Misc. Garden Notes

March, 2005

At Boulder Point we grew white and bi-colored corn, a wide assortment of pumpkins and heirloom squashes, Sun Moon Stars Watermelon, Haogen Melons and Crane Melons.

Our first efforts were met with great success. The corn was sweet, the pumpkins plentiful (we must have had 40 or more!), and the melons edible. Next year we will grow more melons and fewer pumpkins and see what we can do with them to improve size and taste.

Boulder Point also has a small vineyard and our family takes part in pruning, harvesting, de-steming, crushing and making the wine. This year a small quanity of four wines will be made. Syrah, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel and a Merlot/Cab blend. We literally hand de-stem at the dining room table. It’s an all-day affair – sometimes multiple days. Then the grapes are crushed by hand. This year harvest was very early.

Every year at Wyndhavyn Gardens we grow as many tomatoes as we can fit in our small garden. Our garden is shaded by oak and live oak trees for part of the day so we do the best we can with our bit of sun. We’re very fond of heirloom tomatoes. Before Trent was born I would start seeds and then plant out as soon as they were big enough. As time is shorter now, I buy heirloom plants at local nurseries and the farmer’s market as well as a few hybrids (like Sweet 100s) which Jack likes.

We mix it up each year. I’m very fond of black tomatoes which to me often have an herbal flavor and just seem more savory. Both Jack and I are very fond of small to medium striped tomatoes like Tigerella, Mr Stripey and Green Zebra. We usually plant peas every season as they fade replanting more. We’ve planted both seeds and plants depending on the variety and timing very successfully.

Last year was our first year for beans and it was a tremendous success. We had all kinds of heirloom beans and scarlet runners. All of our gardening knowledge (what there is…) comes from experimentation, reading and haphazard planting techniques. We use only compost (both bought and made), fish emulsion, stonemeal and oystershell dust in the garden.



Peas and Summer Squash June, 2005

At Wyndhavyn here is my Kitchen Garden bottom line:

Great Success: Tomatoes, Peas, Shelling Beans, String Beans, Fava Beans, Celery, Leeks, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Leaf Lettuce, Summer Squash, Strawberries, Bok Choi & Pak Choi, All herbs except for Dill, Poppy Seed and Caraway

Median Success (something to eat): Cauliflower, Onions, Garlic, Bell Peppers, Ground Cherries, Asparagus Peas, Artichoke, Dill, Caraway, Poppy Seed, Swiss Chard.

What I never seem to manage to grow (almost nothing or nothing to eat):
Failures include: Potatoes, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Beets, Melons of any kind, Pumpkins and Large squash, Head Lettuce, Lima Beans, Soy Beans and Corn. Jack thinks we just don't get enough full sun.


Tomatoes we grew 2003

4th of July
Aunt Ruby's German Green
Big Beef
Black Krim
Black Plum
Black Prince
Black Seaman
Cherokee Purple
Crimson Cushion
Debarao
Evergreen
Giant Belgium
Gold Nugget
Green Grape
Green Zebra
Isis Candy
Jaune Flammee
Jolly
Juliet
Miracle Sweet
Moskvich
Nebraska Wedding
Orange Strawberry
Oregon Spring
Oxheart
Pineapple
Ponderosa Red
Rose
Stupice
Sun Sugar
Sunny Goliath
Sweet Baby Girl
Taxi
Tommy Toe
Valencia

What’s Growing in our Garden
August, 2004

30 varieties of Heirloom tomatoes and a couple of hybrids like Sweet 100s and Orange.

