Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Solstice

Neighbour's Mountain Ash in bloom. Still some berries left from last year. Birds must be holding out for the strawberries!

Above, L to R: Brussels Sprouts, Spinach, Lovage, Peas (behind). Lovage is now nearly 4 feet tall and is starting to bloom. I'm guessing now is a good time to start harvesting it, but not exactly sure how best to do this i.e. How much to harvest at once? Cut off flowers or let bloom and go to seed? Etc.
Plus the tomatoes (above). Plants where flowers were plucked off before transplanting now starting tomatoes up to about 1 to 2 cm diameter. Other tomatoes up to ~7 cm on plant with previously non-plucked flowers.

Tenergreen Improved Bush Bean planted May 16 on each side of pathway. They look a little yellow, not sure if that's normal? Behind beans: Bloomsdale Spinach planted May 16 and Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard planted May 2.

Summary of approximate germination % with direct seeding in garden:
  • Marigolds 10 - 20% (seed gathered from mom's garden)
  • Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard 90-100%
  • Bloomsdale Spinach 80%
  • Cherry Belle Radish 70%
  • Green Arrow Peas (planted Apr 11) 0%
  • Oregon Sugar Pod II Snow Peas (planted May 3) 70-80%
  • Homesteader/Lincoln Peas (planted May 3) 70-80%
  • Carrots (planted May 2) 10-20% (from free package, didn't expect much)
  • Tendergreen Improved Bush Beans 80%
This summary is not very accurate for small seeds planted densely together (such as spinach, swiss chard, carrots, radishes, etc), in which case the % has more to due with the gaps in rows than actual % seed germination. Just a rough observation for future reference.


The Blog Fodder said...

Great pictures. Mouth watering veggies you have there. Wish we had Swiss Chard here but I have not seen it. No Broccholi either. Cauliflower is called white cabbage.
Our carrots didn't do well either. Ground too hard or something.

Middle Earth Garden said...

But it sounds like your flowers are thriving!

The Blog Fodder said...

Tanya worries most about her flowers. Veggies are way down the list.

Anonymous said...

Did you use an innoculent with your peas? If not, that might help.

Middle Earth Garden said...

I have looked for innoculent at our local Canadian Tire (where I bought most of my seeds), but I couldn't find any. I'm guessing a garden center should have some? Any tips where this can be purchased in Calgary? Are some innoculent sources better than others?