Thursday, June 23, 2011

Peppers, Potatoes and Berries

With the gardening drying out, the vegetables have put on quite a bit of growth. The bell peppers are actually looking like peppers and I'm excited we might get a harvest before late autumn this year.

The potatoes are also about to flower. For some scale, the board comprising the box (below) is a 2x10 so these plants are huge. A bit too tightly spaced in retrospect but nothing to be done about that now.

These fellows are about two weeks ahead of the potatoes planted directly in the ground out front. jess is excited for baby potatoes but I think we're still a ways away from rooting about beneath the plants for early spuds.

The black berries out front have come up nicely this year after being late and frosted off before the fruit ripened last year. These are a thornless variety which gives a tasty fruit.

And the cauliflower and broccoli are doing reasonably well out back. It is interesting to see how a minor difference in sunshine affects growth. The eastern most plants are ever so slightly shaded by the edge of the raised box in the morning, while the trees precluded an evening up of sun at the end of the day. And they are less than half the size of the plants on the sunnier west side of the box.

Up next: Having pulled most of the perennials plants from the original vegetable garden early in the spring, I will now move the remainder given their blooming has finished. This should open up a large new potato bed for next year and allow most of the weeds to sprout this summer. If the weather holds, we'll also bike down to the 104th Street market this weekend for some fresh food.

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