I never did get around to posting about my 2014 garden, which was a pretty good success. I had great tomatoes and kale but my zucchini never really took off, which was first for me. Plenty of asparagus and my best crop of onions yet. The new strawberry bed did well, although it was way too crowded and stayed way too wet so some of the berries rotted before I could harvest.
This year, I had the advantage of my new greenhouse, which I didn’t get set up until the middle of June last year. This year I have been able to use it for my starts. I started the seeds in the house with heating pads under the trays and moved them out into the greenhouse around April 1.
My tomatoes and zucchini and patty pan squash are already bursting at the seams. I started some bush beans that I just put out yesterday, and had already harvested beans from them while they were still in the greenhouse. I’ve been giving away strawberry plants to anyone who will take them as I am trying clean up my strawberry bed a little so I can harvest more easily. This year I will cut all the runners as I don’t need any more babies. I’m about ready to set up a little stand at the end of the driveway and just give away strawberry plants, I have so many. Monkeybritches Farm goes live!
I’ve got basil and several varieties of peppers started in the greenhouse, and they are coming on a little more slowly. Once I move the rest of the starts into the garden the first week of June, I’ll bring some dirt into the greenhouse to make a big raised bed in there. I think the peppers and basil will do better in the ground this year. Last year I had them in pots in the greenhouse and they just go too hot. They spent more time recovering from wilting than they did growing fruit. It’s all a learning process.
My lettuce, chard, cilantro, collards, spinach, kale, peas, broccoli and radishes went into their respective beds two weeks ago, and I covered them at night until the temps came up. I lost a few but they all seem to be doing well now. Three of my four fledgling blueberry plants came back, and the two Patriot variety blueberries already have fruit on them.
So all in all, it looks like a good start to the 2015 garden year. I’m going to add as much worm compost directly to the new plants as I can. I’m also going to try putting red felt under the tomato plants to see if that helps them grow faster. Gardener’s Supply sells red plastic circles that go under the tomatoes and they say it helps growth. I don’t like putting plastic on my food crops, so I’m going to try felt. I’ll let you know how it goes!