THE MAY GARDEN

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Posted by Gordon | Posted in News | Posted on 29-05-2014

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The garden has really impressed me with its growth since the last blog.  The plantings in the new raised beds are doing very well.  I did not crowd the plants this year and it is proving to be the correct strategy.  We have only 18 tomato plants as opposed to the 30+ we had last year but they are tall, strong plants.  The egg plant are in full bloom and look like they came off a seed catalog cover.  My grandson planted carrots and radish in his 4 x 4 bed and it is going to give us a good crop of carrots as well as will the 5 volunteer tomato plants that have appeared.

THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN 4 WEEKS AGO.  THESE PLANTS ARE HUGE TODAY.

THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN 4 WEEKS AGO. THESE PLANTS ARE HUGE TODAY.

 

Three weeks ago I went to a friends garden on Saint Helena where I had purchased plant before.  My friend, unfortunately, has Prostrate Cancer and has been dealing with it for the past 7 years.  He could always be found in his garden – rain or shine even in the heat of our summers.  I have been interested in some of his growing practices because they were contrary to published procedures but he seemed to always produce a good crop.  He would cut his blueberry bushes and blackberry vines back to 4 feet whenever they rose above that level.  He said they were easier to harvest that way.  I am a witness to his abundant production as are the many neighbors who come from Dataw Island and other areas on Saint Helena to buy and pick his vegetables.  His health is declining and he finds it difficult to go to his garden so he offered to sell me some of his parent plants.  I purchased ten of both his blueberry bushes and his thornless blackberry vines.  They are now in our garden and doing very well.  The blueberries are very mature shrubs and will give us bumper crops.

BLACKBERRIES IN MR. HOLMES FIELD

BLACKBERRIES IN MR. HOLMES FIELD

 

MR HOLMES BLUEBERRIES IN OUR GARDEN

MR HOLMES BLUEBERRIES IN OUR GARDEN

 

Last year we grew a vining perennial spinach (Malabar)  which preformed very poorly as compared to the year before.  We had enjoyed the spinach flavor during our hot summer but were disappointed with it last year so this year we ordered new seed and planted them in both the garden and in a seed tray.  So far, we have good growth in the garden and the seed tray is doing well  I will plant them next week in one of the new raised beds.

SPINACH SEEDLINGS

SPINACH SEEDLINGS

 

I have just planted Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans which are up and going for the supports as well as Sweet Potatoes next to the Jerusalem Artichokes.  I will plant a companion planting of Okra next week.

 

We purchased 6 new pullets this spring to replace some of the hens that have died.  Our original flock is now 5 years old.  I chose six different varieties but they are all brown egg layers.  They are adjusted and starting to lay the prettiest shades of brown eggs.

 

OUR NEW HENS WITH THE SURVIVORS OF OUR FIRST FLOCK.

OUR NEW HENS WITH THE SURVIVORS OF OUR FIRST FLOCK.

 

More garden talk later.

 

THE GARDEN PANORAMA

THE GARDEN PANORAMA

 

 

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