Due to an out-of-state trip, we only had 5 partial days and a lot to do in the garden. This has been the most plants we’ve seeded and transplanted this season, so it’s been a short but intense week in the garden.
One of the hardest aspects of our garden is its limited space and sun location. But with the aids of verticals (like the arches), square foot spacing, rotations, and our nifty “Garden Planner” software, we can manage fairly well. Still, we have to choose one variety or just a few among so many. Seems like every time though, there’s a tendency to overplant.
If you’re interested in learning more about the garden planner we use (pictured below), we wrote about it here.
All of our straw bales are conditioned, ready, and have been planted this week with:
- Leafy Kale
- Tomatoes (Royal Hillbilly, Dad’s Sunset, and the determinate Celebrity)
- Squash (Spaghetti, Butternut, Honeyboat Delicata, Lemon, and zukes)
- Eggplants (Black Beauty)
- Italian Parsley
- Broccoli (Premium Crop)
- Cabbage (Stonehead)
- Kohlrabi (Purple Heirloom)
- Pole Beans ( Mother Stollard)
- Bush Beans (Calima and Purple Tee Pee)
Today brings the first harvest of our Sugar Pod Ann peas. The change to a wider, more organized spacing and trellising has really worked well. Much better than just dropping them willy-nilly in a trench and allowing them to grow ALL over each other. We talked about the trellising method here.
We have space for about 20 more tomato plants and there are some 35 seedlings coming on:
- Golden King of Siberia
- Cherokee Purple
- Black Beauty
We will also have an overabundance of pepper plants:
- Red Marconi
- Emerald Giant
- Buena Mulata
- Quadrato d’Asti Rosso
The solution? Last year, we set up a booth at the Pilot Mountain Farmer’s Market and did OK selling our extra tomato plants, comfrey, and peppers. Plus, we got to interact and network with fellow gardening enthusiasts. Much wisdom can be gleaned by engaging with vendors even at these small-town markets.
This year, rather than cramp our “Knock-Out” roses, they were relatively unpruned and are now the “Pollinator Hilton”. Very pretty too alongside the blooming comfrey.
Being outside in the garden is also enhanced by the blooming flame azaleas wafting their delicate scent and painting the landscape with their brilliant colors. In fact, flowers and Spring) are busting out all over. We’re so grateful to experience such beauty returning year after year.
Hope you all are having a wonderful season opener (finally)! Please, do drop us a note or comment on our Facebook page. Perhaps you can share with us which are your favorite pollinators. May your gardens flourish, and your harvest be bountiful!
~ Coleman for GardensAll
G. Coleman Alderson is an entrepreneur, land manager, investor, gardener, and author of the novel, Mountain Whispers: Days Without Sun. Coleman holds an MS from Penn State where his thesis centered on horticulture, park planning, design, and maintenance. He’s a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and a licensed building contractor for 27 years. “But nothing surpasses my 40 years of lessons from the field and garden. And in the garden, as in life, it’s always interesting because those lessons never end!” Coleman Alderson