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I have a plot plan if you want to follow along as we walk through the garden.
The first four 4×4 foot plots are for herbs. In Plot 1, the Stevia is growing well, it is about 24″ tall now. The Mint is also growing. I cut back the Oregano, but it is growing back aggressively. My second planting of Stevia died.
Herb Plot 2 has Thyme growing well. The Parsley died suddenly, as well as the Cilantro plant that fell over earlier, but the Dill is growing well.
The third herb plot has Rosemary and Bee Balm growing well. Sage is also growing. My plantings of Tarragon and Lemon Balm didn’t make it.
Finally, in Herb Plot 4, the Cilantro and Cumin plants disappeared. My Ginger is still growing, and I need to divide my Chives. A second stand of Parsley is growing well.
The rest of the garden is planted in vegetables. Plot 5 is a Leaf plot. I planted Swiss Chard in the spring, and it seems to be nearing the end of its life. The lettuce is seeding, and the Kale is being overshadowed by the Zucchini. A takeaway from this is to know the finished height of your crop, and plant the taller ones on the north side of the plot. This will allow the smaller crops to get their share of sunlight.
Plot 6 is planted with 2 Watermelon plants. One is overshadowed by Comfrey, and is still small. I need to cut back the Comfrey. The second is growing well, flowering, but there is no fruit yet.
My 2016 root plot 7 has Carrots and Beets still in the ground. My Lettuce plants are going to seed.
Plot 8 is supposed to be a fallow plot, planted in Beans and Peas to put nitrogen into the soil. The Peas died out earlier in the spring; they were replaced with Zucchini. The beans are nearing the end of their life also.
Plot 9 is a Leaf plot, planted in 2016. The Swiss Chard here, as in plot 5, is nearing the end of their life; the Kale is also dying out.
Plot 10 is for Tomatoes and Peppers. I noticed the tomato plant has something eating the leaves. I suspected hornworms, so I checked late one night, and early the next morning. I didn’t see any hornworms or any droppings. Checking again, the damage seems to have stopped. The plant is producing cherry tomatoes. The Peppers are also producing.
Plot 11was for Potatoes. Now it is Zucchini and Eggplant. The Zucchini is growing, with a small fruit, and the eggplant has a few fruits growing as well.
Plot 12 is another fallow plot. I planted beans, but very few came up. So, I put in a winter squash and now there are many Spaghetti squash gourds growing. I need to fence the plot in, as the vines are going everywhere.
The next plot, 13, is my inter cropped plot experiment. It still looks like a disorganized mess. The only things immediately recognizable are Mammoth Dill and lettuce. The Dill, as well as the lettuce, is seeding. A takeaway from this plot is if you are going to inter plant, make sure you know what you plant where, and the plant spacing and heights.
Plot 14 is my second Tomato/Pepper plot. Both are growing well, and fruiting. I cannot see anything eating these plants.
Corn was planted in Plot 15. It is producing ears on the largest plant; other plants are just beginning to produce. I have to check the ears for ripeness, and corn ear worms.
Plot 16 is another Fallow/Bean plot. The beans, like the other plots, are about done producing.
Plot 17 is planted with Cantaloupe. The largest melon fell off the vine and looked like it was beginning to rot. The second one has lines on it, as if it was also beginning to rot, and it also fell off the vine. I planted Honey melons, which have an 80 to 85 day to harvest, so they were ready to harvest. Very sweet. Another takeaway is to remember the days to maturity, and the signs of maturity.
Plot 18 and 19 are planted in Pumpkins. There are 5-6 pumpkins in these plots, all orange, about 8-10″ diameter or smaller.
The northeast fence has Malabar Spinach. It is growing well. Right now, we are harvesting spinach leaves. Onions and Garlic are still growing, still green, not ready for harvest yet. I weeded between the plants last month, cleaning the area.
The southwest fence also has Malabar Spinach, as well as Cucumbers. They both are growing well, we are harvesting Spinach leaves and cucumbers.
The trellis in the middle of the garden has Pole Peas/Pole Beans. The Peas died out, but the beans still producing. I planted an experimental few Lettuce in the shade, and they are still growing. Remember, the other lettuce plants are seeding in the summer heat. I discovered a plan for an-A-frame trellis, which I will build for next year. I will will plant shade-tolerant vegetables under it. I will also plant more cucumber in place of the peas.
My jobs for June are to begin pulling out spent plots and replanting with hot-season summer crops. More Cantaloupe, Eggplant, Okra, Southern Peas, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Watermelon. Or, hot-season cover crops like buckwheat to enrich the soil.
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