Celery – sure it’s tough but we’re growing it.
Leeks – what’s left from the winter season
Lettuce – 5 or 6 varieties
Eggplant – ready to harvest three kinds: two Japanese & a Black beauty
Cucumbers – 4 varieties including an heirloom and a Japanese
Chinese Cabbage
Red cabbage (Wonder if it will be edible?)
Sugar pumpkin – no pumpkins
Acorn Squash – no fruit
4 kinds of yellow squash
Scarlet Runner Beans
Carrots
Bok Choi
Pak Choi
Gypsy Broccoli
Paprika Peppers
Gypsy Pepper
Marconi Red Pepper
Winter Squash
2 kinds of Heirloom Beans
Flageots
Edamamae
Artichoke
Asparagus
Sugar Snap Peas
Shallots
Compost Surprises (random heirloom tomatoes (incl. red stripe) & a Sun Moon Stars Watermelon)


Herb Garden June, 2005

HERBS & Edible Flowers
Lime Basil
Cinnamon Basil
Borage
Nasturtiums
Calendulas
5-6 kinds of mint (wow(!) is this invasive!)
Sorrel
Pineapple and Melon Sage
5 varieties of Garden Sage
Oregano
Marjoram
3 varieties or more of Thyme
2 varieties or more of Rosemary
Angelica
Lovage
Bergamot
Chives
Garlic Chives
Italian Parsley
Curly Parsley
Caraway
Tarragon
Chervil
Lemon Balm
Fennel & Bronze Fennel
Chamomile
Feverfew
Vietnamese Coriander
Motherwort
Mexican Oregano
Winter Savory
Salad Burnet
Echinacea

Borage - June 2005


What’s in the Garden 2002

This is what we attempted for the 2002 season. We love Heirloom Tomatoes as you can see!

Heirloom Tomatoes
Abe Lincoln
Arkansas Traveller
Black
Black From Tula
Black Krim
Black Plum
Blondkopfchen
Blue Fruit
Brandywine
Cosmonaut Volkov Red
Costaluto Genovese
Dona
Dutchman
Evergreen
Fantastic
Farmer’s Market F2
Farmer’s Market G2
Farmer’s Market H1
Garden Peach
Gardener's Delight
Gold Medal
Green Grape
Green Grape - T&M England
Green Zebra
Iles Yellow Latvian
Isis Candy
Jaune Flammee
Lillian's Yellow Heirloom
Marizol Baratha/Baratka
Middleton Farms Green Plum
Mirabel
Mirabel German
Optimus
Orange Farmer's Market
Orange Russian
Paragon
Peppermint
Perfect Lemonsi
Persimmon
Potato Leaf White
Pruden's Purple
Red Calabash
Rose de Berne
Ruby Gold
San Marzano
Snow White
Stupice
Sweet Million
Tamalpais
Tangerine
Taxi
Tigerella
Tuscany
Yellow Gooseberry
Yellow Marble
Yellow Pear

Peppers
Cal Wonder Bell
Corno Di Toro
Nardello
Pimiento
Purple Beauty Bell
Sunrise Orange Bell
Figaro
Hungarian Sweet Banana
Kalocsa Paprika
Pimento D'Esplette
Figaro Sweet Pimento

Potatoes
Desiree

Peas
Sugar Snap Peas Mel
Knight Shelling Peas

Sugar Snap Peas

Asparagus Pea-Pois Asperges
This pea produced wingled pods, very easy to grow. Plants are self supporting. Bush habit 30/45cms high, very attractive deep red flowers, pick peas when approx 3cms long, has a mild asparagus taste. Stir fry, lightly boil or eat raw. Will crop through the summer to the first frosts.

Beans
Agate Soy Beans
Baby Fordhook Lima
Christmas Speckled Pole
Ford Hook 242 Lima

Ground Cherry planted 5/18/02
Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry

Carrots planted 5/18/02
Touchon
Little Finger
Parmex
French Baby-Babette
Chantenay Red Core
Mezza Lunga Nantese 2
St Valery
Violette de Grece

Corn
Kandy Korn

Turnips/Swede
Best of Swede
Marian Swede

Lettuce/Greens
Mache
Lettuce/Laitue Quatre Saisons
Lettuce/Laitue Sucre
Ruby Orach Spinach
New Zealand Spinach

Leeks
Scotland
Siegfried
Cucumber
English Cucumber

Watermelon
Middleton Gardens Sun Moon Stars
Sun Moon Stars

Melons
Ambrosia Melon
Cream of Saskatchewan
Bastion
Cantalop D'Alquer
Nancy's Israeli Melon

Pumpkin
Cinderella




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