2012 Harvest

2012 Harvest

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Planting Kale

After hearing year after year how great my brother's kale has done, I decided it was finally time to give this underrated vegetable a try. I've only ever eaten kale a handful of times, but as I've found in all other instances, my consumption and preference for a particular veggie goes way up after I've grown them myself. There may not be any noticeable difference in taste, but there is just something special to eating food that you've not only prepared in the kitchen, but spent weeks and months nurturing as it grows. Hopefully the same will hold true for my experience with kale. If nothing else, more kale for my brother to eat. The variety of kale we are trying this year is called Dwarf Blue Curled Kale.

Planting the Seeds

Add Leaf Compost

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Planting Carrots in a Raised Bed Garden

While the raw dirt under our feet may be the cheapest to use, it isn't always the easiest to grow certain vegetables in. Carrots are one of those vegetables we've had difficulty growing in our home garden. They require a light, loose soil with plenty of organic matter. Unfortunately, our soil is fairly heavy, which makes growing carrots challenging. After a few years of poor results, last year we decided to try growing them in a raised bed garden. The results were amazing. There is nothing more satisfying and exciting than unearthing a 10-12 inch carrot. This year we are trying the Scarlet Nantes Carrot variety.

Preparing the Raised Bed

Monday, April 8, 2013

Planting Snap Peas

Snap peas are one of our favorite spring vegetables. We are trying a new variety this year because the variety we had last year (Mammoth Melting) grew over four feet tall and were a bit too much for our fence to handle. This year we are trying Oregon Sugar Pod II Sugar Snap Peas because they are only supposed to grow up to 20-28 inches.


Sugar Snap Peas can tolerate a good deal of cold so they can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked. We planted ours on April 6, but we probably could have planted them a few weeks earlier. Snap Peas are not great candidates for transplanting due to their shallow roots, so they are best planted directly in the ground. We typically plant the seeds about 1/2" deep and 1-2" apart.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Tilling the Garden

It was a gorgeous weekend so we decided to till up some of the garden.  We only did about half of the garden because the other half won't be used for another month or so.  The mushroom compost we added to the soil a few weeks ago really gave the soil a nice loose consistency.  I'm still looking for a riding mower with a pull behind tiller.  It would make this job a lot easier and increase my ability to expand the garden quite a bit.