Summer Garden 2010

We had a great second summer in our garden, miles ahead of the first year, when we were really just getting our feet under us.  We spent most of the first summer removing the bright green sod and home depot palms that filled our backyard, and little by little replacing them with garden.  By the spring of 2010 we had been in our house for a year and had removed the sod in rows to complete the transformation from lawn to vegetable garden.  We’d also hauled away trash-can-fulls of dyed red bark from the perimiter of the yard to make those areas habitable for plants as well.  We also had a year under our belts of composting our own scraps and purchasing countless bags of organic compost from the Whole Foods composting program to enrich the soil.

There were some wins and some failures in last summer’s garden, but overall I’d call it a wild success.  We produced enough food to make continuing our CSA subscription just kind of silly.

Here’s a list of what we grew.

Started from seed we saved in 2009:

  • ~24 Tomato Plants (Early Girls, Mortgage Lifters, San Marzanos, one we labeled “Yellow Slicer”, New Girl, Beefsteak, and Washington Red Cherry, plus a couple others)
  • Red Potatoes (from Fall 2009 CSA sprouted in fridge drawer)

Started from seed we purchased:

  • Padron Peppers
  • Cilantro, Basil, Chives, Parsley
  • Chard (Italian Silver Rib, Red)
  • Beets (Dutch Baby Ball)
  • Onions (Valencia and Cippolini)
  • Carrots (Danvers and Scarlet Nantes)
  • Watermelon (Crimson Sweet)
  • Radishes (a couple varieties)

Started from live plants we purchased:

  • Onions from starts (yellow and red)
  • Russet potatoes

Volunteers that popped up:

  • Butternut squash
  • Delicata squash
  • Various tomatoes

Overall the volunteers were some of the best successes.  One butternut squash vine spread in a giant area, much of it over sun-warmed concrete, and produced 11 or 12 large and dense-fleshed butternut squashes.

Another surprising success for us was the watermelon.  Of the 6 seeds I planted 2 sprouted.  One never did much but the other sprawled out across a giant area, also much of it sun-warmed concrete and produced 11 large, crisp and very sweet watermelons.  The melons were between 15 and 19 pounds each.  Lots of seeds, but some of the best flavor I’ve had in years.

Here’s a variety of pictures, from August – October.  Enjoy!

They are green and red when ripeno harvesting yetThis was some of the most sweet delicious squash ever.

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