garden update and considerations

It is chilly and rainy today so I won’t be doing anything much in the garden. I thought I’d share what I’ve got going, started, and wishful planning. I really really need to get a bag of starter soil but that is one heck of a trek there and back for it, on foot, and I’ve not managed the energy for that sort of manual labour yet — hopefully on Thursday?

So here is what I’ve got already growing in the ground or waiting transplant so far:

13 tomato plants in the ground (+7 seedlings waiting until I find a home)
4 celery plants in the ground
14 loose-leaf head lettuce plants
2 pots of baby lettuce (one that needs to be harvested and restarted)
1 pot of arugula (Rocket)
3 hot pepper plants, but only 1 big enough to do anything (it currently has 5 baby peppers on it and still flowering)
1 sweet pepper (obviously need more)
4 cucumber seedlings are up
1 oregano plant (need more)
1 Nana mint
Some standard mint starting to go wild
7 parsley (need more)
1 established thyme plant (+ approx. 100 seedlings)

Experimental (meaning not counting on actually getting anything after the ‘landscapers” decimated them):
12 surviving yellow onions
6 surviving garlic
16 surviving green onions
2 potato

Wish list:
6 zucchini squash
8 aubergine (eggplant)
9 more sweet peppers
2 more hot peppers
45 radishes (planted 16 seeds but the neighbourhood kitties love to dig where any direct-sowed seeds are planted (they leave transplanted plants alone) and so….
30 BASIL (I need a new seed packet as not a single basil seed germinated)
More herbs….?
Collard Greens
Mustard greens


2 responses to “garden update and considerations”

  1. Lynne says :

    Keep in mind that some of the plants you have listed are only going to survive during the cool weather. Turnip greens, lettuce, and other greens tend to do better in cool weather, but may survive in the semi-shade in warmer weather. Mints need consistent moisture, so water them daily. Look for plants that tend to thrive in the heat, like Okra and peppers of all kinds. Some plants such as corn and many kinds of squash need deeper soil, so see if you have an area for that. You have an ambitious project 🙂

    • israeliminx says :

      Ema, yes I know, some are on the list for late summer-fall (and I’m counting on you to send ’em). A lot of the things on the wish list are seeds you can’t get here at all. You can’t get mustard greens, collard, or kale that I’ve been able to find, for instance. A couple of folks I’ve connected up with via a gardening forum have promised to send some New Zealand spinach that does well in super hot summer temps. My goal is to get as many perennial and biennial plants in as possible (eggplant, peppers of all kinds, celery, parsley, oregano, thyme, mint, etc) and then tuck the annual needs around them and about, for summer, fall, and winter.

      If I were wishing for the moon I’d add in wishes for cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and my most dearly beloved and constantly craved Brussels sprouts for the fall but it would take another two years of augmenting the soil before any of those would have a serious chance of doing anything…not that I might not try come the fall! Hope does spring eternal… 🙂

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