Another update on the veggie garden. The rain that has steadily been falling over the last few days has done lots of good to the plants. The few hours of sunshine on top was even better.
The tomatoes have been out since the 10th of may. They grew so quickly, they had to get more space. The bellpeppers are still indoors as they are tiny. The cucumbers had to go outdoors too. The two seeds I planted a few weeks later have been growing much quicker and are almost ready to go out.
The dill, parsley and chives I have planted in the garden as well. Bu the dill has been plowed under by a cat again… Not too happy about that. I hope some of it will live, but otherwise I won’t be getting more dill. It has been a disaster sofar.
The lettuce I talked about in the last post hasn’t been doing too well. I’ve decided to buy a few lettuceplants, as mine simply aren’t doing well. I have planted a few outdoors, but I’m afraid they’ll simply perish. And I haven’t got a clue on what to do about it. Other then give them water of course…
The recurrant and blueberry have flowers. I’m so happy about that. Those are doing great! The raspberries are autumn raspeberries, so won’t flower til at least the end of june. And the tayberry won’t have flowers this year. The blackberry is tiny, so I have no idea what it’ll do. We’ll see.
The beets, onions, garlic and chinese beans are doing very well. I think I have to give the beets more room to grow. I’ll see what I can do later this morning. Or tomorrow.
More on the garden next week or the week after that. It depends on how quickly everything grows, really.
Our street borders onto the fields. This is how the fields look right now. The dandelions are really starting to take over. And, in the process my garden is full of them too. I just mow over them to prevent them from spreading too much. But I love the view right now.
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A few days ago, when I was pulling all those weeds from the garden, I heard a buzzing noise. A bumblebee had hidden himself in the ground ivy. I wanted to post this photo, but hadn’t gotten around to it. This weeks photo challenge is perfect.
And another update. Everything is going well so far. The first lettuce that I planted have failed me a bit. I put them out too early (i know now) and I think there’s only one that is actually catching on.
I still have most plants inside and have been sowing more beans and lettuce. Because, lets face it, you can never have too much lettuce.
Leaf celery is still not showing up, so I’m not sure if it’s doing something. I wouldn’t be surprised if it did nothing. But for now, I’ll wait and see.
So, as promised, some more photos.
I planted two more of the cucumber seeds, because I like to have 1 or 2 more than I have now (which is 2). The endive seeds and the leaf chicory are sprouting and I’ve seen another tiny bell pepper plant. I’ve sowed 10 seeds and have so far seen 5 seedlings. I’m hoping there’ll be more later on.
Quick update on the veggie garden.
The flowers are appearing in the blackberry and the redcurrant. The tayberry, both raspberries and the blueberry are doing great. My stepmom gave me some more strawberry plants as half of the ones she gave me last year were dead. The 10 that survived are doing good sofar.
The dill has been plowed under by a cat (not ours), so I’ve sown more. Stupid cat!
The chervil is looking good, I’ve planted that outside last week. The thyme, marjoram, basil, chives and parsley are inside looking very cosy. I haven’t seen any leaf celery yet.
The tomatoes are growing like mad. I think they’re ready to go in the garden, but they need to spend a bit more time inside as they can’t handle the cold at night. The cucumber plants are looking good too.
I’ve gotten leaf chicory and endive seeds from my stepmom, so I’ve been sowing them too. I’ve read a bit about growing chicory, but really have no idea. We’ll see what happens.
Next time there will be more photos.
I’ve wrote about kaatsen before. Kaatsen is our national (Frisian) sport. The biggest event on the Kaats calender is the PC (Permanente Commissie, which means standing committee). It is held in Franeker, or Frjentsjer in Frisian.
(text is in Frisian, sorry)
Photos are not my own, but are from Sicco2007.
For more information on Keatsen, please visit PC Franeker or Wikipedia.
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Last friday I’ve managed to get the first plants into the garden. The week before I’ve been weeding and shovelling and watering.
The seeds I’ve been sowing have been growing pretty well. There were a few things that didn’t catch on (lettuce, bell peppers, parsley, chives), so I bought new seeds and started sowing those again. They’re now looking pretty good.
The veggie patch has come along pretty well too. The giant hole in the middle has been pretty much leveled. The hydrangeas are in as a border. I’ve changed my mind about the border between the grass and the veggie patch. I wasn’t sure what to do and will hold off on buying anything until we’ve decided what to do with it.
The berry bushes I got from my stepmom are in the ground and are beginning to sprout pretty nice. We’ve got yellow raspberry, red raspberry, red currant, blackberry and 2 tayberries. I’ve also managed to rescue 10 of the 20 (frozen) strawberries, so I’m hoping they’ll do well. There’s 2 I’m still not sure of, but stepmom has promised me new ones in exchange for a tayberry.
I also planted the snowball onions, the beets and the chinese beans. Oh, and the garlic. I’m really hoping they’ll grow nicely. The rhubarb is also in, but looks pretty dead to me.
I repotted the pumpkin, the cucumbers and the tomatoes, as they were in pots too small for the size of sprouts. And I gave some tomato plants to my neighbours. Their almost 4-year-old daughter didn’t quite understand how those tiny plants could create tomatoes, but she liked the idea.
I think my neighbour hasn’t got any idea how to care for tomato plants, so I’ll tell her what to do as we go along.
Here are some photo’s of how the garden looks right now.