2015 Garden Part 6 - It's ALL planted!

The entire garden has been planted as of 5/10/2015! Very scary for zone 4, but I have quite a few legitimate reasons for planting early. One of those reasons has to do with the fact that I am keeping better records and testing previously held gardening assumptions. This is a year of research.

I grew everything in our garden from seeds using a coldframe/greenhouse or by direct sowing into the ground. I am growing more perennials, testing out new methods of producing organic compost/mulch/fertilizers, I'm pushing the boundaries of our zone, and I am even experimenting with a host of new plants (new to me!)

It's been an exciting year so far.

Here is the list of what's in the garden and pictures of everything as of 5/10/15.

Sweet corn (unknown and unexpected variety from my son's classroom)
King of the North bell peppers
Minnesota Midget Cantaloupe
Golden Midget watermelons
Pineapple Ground Cherry
White Stemmed Pak Choi (bok choy)
Yellow Crookneck squash (from seeds my son found on a charity clean up event)
Scarlet Runner Beans
Bush Lake Green Beans
ButterBush Green Beans
Super Sugar Snap Peas
Victoria Red Rhubarb
Northland, Northsky, Northblue, and Chippewa Blueberries
Heritage Red Raspberries
Jewel Black Raspberries
Latham Red Raspberries
Quinalt Strawberries
Fresca Virginia Wild Strawberries
Waltham Butternut Squash
Marketmore Cucumbers
Tomatoes: coyote, moneymaker, siberian, mister stripey, rutgers, brandywine (I ended up with 21 and planted them all!)
Golden Flax
Martha Washington Asparagus
Fordhook Swiss Chard
Champion Radishes
Herbs: Thyme, basil, lemon balm, sage, cilantro,
Garlic and onion chives
Grocery store onions (yellow)
Russet and Yukon gold Potatoes
Dwarf Sunspot sunflowers
Hollow Parsnips
Windsor Fava Beans
Golden Amaranth
Green garden Purslane
Walking Egyptian onions

Of these - we've already eaten 4 bok choy plants, a few handfuls of asparagus, and onion chives.

I made a mistake and cut the bok choy to the ground. Next time, I will cut it above the crown so it has a chance to grow again and/or flower and make seeds.

Here's a look at our progress:
Blueberries full of flowers in the foreground - potato boxes in the background

Buckwheat and asparagus near the melons inside the cold frame

Clockwise from left: Fava beans, amaranth, cucumbers, and bokchoy - parsnips in the middle

All Tomato Bed - 18 in this bed - and a row of Golden Flax in the front

Leeks and Grocery store onions (growing like wild!) and blueberries in the background

Ground Cherries - 5 total

Cantaloupe Seedlings - embarrassingly behind schedule - hill #1

Minnesota midget cantaloupe - second hill

Onion Chives

Super Sugar Snap peas just about ready to start climbing the fence

A closer look at 2 of the 3 potato boxes. They are growing well now that they made it through the frost

Golden Midget Watermelon and Radishes (holding the space until the melons start to vine out and take over)

Heritage Raspberries - just starting to really get growing - May 10, 2015

One of 9 Rhubarb seedlings planted in various random locations

Corn from son's school - not looking like it survived the bike ride home very well

Spindly Asparagus - too thin, so I am letting it fern out (go to seed) early to recapture enough solar energy for next season (and beyond.)

Yellow Crookneck squash amid pakchoi, beets, beans (not yet above ground) and swiss chard

Dwarf Sunspot Sunflowers

An experiment to see if heat rocks will aid in tomato seedling growth
More articles from this year's garden:
19 Tomatoes and counting
Growing Heirloom Tomatoes without electricity
2015 Garden Part 1
2015 Garden Part 2
2015 Garden Part 3
2015 Garden Part 4
2015 Garden Part 5
Growing Potatoes from the Grocery store 
Growing Espalier Grapes on a Fence
Can Tomatoes Survive temperatures below 28 Fahrenheit?


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