The Potager

The Potager

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mid May in the Potager

The garden is almost in full swing. Due to the rather cold spring, we are a bit late on some things.
My home made grow light did great for the peppers and eggplants.
But the tomatoes failed to thrive. We will have to buy tomato plants this year. The peppers and eggplants have been planted!
Hubby wanted to garden so he took two sections of the garden and I have to admit, he did great!
We are eating his radishes and lettuces and spinach. I also have some growing in the rest of the garden, but his is out performing mine! So far. Hubby is in charge of tomatoes this year. I can't wait to see how he does.
In addition to lettuce, arugula, radishes, herbs and spinach, we are eating our asparagus. I am going to put in another bed next year. It will be three years before we can eat them, but I want more asparagus at a time. As it is now, we only eat them every three days or so.  The taste of fresh asparagus is so good!
I dug most of the dirt out of the potato bed when I planted it so it was down about 6 inches. I have covered my potatoes twice with dirt so that the dirt came to the top of the wooden frame. This weekend  hubby built up a temporary top for it so I can cover it higher. It already needs topping off. Potatoes will grow all along the buried stems. I have read that you can also top the soil with straw and the potatoes will grown in straw. I still have some seed potatoes in the house I may experiment with. These will get dirt.
Speaking of potatoes, I apparently didn't harvest all of my potatoes last year, they are coming up again in that bed!
I will just leave them. You can't have too many potatoes. Or can you? I will make certain that all my potatoes get harvested this year!
Hubby found some crib parts in a dumpster and added them to the front of the potager. I love the way it looks! (and the fact that hubby dumpster dives for me!)
Lastly, I need to brag on hubby's gift to me for Mother's Day.  He took the doors that he and my daughter walked through on her wedding day last summer ...
and made me a little area in the back of the flower garden. It's like my own private cafe. It is very shady there in the afternoon, so it will be a lovely place to view the garden from. Plus keep a memory of a lovely day. The doors are wood and they are Hurricane Sandy salvage, so I know they won't last forever, but they are so lovely, don't you think?

I need to do something with this path.

Cat Mint in bloom

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