Mary's Veggie Garden

May 21, 2012

May 20, 2012 Garden Tour

Filed under: Flea Beetles,Gardening,Radishes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 3:16 pm
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Today I am presenting a photographic walk through my vegetable gardens. I will try to repeat the tour every 4-6 weeks. Many of you saw the plan a few weeks ago. How does the plan look in action?

Status: The gardens are about half planted. Early spring crops are maturing. We are eating spinach salads, lettuce is almost ready and snow peas are blooming. I’m not rushing the warm weather stuff because temperatures are still erratic and cool: it hit 45 early Saturday morning.

Vassar Farm This is my 20’x40′ plot in the community gardens. The farm has been cultivated continuously since the Civil War, first to feed the college and later as Victory gardens which eventually became community garden plots. It is a challenging environment because the gardens have every pest that can survive in this area. Luckily the gardens also have full sun, something most of us lack at home.

Click on the pictures to make them full-sized to read the labels.

Overview: Standing on the east side, looking west. The center beds run north/south. There are 1.5′-2′ wide perimeter beds along the fence on all sides. Gates are off-photo in the lower right corner, and the upper left corner.

Overview of  plot on 5/20/2012.

The brown paper bags contain my mulch supply: shredded leaves saved last autumn. I cut empty bags into two or three strips and place them on the paths, covered by leaves.

We will walk the interior path that circles the garden, first looking at the perimeter beds.

East bed (#1), onions.

East perimeter bed: onions.

South Bed:  garlic, Swiss chard and beets. The rest will be planted with edamame soy beans.

South perimeter bed.

West bed: Bolero carrots, planted 5/14, not up yet.

West bed.

North bed: more carrots, celeriac, and cabbages & broccoli under the row cover.

North perimeter bed.

Center beds are just shy of 4′ wide and run north-south. We are standing on the south end looking north.

Bed #2: 14 varieties of potatoes planted 4/15-4/17. Six varieties have only a single plant. I peeked under the row cover and there is no flea beetle damage.

The potatoes, bed # 2.

Bed #3: future home of corn and beans. No picture.

Bed #4: future home of sweet potatoes and cucumbers. No picture. Currently being warmed by black plastic.

Bed #5: onions from sets, three Sungold,  two Big Beef and one Aunt Ruby’s German Green tomato. The peppers will be planted here this week.

Onions, tomatoes and (future) peppers.

Bed #6: future home of more corn and beans. Warming under black plastic.

Bed #7: Kolibri kohlrabi (freeze burned in late April), 3 varieties of radishes, Kossack kohlrabi. This week I will seed winter squash up the center of this bed.

Kohlrabi and radishes.

Bed #8: Lettuce Pinetree mix, Lettuce Cimmaron and Napa cabbage. Future home of more winter squash. The Napa cabbage leaves have lots of flea beetle damage. This happens every year. The outer leaves will be full of tiny holes but the inner leaves of the head will be OK or only damaged on the borders. I don’t do anything about the flea beetles.

Napa Cabbage and lots of lettuce.

Bed #9: Sugar snap peas, future home of melons.

Sugar Snap Peas.

I hope you enjoyed this tour. My next post will feature my home ‘shade’ vegetable garden.

And since this is harvest Monday, hosted by Daphne’s Dandelions, my harvest was baby lettuce, baby (but bolting) spinach, and the first of the radishes (4 ounces).

The first of the radishes.

It is amazing what full sun does for the radishes. I planted radishes at home on 3/20 & 4/3. They sprouted but disappeared (cutworms or slugs) and the few remaining plants have not formed a bulb. The 4/29 planting at Vassar Farm has already produced more with a lot less effort.


  1. your gardens look like they are off to a good start! Thanks for the help with the spreadsheet; I think I have most of it figured out now.

    Comment by maryhysong — May 21, 2012 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

  2. I loved the tour! That’s a really great garden plot. And the history! I love history and the garden’s history all the way back to the Civil War is amazing. Do you go daily? I’m afraid if mine weren’t out my back door, I wouldn’t be doing it!

    Comment by pooks — May 21, 2012 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

    • The VF community plots are about 2.5 miles from my house. I usually bike there 3-4 days a week, depending on the season, the weather and the harvest.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — May 22, 2012 @ 6:27 am | Reply

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