On the Garden Front

On the garden front – we’ve got good news and we’ve got bad news.

First the good news – look what we found growing in the orchard!

PeachesTiny little baby peaches growing on the peach trees! Aren’t they cute! These were new trees we planted just last year to replace the ones we lost to blight.

They were covered with blossoms this spring – then we had some cold weather. We were a little worried that it may hurt them- but so far it looks good!

There’s also teeny little baby cherries, baby apples, millions of blossoms on the blackberries and raspberries, and lots of rhubarb and asparagus.

Meanwhile – in the basement – we have flats of tomatoes that are growing fast and begging to be transplanted. It’s on my to-do list for the weekend. I just need some more potting soil from the Amish store.

Now for the bad news.

Do you see those pathetic plants in the flat in front of the tomatoes? Those are my broccoli plants. They look sickly. So do the cauliflower. The cabbage never even sprouted.

I think I will add replacement plants to my list for the Amish store.

Remember the super-hot ghost peppers I planted? Only 2 of them sprouted – and they’re not growing very quickly.

TurnipsAnd then there’s my garden spot. Oh. my. We may need to mow it before we can till it!

We planted turnips last fall as a cover crop that we could till under this spring. The only problem – they didn’t sprout last fall. They sprouted this spring.  And we didn’t get them tilled in – yet.

They also didn’t form turnips under the ground – just went to tops.

Hmm… wonder if the cows like them? What if we ran the cows through the garden for a day? They could eat the turnips and fertilize things at the same time!

Or- maybe not. :)

I’ve linked this post up with The Tuesday Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage.

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  1. We can’t till until mid-May or so – too cold and wet to work the soil. I have a very small lean-to greenhouse – it’s great for starting plants and as a holding place (right now peppers) for plants purchased too early to set out.

  2. Wow, you have been quite busy and have a lot of tomato plants. So sorry to hear about your broccoli and cabbage plants after so much work. Your peach trees will be delightful when they produce fruit.

  3. The cows would probably think they died and went to bovine heaven if you turned them loose in the garden! (I grew up on a farm!) Perhaps you need to borrow goats to take care of that problem. And I hear you with the transplants that are indoors at this time of year–it can be really hard to keep them alive and thriving until it’s the right time to get them planted outside. My tomatoes are like a green viney jungle under the lights, which I can’t raise any higher. I didn’t get a single pepper seed to germinate indoors this year–don’t have a clue as to why. And so nice to see the baby peaches–they will be wonderful for you this year!

  4. Good luck with the tilling! I definitely have a bunch of turning over to do here too.

  5. I have absolutely no experience with cows, and I think it sounds great. Just my 2 cents.

    Do you thin your peaches when it’s this early? We have 2 peach trees, and I wanted to thin them to increase the size of the ones that remain. Thanks!

  6. Hi Barb! We never thin our peaches – it just naturally happens for us. Since we are out in the middle of nowhere on a hill, the wind does a good job of thinning the fruit from our trees. I’ve heard of people manually doing it – but I’m no expert! Sorry I can’t help you more!

  7. Looks like you’ve got a great start for your gardening plants. Sorry about the ones that didn’t get growing. That’s a bummer when you go to all the hard work planting & then they don’t come up. Exciting about your peach trees & all your fruit bearing plants!! YUM!

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