Friday, June 21, 2013

edible estate 2013

Most of you who have been reading this blog for awhile now have heard about our front yard garden which was part of a project by Fritz Haeg and in a book called Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn. The garden was done in 2007 which was the summer before we bought our house.

News from the garden:

The continuing garden continues to do well this year with the exception of the loss of many of the strawberry plants which we are working towards re-establishing. The loss I think is due to the lifespan of strawberry plants which is usually around 5-6 years. The amount of strawberry plants that were planted is unknown to me but, I'm guessing it seems to be 100's judging by the space in which they were planted. We still have some of the older plants and are hoping the new plants will send out runners and we will be back to our usual crop in a few years. It has been very rainy this June so there has also been issues due to the moisture. The rest of the berries- gooseberries, blackberries, currants and raspberries are doing well. The blueberry bush was overrun after the first year and should have been transplanted. The fruit trees are continuing to grow and thrive and those are cherry, apple and 3 peach trees (two dwarf). We now have 2 grape vines.

In the planters this year the perennials- rhubarb, chive, rosemary, lemon balm, lavender, geum, sage and wooly thyme continue to do well.

Now to the crops that were implemented for 2013 in the front garden.

Tomato- Carolina Gold, Juliet & Celebrity,Parsley, Italian Basil, Thai Basil, Arugula, Radish- French Breakfast, Radicchio, Sunflowers - a few different varieties, Borage, Kale, Swiss Chard-Rainbow Lights, Nasturtium, Peppers- Yellow Bell Pepper & Black Beauty, Green Beans, Peas - Purple Podded, Sweet Peas, Squash, Tomatillo, Rosemary, Sorrel, Geum- a new one, Mint, Cucumber, Potato- Yukon Gold, Marjoram, Cosmos, Scarlet Runner Beans, Snapdragons and a variety of other lettuces such as bibb and mesculun.

I am sure I have forgot some things since sometimes after I harvest something I run out and plant some seeds and then forget to write it down. I like surprises so this is okay with me.

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