Collecting Mache Seeds

Sunday, July 5, 2020

X Eating Mache

No one tell my mache-loving dog, but the early-bolted mache is nearly dried up. I've removed two completely dead plants after collecting the seeds, and only one remains, but not for long!
Harvesting Mache Seeds
The lettuce/garlic/mache bed
June 26, 2020
Mache & Softneck Garlic (recently planted romaine & lettuce, too) in the Hoop Tunnel
May 3, 2020

Salad Harvest

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Some harvested Curly Kale, Freckles Romaine, and Butterhead Buttercrunch Lettuce Freckles Romaine growing in the garden

There's a little bit of a salad garden going on around here. We've reached a point in the growing season that we can pretty much pick a side salad for dinner everyday. A little buttercrunch butterhead, a lot of Freckles Romaine, and some young curly kale leaves as an accent. Perhaps a leaf or two of red mustard. I think next year I'd like to grow a couple more varieties of heat-resistant lettuce to basically grow a mesclun mix.
Garden Salad (a salad from the garden?)

Earlier in the season, there'll be arugula, but it's busy going to seed right now (too hot):
Bolted Arugula

The dog also enjoys eating salads, but maybe not in spring when that salad included a few leaves of red mustard greens (spicy!!!).
X eating lettuce snack
X and buttercrunch, freckles romaine, red mustard

The difference in 2.5 weeks

Sunday, June 28, 2020

June 26, 2020:

The bean/lettuce/kale/pepper/eggplant bed

June 9, 2020:
Growing French Breakfast Radishes

We're really quite fully into growing season. Even the 3 puny little baby mixed kale I winter sowed and survived the delayed planting are starting to take off! The peppers and I, however, have some disagreements about how life should be lived. They're currently winning the battle (i.e., receiving fertilizer).

Radish Harvest

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Radish Harvest (~4 weeks)

Radishes are weird. I'm not really sure why my one batch of French Breakfast Radishes could be harvested at 4 weeks (and were HUGE) and the other batches at 5 and 6 weeks are still pretty tiny. Ah the joys of gardening, always a learning experience (and a mystery?).
Anyways, I've been harvesting these French Breakfast radishes for a couple weeks now.
Radish Harvest (~4 weeks)
4 weeks
Radish Harvest (~6 weeks)
~6 weeks

I've found they're best sliced and sauteed in some butter with their greens. And a sprinkling of fleur de sel to finish.
Sauteeing Radishes & Greens in Butter w Fleur de Sel

I plant one row, and then a week later another row, and another week another row. So this should've given me 3 harvests of radishes, but I believe the quality of soil might be messing with speed of growth.
The speedy grower:
Growing French Breakfast Radishes
Growing French Breakfast Radishes
The slow grower:
Growing French Breakfast Radishes
Growing French Breakfast Radishes

Either wat, not bad for a first time growing radishes! Almost no effort. Plant the seeds and then water them every now and then...and wait.

Low Hoop Tunnel Update

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Planting Freckles Romaine & Butterhead Lettuce with the Mache & Softneck Garlic
May 2, 2020
It's been quite awhile since I've planted in the low hoop tunnels, but progress in there has been really good! I even added in some Freckles Romaine & Butterhead Lettuce seedlings to fill out the box for this growing season.

Mache in a Low Tunnel
Mache & Softneck Garlic in the Hoop Tunnel
Mache & Softneck Garlic (recently planted romaine & lettuce, too) in the Hoop Tunnel

The mache looks like it's about to flower:
Mache (Corn Salad)

It did, in fact, very much bolt (quite early) and is in the process of producing seed, but also sheltering the freckles romaine and butterhead lettuce from a bit of the hot sun:
Low Hoop Tunnel Update: softneck garlic, mache, freckles romaine, butterhead buttercrunch lettuce Low Hoop Tunnel Update: softneck garlic, mache, freckles romaine, butterhead buttercrunch lettuce
June 17, 2020

Sturdy DIY Peony Supports

Wednesday, June 17, 2020


Last year, we observed the peonies becoming so heavy with blooms they fell over, despite their little 6' hoops-on-stakes support. This reduces the number of blooms that I can pick for flower arrangements!
White Peonies are too heavy!
June 12, 2019

One way to avoid this is to snip off the terminal bud (i.e., bloom at the end of the stem), and then the plant will put more energy into off shoot blooms. This is maintenance, and I suspect will still result in over-burdened stems, so I decided to upgrade our peony supports. My peonies are huge, so I voted 'no confidence' in typical peony supports (i.e., the metal ring with two stake supports) and bought 50' of 4' tall PVC-coated welded wire fencing. I cut the fence into 1x 4' piece (for my little guy who gets too much shade), 4x 6' pieces, and 1x 7' piece (for the beast). Cut it so that one end has little wire spikes. Wrapped each growing peony in the fence piece and secured the two ends together with the little spikes I cut (just bend them around the other side).
Cutting PVC-coated fencing into 6' sections
The BEAST Peony, needed a 7' wide support
May 17, 2020

At first, it did not look particularly nice:
Peonies with their new supports, yet to fill out!

But once the peonies filled out, you could barely see the cages, at least not the taller ones.
Peonies filling in their cages
June 13, 2020

The real solution here is likely that when the shrubs are done flowering and start to brown, I should divide my peonies. However, they're all strill thriving, so it's not 100% necessary. Something to think about for later on.

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