2016

January thru March

April

May

June

July

August

September

I bought a rack and lights from Amazon early in February. I started sweet potatoes in early January—the slips were starting in the pantry. Good early growth, but by March, they had started having a leaf rash, possibly fungal. The fungus spread to other Ipomoeas. Other March starts were peppers (paprika, tabasco, chinese giant, thai and corbaçi), tomatoes (pantanto, cherokee purple, and black krim), leeks, red de florence onions, cape gooseberries, chinese lanterns, potatoes, giant white sunflower and cypress vine. I also started azureus sweet pea that I put outside 3/16. I dug a path along the front walk in early March and planted Purple Amaranth and Cleome along the walk. Early starts of broccoli were eaten quickly, but the one cabbage out seems to be doing well. The front square and two of the smaller triangles were bricked-in.  Sage, onions, horseradish, and hollyhocks are coming back.

where I will plant cleome and amaranth

April

Finally got all the brick edging done on the triangles. Dayna gifted us with PakChoy, Arugula, and French Sorrel. One of the broccoli starts came back with the one cabbage. The PakChoy, Arugula, and sage started blooming. I planted peas at the beginning of the month and beans (Scarlet runner, Anasazi, Tongues of Fire, Ireland Creek, Edemame) at the end.  I also planted Delikatesse cucumbers on 4/30.

May

At the beginning of the month I got the tomatoes (Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, and Pantano Romanesco transplanted into the ground. The next day, the peppers (Tabasco, NuMex Heritage 6-4, Leutchiemer Paprika, Fish, Red Thai, and Corbasi) were put in. May the 7 was the plant exchange at the Nature Center–fun day! I picked up a goji plant, more iris rizomes, dutch iris and canna bulbs, and purple potato starts.

June

This was a month of flowers. Hollyhocks (from last year's planting), gladioli, azureus sweet peas, onions, and century plants were all blooming. Dill and cleome were getting ready to bloom. A row of peas gave us enough for one serving. Peanuts were producing yellow blooms and the cannas were starting up. Corn, okra and purple potatoes were starting in the back. Both mowers were dying this month.

July

I started harvesting some seeds this month.  Pak choy, arugula, hollyhock, peas, sweet peas, and some beans were ready. (I had gathered sage seeds last month). Tomatoes and peppers are finally starting to set. The caladium planted in March and April is just now sprouting. The popcorn is tasseling. I'm very pleased with how the front walk is looking with the cleome and amaranth.

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