Itza Garden Tour, Wishetwurra Farm, Part the Third.

We return to the Wishetwurra Farm Garden. For tour number three. These photos were taken June 8, June 20, and July 20.

We start at the “upper” end….where and when we last saw the garden, on the 8th. We’re picking asparagus. Garlic’s moving along. Leek bed planted. Potatoes getting growth.

June 8, 2012

June 20th…Seaweed mulch pulled off asparagus and used elsewhere. Garlic bulbing up. Corn below greenhouse is knee high. Potatoes filling out and getting taller.

June 20, 2012

July 2nd. Asparagus picking over, its bed fertilized and remulched with new seaweed. You can see the fronds shooting up. In a few more weeks it will be a five foot high jungle. Corn below greenhouse starting to show a tassel or two. Bottom leaves on garlic are starting to die back, a sign that harvest time is nearing.

July 2, 2012

Middle garden. 6/8/12. Nearest two beds to right of path are shallots and onions. Below that is broccoli, and below that, some peas. Garden fabric covers strawberries. The catbirds learned to divebomb the material and make holes in it. They got more strawberries than we did. This was the worst strawberry year we’ve ever had.

June 8, 2012

Middle of June: the little onions have been growing very slowly. I wish the first planting of seedlings hadn’t died, they’d have been so much further along by now. Tant pis. The attempt at fixing the pokiness problem has been to refertilize, to mulch with seaweed pulled from the asparagus bed, and to start watering and applying compost every three or four days.

June 20, 2012

After two weeks of better moisture and better nutrition, you can finally see that there’s something growing in the lower allium bed. The shallots have bulbed up and are getting nice and big. Peas are almost all done. We left the one patch, below the broccoli, for grandchildren to graze on. The white lumps of garden fabric to the right of the yellow wheelbarrow are protecting some summer squash plants from the annual invasion of striped cucumber beetles, which are the bane of cucurbits in this garden. The plants will stay covered until they start to blossom, so they have a fighting chance at survival. Between the cucumber beetles, the squash beetles, stem borers, and later in the season, ozone and mildew, the life of the squash plant is a tough one.

July 2, 2012

June 8th. Bed below alliums goes, L to R: broccoli, calendula, parsley, celeriac, second planting broccoli, and then sweet peppers.

June 8, 2012

Midmonth June. Winter squash and pumpkins are set out in the far end. You can see how much plants grow in ten days. The blue wheelbarrow is for collecting roots and shoots of bindweed. Trying to get rid of that weed is this year’s Big War. Someday there will be a dispatch from the front lines of that conflict.
July tooth…Winter squash and pumpkins are covered because of cucumber beetle and squash beetle invasion.

That’s where the garden is as of early July.

Thanks for tolerating the tour.

If you were to visit in person, I might give you a fresh garlic.


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