Sunday, June 1, 2008

First Day of June

Here's a photo of one of last year's "Iris Bed Designers" who rearranged them last summer. I know he is admiring his handywork!

Hail damaged sweet basil...

First Royal Purple bush bean seedling for the season. There are a few more that were snipped off, so I am thinking something ate them. I may have to lightly cover that area with some pulled weeds so the seedlings are not as visible.

Some of the sunflowers are now a foot tall. Others planted later or in less ideal locations are not as tall or robust but seem to be doing ok, too. Not sure why some sunflowers haven't germinated at all. The weeds, of course, continue to flourish!

We are definately behind last year in planting things out. The long, cold spring did not inspire one to set plants out too early this year. The tomato planted a month ahead of everyone else does not appear to be appreciably further along than the ones I planted out last week. Of course, the peas loved the spring this year.

One of the nice things about having a large garden as opposed to a small farm is that it only takes 15 minutes to plant out a bed of beans and there are no tractor requirements. And only 15 minutes to plant out 3 tomato babies.

    Done so far today
  • Planted a whole pack of Pensil Pod Yellow Bush Beans - about 120 seeds
  • Planted a Red Pear tomato and a Sweet Baby Girl tomato plant in raised bed 3 (where the garlic is ripening)
  • Planted a Yellow Pear tomato to the east of the Rescue Apple tree
  • Dead-headed spent iris blooms
  • Watered everything
  • Pulled a 5 gal bucket of weeds and added to the top of the compost pile
  • Took pictures


Anonymous said...

I live and garden in Iowa, but I'm considering a move to Oregon's high desert country. I look forward to following your garden adventures near Reno.

KMU said...

I'm not sure about Oregon, but out here, one needs a good well and imported organic matter. Mulch, mulch, mulch, mulch, mulch. The bearded irises seem to not mind snow, sun, heat, dry and wind. Maples and apple trees are doing well, although I won't bet on harvesting apples most years. The flowers are beautiful, though... Tomatoes have a hard time with the high temps and 40 degree day to nigh temperature swings. Hard neck garlic loves it here. Peas don't really like the way we go from winter to summer with only a week of spring, but I've found if I plant about 3 times what I would have planted in Georgia, I get enough of a harvest to amuse myself. I LOVE peas, so even though they take a lot of space due to having to plant so much, I figure, they are putting nitrogen into the sand, food into my tummy and providing the compost pile with green matter. Can't complain too much about that!

My first adventures here are chronicled at but when I discovered blogging, well, pretty much I haven't updated the site since 2007.

Thank you for your comments. I once thought you couldn't garden here because I didn't see anyone doing it - but I am, and while a little more work, I'm enjoying my little successes and small miracles.

kat said...

I love your chickies. The pictures are great and I've never seen pictures of chickens like that but then I've never been around chickens. Didn't know chickens came in so many varieties, ha, ha. Love the info.