Edible Garden Art: Part Two

I can’t believe how fast the garden has changed in the last few weeks. First off, if you follow me on twitter or instagram you know I still haven’t caught the mole that’s been making appearances in our yard. Even better, the bait I set in the traps attracted ants so now I have moles and ants, which reminds me why I did almost exclusively container gardening last year. I heard Cayenne pepper will get rid of ants and possibly deter the moles as well so I think I’ll give that a shot. We have tons of bees around here too and it seems like every year we have to knock a new hive off of our eaves, but the plus side is they help with the ants. I actually saw a couple of bees crawling into anthills in our backyard this week. It was totally bizarre to watch. The rest of the good news is that almost everything is growing well and It looks like the mole really only messed with the carrots. There were tunnels all around the carrots and very few of them have sprouted so I’ll be planting more soon. This time I’ll be using the carrot seeds I have instead of buying more seed tape, although I’m pretty sure it was the mole, not the tape that was the problem because the beets and radishes all sprouted well.

Carrot Sprouts

I was right about the garlic looking like a jumbled mess. Even though I can see the pattern I made when I look for it the garlic has grown so much I think I would have needed to plant the rows further apart to make any design recognizable as the garlic matures.

It may not look as pretty as I was hoping it would, but we love garlic so, oh well.
Garlic Plants
You can see the design if you’re looking for it, or from ground view.

The yellow onions and radishes have all sprouted and are doing well. Some little garden creature has snacked on a few of the radish greens, but the rest are doing fine.

Onions and radishes

baby radishes
I thinned a few of the radishes and they are tiny and cute, but the rest won’t be ready for harvest for another week or so.

The purple onions and beets also sprouted and are doing well. I haven’t planted the white onions yet because I was trying to wait until after I got rid of the mole, but I’ve had no luck getting rid of the mole and I’m afraid if I don’t plant the onions soon I won’t have a crop this year.

Purple onions and beets
I think I need to trim our Weeping Japanese Maple, it’s shading some of the beets, but they’ve all sprouted and look to be doing well.

Truth be told I still have a lot of work to do in the front garden this year. I need to re-plant carrots and get the white onions in. I also have a ridiculous amount of weeding to do. I’ve been in the garden every day this week and there are still so many weeds to pull! I feel like I’m living the Never Ending Story. I really thought there was more to share, but I guess not too much has happened. Weeds, plants, more weeds. I’ll continue to keep you updated as the garden comes together. I’m really excited to track the harvest this year, which is something I’ve never done before, and I feel like I should keep a garden journal, but I’m really not sure when I’d find time. Do you guys track your harvests or keep gardening journals?

1 Comment

  1. a woman

    June 8, 2016 at 7:41 am

    read about permaculture gardening: they combine and put different plants in same place, just following who is entering first in harvest period. For example I had potatoes and salads in same place: salads I finish to eat, in the meantime potatoes are growing.

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