Gallery Two: LATE SPRING - EARLY SUMMER
Potatoes – Asparagus – Peas – Salad Greens – Strawberries - More!
The spring here was long, cool, and wet. If not for the raised beds, we'd not have planted anything in the garden before May 15!
It's May 31 and we're grubbing new potatoes, picking strawberries, snow peas, sugar snaps, and digging out fresh garlic bulbs. If you've not tried garlic uncured, just up from the ground, you must! It's truly a different experience.
The perennial herbs - fennel, oregano, rosemary - are going great guns. We're having lots of pizzas and roasted rosemary potatoes. We're having strawberries every night - shortcake or sliced over homemade ice cream. It's a good thing gardening is such good exercise or I'd be as big as our barn.
The Agribon insect Barrier (available in 50' and 250' rolls) has done a great job keeping the potato beetle population to a bare minimum. A few managed to creep in, drat them, but the leaves are at the perfect height to inspect for and remove the critters. The cabbage and broccoli are cabbage moth-free! We have our eggplants covered and will keep the covers on until the plants mature. Flea beetles don't care as much for the toughened-up leaves and the larger plants can withstand the little damage they do then. Eggplants are self-fertile, so, if necessary, the covers can remain on all season.
This is the first year we used copper slug and snail tape around the strawberry bed, and I am thrilled by the results. So far, not a single slug has feasted on our berries. The birds still get the few that hang over the sides of the beds, but that leaves us plenty.
I can't say enough about the HoMi hand plows we use (also known as EZ Diggers). These garden tools, (see the photo in the gallery) both the long-handled and short-handled versions, are unmatched. I call them my one-man-band garden tool, because one does the work of several tools.
For more information about the slug tape, the garden tools, and the row cover, visit the Links page.