Vegetable garden updates

Last year, we had great harvest of cucumbers, tomatoes and green beans, but our carrots, potatoes and pumpkins didn’t do that well. So, this year we planted more of each kind at 3 different locations to see which location is best suitable for the vegetables.

Our carrots didn’t even produce any sizable root last year, so this time we plant them in a barrel instead, and placing the barrel in full sun. As you can see, they are doing great so far.

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Last year our pumpkins flowered, but they didn’t produce any fruit. DH thought that they didn’t produce any fruit because we didn’t plant enough seedlings to begin with. Not enough plants means not enough flowers to pollinate each other, hence no fruit. So, he started 3 containers full of pumpkin seedlings. Well, will see what happens when he transplants them later. πŸ˜›

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Our potatoes didn’t produce much potatoes last year. We think it could be due to the soil, sun conditions and the potato seedling that we used. This year we got 2 different kinds of potato seedlings, the red and yukon. So far, comparing the 3 sites that we planted them, seems like the potatoes like it best where it is partially shaded. πŸ™‚

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Potatoes in barrels, under full sun…

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A frost in late spring killed all our cucumber seedlings and most of our tomato seedlings. This is one of the few tomato plants that survived.

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We just realized that DH has forgotten to re-start his cucumber seedlings. I think we may have to get a few cucumber seedlings from the store this weekend before it is too late to plant them. -_-”

I bought 6 celery seedlings & 12 asparagus roots from our local grocery store in late spring. We planted them at 3 different sites too. The celery, which was supposed to like FULL sun, also grow the best in partial sun condition. Hmm… I wonder why.

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As for the asparagus, they are doing well too. All 12 roots have budded, hopefully we get to harvest them next spring! πŸ™‚
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Bok Choi, Spinach, 2 celery plants and a green peppers plant are planted in the new raised bed that DH and kids built for me for my birthday. πŸ™‚
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Somehow, they don’t grow too well. They look rather limpy, right? I am going to try digging out some compost soil to fertilize them once the pollen counts drop. (Sigh… this year I’m affected by the spring allergies too. I think I’m allergic to Oak/Pine pollen. Argh! :()

Bok Choi close up…
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Green bell peppers…
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Spinach…
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These are green beans and long beans. So far, they are doing quite well too. πŸ™‚

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Besides these, I also got a few herbs from friends, like the Lemon balm mint, oregano, chives. I’ve also started the thymes, basil seedlings too. I’m growing these herbs in pots since the perennials herbs are invasive in nature. I love them, but I certainly do not like them to grow all over the place. πŸ˜‰

Lemon Balm mint
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Oregano
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Chives…
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Thymes
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Basils
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Ok… That’s all for today. Will update again soon, I hope. πŸ™‚

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