The Backyard

The Backyard

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Glad to Be Back in the Garden



Last fall, the thought was I wouldn't have a garden this year with the anticipated training that would consume my time to prepare for the now finished 7-day stage mountain bike race. But alas, you can't keep an organic gardener down - you need a little pleasure mixed in with all that pain so I stuck some seeds and plants in the beds in between rides this spring. My idea of "some" seeds and plants is 400+ onions, 50 sweet potatoes, 13 seed potatoes, 60 broccoli plants for the hog (he ate all of them!) swiss chard, kale (the hog went after this after the broccoli was pulled), butternut squash, zucchini, spinach, lettuce, black krim and russian prince black heirloom tomatoes, roma tomato, early girl tomato, fox heirloom cherry tomato, nardello pepper, bell peppers, cantelope, radiccho and cannelli beans. Now mid-June and home two weeks from the Epic, the spring planting is complete and I expect a full harvest this fall. There was no slacking due to a little bike race! Yesterday and today was spent weeding, mulching, plant-feeding, and planting the final seeds for the summer. I managed to snap a couple shots while doing so.












Milkweed...one of my favorite plants in the garden. Yes - in the garden. It attracts a plethora of beneficial insects and of course the monarch caterpillar (only food it will eat). And did you ever smell a milkweed flower? Heavenly.










And these are the potatoes -- sweet and red.

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