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Running out of Space

I’m typically much better in the planning department garden wise. I have a map and a schedule and while I don’t always follow it 100% I am pretty good about getting just about everything in and out if not on schedule pretty close to the plan. This year is totally different. No plan, barely a map and the garden is full well before I am ready to quit planting. Part of the problem was the many rows of garlic I planted last fall. Nobody needs that much garlic but like an addict needing a fix I just kept planting. Fortunately the kale isn’t long for being pulled. I picked one plant clean this weekend and will get to the other three as soon as we can eat what we have.

The leeks are about 5″ tall and went into the ground today. I planted about 30 for us and had barely made a dent in what had come up. I gave the extras to Anita, the owner of Rock Farm.

I accidentally demolished one of the rows of beets I planted last month. Large feet and not paying attention. Today I planted a 2 more rows of the cylindrical beets where the Roquette was. I noticed a few beets survived the winter as tiny seedlings and are sending up some seed pots. They are next to the ow kale and will come out as soon as I can get the kale picked and pulled.

I also scattered some dill in an 18″ circle. Last year I planted the dill with the nigella. Not a great idea as they look too much alike.

It looks like the birds have made off with the bulk of my peas. 3 seedlings have emerged and there are holes where the others should be. I replanted into some 4″ pots that I’ll keep on the deck till they get big enough to be able to fend for themselves.

The kale, chard and zinnias I started under lights were large enough to go into 4″ pots. The basil is suffering. Not sure what the problem is but it isn’t happy. The green onions were a bust too. I picked up some variegated nasturtiums and started 6 pods of them under lights.

Another Year Begins

Last year I missed the leeks at the garden center so I decided to seed some leeks rather than try to buy some starts. I used one of those plastic salad containers that you get greens in. They have a lid and are about 6″x8″ and about 4-6″ deep. I’ll kept them in front of the sliding glass door where they will get bright but indirect light for the most part until they sprout.

January has been a dark, cold and wet month. Today was my first trip to the garden this year. No real work today, still recovering from surgery in late Dec., this was an ‘OMG I have to get out of the house lets go to the garden’ trip.

The garlic is up about 4-6 inches and looks good considering. I ended up losing all but a couple of the green onions and half of the shallots which was disappointing. The Egyptian Walkers seem to have made it though.

There are 4 or 5 Russian kale plants from last fall that seem to be doing well. We found clubroot not far from where they are planted so how they will do remains to be seen. A couple of the curly leaved variety are laying over and not looking very well. I’ll probably end up removing them during my first real work trip.

I seeded some greens last fall that didn’t end up making a showing but are up now. I’ll have to look back at what they were.

I ended up pulling the overwintered carrots. Very chewed up with root maggot I suppose. I think carrots are one of those ‘more trouble than they are worth’ here. I suppose I could cover them but it never seems to happen.

The horseradish I planted in the sunken clay pot is poking up. Darn, I had hoped to get it dug before it started growing again. I pulled the pot to take it home to deal with later.

All in all it was a great trip. If nothing else a learning experience. It was nice to get in the fresh air and get my hands dirty if only for a little bit.

Are leeks supposed to wriggle?

Before tilling in all the leaves I harvested the rest of the Leeks I had planted this spring. Much to my disappointment (and disgust) they were infested with what appeared to be onion maggots. A small fly lays its eggs at the base of the plant and when you harvest instead of seeing roots you see a wriggling mass. Needless to say we didn’t eat any of this last harvest. I need to do some research on this pest. I have only grown onions one other year and didn’t have a problem with the maggots then or on the crop of multipliers I grew this spring. Perhaps they prefer leeks? I’ve got all winter to determine what, if anything I will need to do next year for next year’s onions. Anybody know any organic controls for this one?

Potato Leek Soup

Last week I mulched my 1/2 of my double row of leeks with some manure/humus mix I bought bagged at the local garden center. My plan is to harvest the other half during the rest of the summer and then harvest the half I just mulched through the fall. At least that is my plan. I’ve never grown leeks before and they may be ready much sooner than I am.

What to do with all these leeks? If anyone has any recipes I am all ears. So far my favorite by far is Potato Leek Soup. It can be served cold or hot but I prefer it hot. As with most of my recipes I don’t really measure so the amts are aproximate. Your mileage may vary.

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Potato Leek Soup.

3-4 cups chopped leeks
1 Tbs butter
3 Tbs olive oil
1-2 cans chicken stock
water if necessary
6-8 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 potato peeled and thinly sliced
1 can evaporated milk

Add the butter, olive oil and to a stock pot. Cook on low-medium heat till softened. Add chicken stock and potatoes. You want the liquid just to the top of the potatoes. Add more or less stock and or water as necessary. The thinly sliced potato is to help thicken the soup. It will cook faster than the cubes. Boil on low-medium heat till the potatoes are tender. Add evaporated milk. Mash somewhat with a potato masher to help break down some of the potatoes. This helps to thicken the soup. Enjoy

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Tomatoes, broccoli, squash, Stellas, Dianthus and Leeks in early June

Blackberries - June 7, 2005

The tomatoes are the Big Beef and Classicas I started during the greenhouse class in March/April. I grew the BB last year and was pleased. They were huge, good tangy tomato flaver and because they were indeterminates we had tomatoes for some time. The Classica’s are a paste tomato I am growing for drying this year. I always liked the San Marzanos but we get the blight here and I have found that growing anything not resistant insures a minscule crop that doesn’t last long. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on the flaver of these.

