Monday, June 14, 2010

Garden Plans, Part II (Extremely Overdue Post)

Whew! The planning and planting of the Victory Gardens took way more energy and time (due to a very wet spring). Finally, here's the overview of what we have planted in all the various gardening spaces!

Home Base (the garden in the Rational Living Backyard)
4 tomato plants
2 eggplants
3 hills cucumbers (regular and pickling)
2 pepper plants
8 basil
1 dill
2 hills (volunteer) potatoes
7 broccoli
1 cilantro
2 mint
1 parsley
Malibar spinach
lettuce/mesclun/lettuce (already harvested)
radishes (already harvested)

Artists' Garden (space space by a lovely family of local artists)
10 tomatoes
1 parsley
3 basil
2 eggplant
5 broccoli
1 summer squash
*they have also offered to share some of their cucumbers, tomatoes and blackberries

L's Garden (space donated by two sweet and fun gals)
8 tomatoes
1 dill
1 cilantro
4 broccoli
2 basil
1 pepper
1 hill cucumbers
1 zucchini
1 cantaloupe
1 ice-box melon

A's Garden (another patch of donated space by a lovely family which I don't have a photograph of yet)
Enough pole beans to fill a 8' x 6' patch of brown earth

Rational In-Laws Garden (a great place for a few odds and ends)
2 tomatoes
1 pepper
1 cantaloupe

Each of the families involved has been very generous with their space. Our goal is to stay up on the needed maintenance of each garden and share a generous portion of the produce with the families in gratitude. This should prove interesting as the summer progresses.

And what have you planted, dear reader?

--Rational Mama


  1. 1 Cherry tomato
    1 Roma Tomato
    1 Best Boy tomato
    1 yellow squash
    1 zucchini
    about 5-6 strawberry plants (harvest is done. despite those damn birds I think the plants did pretty well for their second year.)
    Hopefully my tomatoes are not totally drowned. I see some treatment for blossom end rot in my future. Did not consider the effect of such heavy rain on my potted tomahtoes.

  2. Oh! I forgot to ad that at Homebase we also have around 30 heads of garlic growing and what will soon be too much lemon balm.

    Missy - blossom end rot is caused by a calcium deficiency in the soil, not necessarily from over-wet soil. There are things you can do to treat/prevent end rot: not plant tomatoes in the same soil year after year, apply lime/calcium to the soil and so on. Hopefully you won't have to deal with it too much this year!

  3. Now I had always read that it was a risk when there was a period of heavy rain followed by long period of dry weather. Which I suppose could affect the calcium in the soil? Although I begin to think we will never get that period of dry weather. I am mostly worried about drowning. I keep forgetting to put them on the porch for a bit, in the vain hope that there will be enough sun to help dry things out. That is one good thing about the container method I guess, is that they do seem to dry out quickly.