Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Garden Updates, May 24th

Here's the bed with Chard and Bush beans. I'm trialing the Lupini beans here too.
The taller "In-N-Out" palmtree (image link is not mine) looking things are mature Romaine lettuces we're collecting seeds from.
Just cleared the Celery from this bed. We're planning on planting Bulb Onions here. We use a LOT of bulb onions but haven't had much success growing them.  We buy Short Day varieties but, they don't grow well.  I think the soil may be lacking sulphur and phosphorus.  According to other sites, onions need these to bulb well.  Not sure how to acquire those elements though.
The bed that had the potatoes now has a new look: Peppers!
The not so great bed. This has 2 Kabocha pumpkin plants growing along with Komatsuna and Yu Choy. The Kabochas are not thriving at all. There's one that has one baby punkin growing but the other is turning yellow. We think it's a nutrient deficiency. Pumpkins require enormous amounts of compost. They prefer growing in nearly raw compost!
Royal Purple Bush Beans. We're letting them mature to collect the seeds.
Herb/flower Garden: Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Sage, Shungiku (edible Chrysanthemum), Dianthus, Lavender, Oca, Pelargonium, Alpine Strawberries, and Garlic Chives in the back left
We'ee in the process of moving our compost bins to under the Loquat tree. We have 3 bins all together. 2 have been placed. Just waiting for the 3rd bin's contents to finish composting, then it'll be moved.
Sleepy kitty lounging on the bench


Anonymous said...

We plant short day onions from starts (look like little green onions) in Dec. The bulblets generally don't have enough time to grow. Our onions (granex and texas supersweet) will be ready to harvest the first week of june. Seeds can be planted in September when you plant garlic. Last year they were over 1lb. each. This year we got them in late and they are a lot smaller.

inland so cal

Anne said...

Amazing! Woot! Go AJK!

Yay you are saving seeds too!!

I'm attacking the perennial onions which are sending up flowers. 2 good sized stands that nothing much as been done to except pulling some to eat for the last 15 years. Needs a lot of work.. too crowded.

Are you sure you have the planting time right for the onions? Maybe earlier in the year so they can benefit more from the exposure to lengthening of light hours?

Anne said...

Oh with the squash.. sometimes when the plant successfully sets a fruit, it will abort others while it gets that one going.

Curious.. was it direct seeded or transplanted?

AJK said...

Thanks Kathy for the tip! I'll try growing the onions much earlier this year. I started the onion seedlings too late I guess. They were sown last month.

Thanks Anne for your wisdom as well! I know the garlics go in in Sept, but ours failed this past season due to unfinished compost that was turned under and not allowed to rest long enough. I tried sowing seed for onions last year but they mostly got powdery mildew during winter rains and we pulled them out.

The pumpkin was transplanted, probably a little too late too, so that could be the reason it's not thriving. We have a beautiful volunteer pumpkin that's doing very well though!