The broccoli came from starts from the local Walmart. First 9 then a couple of weeks later 9 more. We have harvested the main heads from the first 9 and am about ready to harvest some of the second 9 as well as some side shoots off the earlier ones. Not sure of the variety but they had really good flavor.

Stella Daylilies - June 7, 2005

The zucchini is my old standby Black Beauty. I’ve had the seed for these for several years and introduced some new genes into the pool this year with the addition of a new seed packet. I have 3 hills from what was started in the greenhouse, 2 hills of later starts and I planted some seed yesterday for another hill in a month or so when some of the first 3 should be winding down.

The Stella D’Oro daylillies I rec’d at last year’s plant swap are doing great. They were nothing more than spindly little guys in a shovel full of gravel last year and with some TLC they are doing awesome this year. Thank you to who ever I rec’d these from.

Dianthus - June 7, 2005

I started these Dianthus way back when mom was still here. They were one of the two plants (a creeping phlox) that I brought with me when we left her place. They had lived in a pot until last year. I actually thought I had lost them as they hadn’t bloomed in a year or two and were doing very poorly. I decided to plant them out and give them one last shot…glad I did. I never realized i had three different flower color/types in there.

Leeks - June 7, 2005

These leeks are the Solinaise(sp?) variety I purchased from Park. So far they are looking great. This is a new crop for me. Keeping my fingers crossed. At $1.50 each at the grocery I am looking forward to putting some of these in the freezer for storage.

Comfrey, broccoli, strawberries, leeks, wintergreen, huckleberry, currants, herbs making a showing.

Tried seeding some comfrey in float trays day before yesterday.

Planted out some more broccoli from Walmart.

The strawberries are in bloom.

Planted out some more leeks.

Dug up some raspberry starts for trade and to send some to Mallie.

Planted out the wintergreen and huckleberry from ebay. Not impressed with the teaberry but the huckleberry is probably ok.

Rec’d and planted out the 2 red currant. They are looking pretty good. Nice large plants from Jung I believe.

The mint, echinacea, calendula, sage, valerian is all sending out new growth. the bee balm, catnip and St. John’s wort are fairly large as are the yarrow

Oh No More Leeks!

60 turned into 260 which is turning into at least another 60. It all started simply enough. Order some leek transplants since the lack of a greenhouse pretty much insures no leek harvest here. 60 should be more than we will ever need I thought. I was pleasently surprised when my bundle of leeks came from Park Seed several weeks ago. There were at least 70 large sturdy transplants and another almost 200 of smaller transplants. Since the ground has been so wet they went into float trays temporarily. (see previous post) Well last night I received an email telling me that they had sent out my 60 leeks… yesterday. More leeks? No its the Egyptian Walking Onions I am waiting for I wrote in my reply email. Well this evening I learned that the EWO were sold out when I ordered them (nice of them to keep them in the online catalog and they are still there as of this morning). They didn’t have an record of sending me any leeks so they sent the order out. So… I have enough leeks for the tri-state area but still no Egyptian Walking Onions. Anybody want to trade some leeks for walking onions?

Running out of Room

I was out in the garden a couple of times this year so far. I was able to get in before the last set of rains came and plant some early veggies. Then came the torrents. My seeds are probably over in the church parking lot by now. At least the parishioners will have fresh veggies.

I have been slowly trying to build up my fruit supply. I ordered 6 more raspberry plants (I put 6 out last year) and put them in pots (ground too wet by the time I got them). I did get the 25 Ozark Beauty day neutral strawberries in the ground though. The 2 filberts and 1 gooseberry (lots of thorns, never tried them, hope they are good) went in to containers as they came in. I am going to end up putting the filberts in half barrels and will deal with the gooseberry if anything comes of it.

The rhubarb I planted last year is coming up and the blackberries are sending out leaves. I have 260 leeks in float trays, a head of elephant garlic and a couple dozen shallots waiting for the soil to dry. I have some walking onions on order and that is all I am waiting on this year.

I have carved my non perennial garden from about 40×60 to two spots. One is 12×15 and the other is about 15×40. Just enough room for some of the annual veggies. One area is fenced in as I can’t get the beans, spinach and lettuce over about an inch tall with the rabbits around here. They usually don’t bother the tomatoes and peppers as long as I allow some weeds to grow in the garden at planting. If I till it bare they repay me by eating what ever I put in the ground.

The local high school put an announcement in the paper calling for residents wanting to play in their greenhouse. They have a beautiful 2 year old greenhouse and for $10 we can sow seeds to our hearts content. It gives the kids something to take care of and gives us green house space for the next month. A good time is had by all. If everything I have sown comes up I’ll need to till up that church parking lot

Leeks, gooseberry, filberts are here

The 60 Solaise leeks from Park seed came today along with the filbert trees. The trees weren’t wrapped or anything and the leeks were pretty dry. The leeks turned into 260 and went into float trays temporarily. The filberts went into pots.

2-3 weeks or so ago I rec’d the gooseberry and put it in a pot. Very thorny

by: kerry