the season – hopefully – if it hasn’t eroded by then.

Here’s what we have, left to right, top to bottom:

1) 1 watermelon, 1 cantaloupe, 4 cherry tomato, 2 zucchini, 1 yellow squash, 2 pumpkin.  These are all new crops for us.

2) peas (with the white fence as a trellis), broccoli, brussels sprouts, green onions from seed, basil & cilantro from seed.  There is empty space on the lower left, where we will plant additional rows of basil & cilantro every few weeks, as they are prone to go to seed.

3) cucumbers (in trellises), bush beans from seed, eggplant,  hot cherry peppers, jalapeno peppers, green bell peppers, red bell peppers.  Yes – I went crazy with the peppers.

4) asparagus around the edges (perennial), tomatoes in the cages:  5 supersonic, 5 Cherokee Purple heirloom.

5) perennials:  mint (existing), rhubarb (existing) night meadow sage (existing).  Parsley (2 – new), sage, strawberries (8)

bonus pics:

asparagus popping up:  these things grow, literally, 3 inches or more in a day. You can see the little nub next to it where I already harvested one.  We are also letting some of them grow tall and go to seed, to feed the root system for next year

Purple asparagus, turns green when cooked

Reverse view of the tomato/asparagus patch (pepper patch in the background).  Those tall spindly looking things on the bottom and right borders are asparagus that we didn’t harvest.  They fern out:

reverse view of the pepper/eggplant/bean/cucumber patch:

Now, as I mentioned, this year’s plants don’t look as initially dominant as last year’s plants, but I’m hoping a few weeks will cure that. The good news is that I’ll know by the time I get back from vacation (leaving for Hawaii on Wednesday). The bad news is that I’ll be relying on the dog-sitter / house-sitter to water the garden for me – which I’m sure she will be able to do quite capably…

Updates to come later in the season.



2010 garden planting

2010 growing update

2010 tomato hornworms

2010 zombie hornworm infested with parasitic wasp eggs

2010 garden bounty

2010 late season




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