(Apologies in advance for bogging down your bandwidth with a multitude of pictures.)
|Second lettuce planting. I had originally made seed tapes during winter that were a fail, for the most part|
-- the tapes wouldn't stay anchored and the germination was very spotty so this bed was direct seeded instead.
|This is the seed tape lettuce, which looks good now but filled in very slowly|
and frustratingly and is a method that I won't repeat.
|Ching Chang bok choy on the left and two types of beets on the right: Golden and Chioggia.|
I picked 2/3 of the bok choy yesterday to make pesto, so this bed looks a lot more barren now.
|I knew that oilseed radishes were a fall crop, but I had enough on hand to try seeding a spring crop|
and see what happens. Plus, this way it chokes out the weeds in this bare spot and makes for an easy experiment.
|Tondo Scuro di Piacenza summer squash.|
|Tennessee Red Valencia peanuts (green) and more Rouge d'Hiver romaine lettuce|
(as a weed suppressing companion crop).
|Front left: Rossa di Treviso Precoce radicchio; back left: Cour di Bue and Red Acre cabbages; upper right:|
Benning's Green Tint Scallop, Gray Zucchini, and Lemon squashes; top left: more radicchio and cabbage.
|Left: Michihili cabbage; right: Ebenezer, Stuttgarter, Texas Early Grano|
and Whethersfield onions (onion plantings extend way beyond the picture).
|Desiree Dwarf Blauwschokkers pea flowers.|
|Beans interplanted with another round of lettuces. The idea is to see whether|
the lettuces shaded by the beans withstand rising temperatures better than the non-shaded ones.
|Highly disappointed in the germination rate of the Red Giant mustard greens,|
but maybe it just wasn't warm enough yet for them.
|The saddest looking bed yet, but by mid-summer, this SHOULD be overflowing:|
marigolds, nasturtiums, Swiss chard, mustard greens, and cucumbers.
|Upper L to R: marigolds and a hodgepodge of flower starts, nasturtiums, Danvers carrots;|
Lower row: Chocolate Stripes, Great White, Dad's Sunset, Green Zebra,
and Egg Yolk tomatoes (I had an Eva Purple Ball tomato, but it bit the dust).
|Artichokes, chives, oregano, and more (slug-eaten) beans.|
|Berry patch: black raspberries and strawberries, with a few volunteer kale,|
lettuce and artichoke plants thrown in for good measure.
|Blackberries, red raspberries and over-wintered broccoli that flowered but never produced any edibles.|
That's not all of it, but whew! for today.