Plot 16G

Yea Spinach!

posted Jun 22, 2016, 6:57 PM by Peter Kauffman

We finally have our first harvest of spinach! We made a simple recipe of sauteed spinach, mushrooms and onions--it was great! Most of the other plants look good too, especially the tomatoes and potatoes. The majority of green beans seem to be recovering with a second set of leaves, after the first leaves were eaten to the stem.

On the downside, the animals and insects are still enjoying themselves. I actually saw a groundhog scale the four-foot perimeter fence. I didn't know groundhogs could do that! Also, I found the intruder that ate my broccoli plants. An artist sketch is below, and police are on the lookout.

All is not lost

posted Jun 8, 2016, 7:43 PM by Peter Kauffman   [ updated Jun 8, 2016, 7:46 PM ]

After realizing that I planted too early, my late May replanting effort seems to be working. The new plants are breaking ground, including beans, zucchini, cucumbers, and melons. The spinach and sunflowers continue to look great, but one of the tomato plants bit the dust, and I am still trying to find a reason for its demise. In the morning the tomato plant was fine, eight hours later--dead. But all in all I am feeling better about the garden.

Mt. Nittany looked great yesterday from the hill above the gardens.

Memorial Day

posted May 30, 2016, 2:02 PM by Peter Kauffman

I think I was too ambitious planting warm season plants in April, so I spent a couple of hours today digging three-quarters of the garden and replanting. The early season crops (potatoes, peas, and spinach) are growing well, and the tomato plants have doubled in size, so I am learning for next year. I hoping for better luck with a second planting of beans and a few transplants of lettuce and peppers.

Three weeks later...

posted May 11, 2016, 9:32 AM by Peter Kauffman   [ updated May 11, 2016, 12:24 PM by Brandon Curtis ]

Although I asked the animals and bugs to stay away, it's only been three weeks, and a rabbit ate my broccoli transplants and  Blight has taken over the tomato plants. So it's been a rough start. But the seeds are emerging and we've had lots of rain, so time will tell if having a garden was a good idea. It's still lots of fun!

Critter protection

posted May 11, 2016, 9:23 AM by Peter Kauffman   [ updated May 12, 2016, 5:18 AM ]

Eventhough the Community Gardens has a fence around the perimeter, clearly that isn't keeping anything out that wants all the unattended food inside. So I now have a fence around my garden--a fence within a fence. I have a renewed respect for farmers.

50 Years in the Making

posted May 1, 2016, 7:03 PM by Peter Kauffman   [ updated May 11, 2016, 12:24 PM by Brandon Curtis ]

This is my first real attempt at a vegetable garden in about 50 years, so I feel like an old novice. It's exciting to get started again, and on April 23rd, I spent the better part of the day preparing the soil and planting the first seeds. I may have been a little too ambitious trying to plant every vegetable I could think of in a 10 x 15 space, but I am curious what will grow in this location. I know the insects and animals will be a challenge, but I hope they leave at least a little for us too.

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