SO, last year about this time I’d added a gate to the garden, the seedlings had produced sets of “true” leaves in their little seedling starter pods, the book on Colorado Gardening had been skimmed, the plot had been turned and weeded, the soil subsidized with soil amendment stuff, and it was all ready to go. That looked like this:
There were some blocks of cement that looked like they would make good paver stones, arranged around a tree up by the porch. One morning I decided to move them down to make a little entrance to the garden. These monsters turned out to be between 3-5 inches think, 18-24″ square, solid concrete. I dug underneath them, levered them up using an old shovel as a fulcrum, and stood them on end one by one.
They each weighed OH I would guess 200 pounds or so, maybe more. I “rolled” these things end by end down to the garden and made a path that is going to stay there forever, because that’s not happening again:
You can see in the garden that things were starting to come up according to plan. In a couple months it had all shot up: heirloom toms, cherry toms, beefsteak toms, three or four zucchini plants, a few brussel sprout plants, bean vines, kale, mustard greens and chef’s blend lettuce, carrots and radishes. OH and some corn, too.
It started out innocently enough:
But shortly into August, things went bonkers:
Lessons learned that first year: (1) ONE zucchini plant is probably plenty unless you have some kind of fetish for these things. After a while you can’t give them away, and if you don’t pick them every couple of days they turn into baseball bats. (2) Rotate the planting of greens, radishes and carrots. Otherwise they all come up at once, the lettuce all goes to seed before you can eat it, and then it’s all over before you can say Bob’s Your Uncle. (3) Same with corn. Use it or lose it. (4) Can’t go wrong with tomatoes. Everyone loves ’em. Grow lots of varieties. Stake them well and add supports as they branch out. (5) When it gets hot, your lovely brussels die off. Sad business. But they are notoriously hard to grow and really a winter crop. (6) Given enough water, things get a little nuts.
Here’s some of the bumper crop:
This year has started off more conservatively, especially since a late frost and then an early heat wave knocked off all my starters. It’s mid-June and things look a little skinny, still, but I’m optimistic we’ll make a late season out of it with a little planning.
I’m on a Bad Plus kick lately – such a sick band. Here’s a little soothing something for you while you make your plans to rule your corner of the world: