Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Updated garden photos..

Ok.. thanks for your patience.. now that the sun is shining and I've had a bit of time to get out with my camera, I've got some updated garden shots to show you.. keep in mind, that it's still not too late to plant your own veggies - tomatoes, salad greens, peppers, beans and more! We're eating our third crop of arugula and the mesclun mix has been ready for about a month.. there is nothing like daily garden salads!

As you can see, the romaine lettuces are heading up nicely.. I tend to plant them very densely and pick them as baby leaves, but I thought it would be fun this year to grow some complete heads.. To the left of the romaine is a bed of Red Salad Bowl lettuce - gorgeous leaves and extremely tasty..

I've also sprinkled some diatomaceous earth (DE) around the pole bean seedlings.. darn slugs! Last year, I waited too long and my first crop of pole beans was destroyed by the slimy mollusks. So, this spring, when a few holes started to appear in the leaves, I immediately applied the DE to protect the beans. Although it feels and looks like talcum powder, to a slug, it's like crawling over glass shards. Keep in mind that you don't want to be breathing it in - not so good for the lungs!

My interplanting of leaf lettuces between the cabbage and broccoli is also coming well. The salad greens should be ready to eat in about 2 weeks.. not that we need too many more greens - we have so much! But, I don't like to see wasted space (between the brassicas) and any extra that we have can easily be shared with the local food bank. They even welcome zucchini!

Another yummy green is mizuna! This year, we have purple mizuna growing for the first time. We usually plant the green type, but Halifax Seed is now offering purple mizuna - plus it's just so pretty! When my hubby first tasted mizuna a few years ago, his eyes glazed over and he could only mumble 'sushi'.. which, means that he thinks it pairs very well with sushi.. and it does, but it also adds zip to tossed salads and may be used as bed for fish or chicken.. Plus, it's very quick growing and cool weather tolerant. Last fall, we were still eating unprotected mizuna into December - a great crop for northern gardeners!

Ahh.. it feels like summer, but it's still spring.. let's hope for a great gardening season!

Happy Gardening!


  1. I've never used DE, but certainly will the next time I grow cabbage. Those things almost destroyed my last crop. Great blog you have here!

  2. Thanks for the reminder....I was out there after supper with the DE..."just watch me!" I said to those night raiders...)))))

    Gosh, your beans look lovely...mine do NOT))) New planting I expect. Timing is everything..and vigilance.

  3. Thanks Bren - that DE comes in very very handy! Lucky for us, the sun has come out and is expected to last through the weekend.. hopefully that will keep the slimy slugs away for a few days! :)

  4. Hello Engineered Garden - just checked out your blog.. i need to add it to my blogroll - very nice.. your tomatoes look great and you're way ahead of us in terms of your season..

    DE is very handy.. although hopefully your cabbage won't be attacked by slugs next time! :)

    Thanks for checking out my blog.. Niki


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