Thursday, April 23, 2015


The fist carrots were in on Apr 12, it is 10 days now and I can see some of the young plants up.

I still have some small carrots in the ground, missed by me and my deers.

 First I cleaned the bed from leaves (this winter I covered most of the beds with oak leaves and black fabric), then added compost and peat moss.

 I sowed the seeds, cover them with peat moss and tapped with wood board.
The bed is covered with "argibon".

In a meantime my rhubarb is up

And greens in square foot bed is doing good.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring strawberry clean up

I am not very experienced gardener, especially in growing strawberry.

I am growing everbering and june berring types and I do not have much sun in the garden, which may be the reason I do not have big harvest.

The first type of berries I got was Ozark beauty - and the plants  and 3 years old now.

You can see the plant inself is pretty healthy after the winter. I was covering them with oak leaves.
It was a lit of snow this winter and some of plants did not survive - I see the growing point is rotting and 3-4 plants so I have to remove them.

Last year I planted 3 more bareroot  types - 1. Honeoye
That's how the bed was look like after the winter - plants covered with wood shaving and leaves.

I did not see berries last (the first) summer.

I was also surprised that some of the plants roots are out of the soil.
I checked the plants, removed the old mulch, added compost to the roots and new mulch - wood shaving again.
 The bed after the clean-up.
 Two other types are Tristar and Tribute, everbering types - they were very productive last year.

My experiment was of growing them on the black mulch. I like this idea, no weeds, but I lost 5 plants this winter. The plants were pulled out of the ground and frozen.

The Tristar plants after cleaning.

My absolutely love is alpine strawberry - last year I added to my collection -

Golden Alexandria.
Small plants, with green-yellow leaves and everbering berries with very strong smell!
Not so much but as a treat!

 There is one of the bed under my red currant bushes.

This one is a wild strawberry that was brought from NH forest and overwintered here.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Harvest Monday 4/6/2015

My harvest today is some of the volunteer garlic.
Last year I planted some bulbs here and there to deter deers and also some of the small bulbs I probably missed to harvest. And now I have volunteers everywhere.

 The whole garlic bed, planted in different time.

 Overwintered lettuce and asian cabbage.

The first of the bulbs.

Green peas planted a week ago.

Shared at: Daphne’s Dandelions “Harvest Monday” where everyone can share links to their harvest or how they are using their harvests for the week.