Radishes Abound

The garden is well on its way to realizing its full potential.  One of my earlier goals for 2007 was to increase the garden size, which has been a success, though I’m already thinking of expanding.  Here’s the latest on what’s growing.

Cucumbers  Bed 1

On the left are miniature white cucumbers that will be working their way up the outdoor shower enclosure.  On the right is the first bed I put in back in November.  This was the one when tested, showed few nutrients and the carrots and beets have been floundering since November.  I’m surprised they didn’t rot away.  Anyhow, this is the hodge-podge bed of purple potatoes, chanterey carrots, garlic, lisbon onions, bull’s blood beets and thyme, all planted a bit too close together.

bed 2  bed 3

Bed 2 (L) consist of Bright Breakfast Radish started from seed, American Spinach from seed and (3) broccoli plants from my neighbor.  I’m trying the square foot method of gardening in this bed, which makes for tidier looking plants.  Bed 3 (R) has Rosa Bianca Eggplants (seed) and Bee Balm in the front (nursery), and Bloody Butcher (seed) and Yellow Pear Tomatoes (seed) at the rear.

Bed 4  harvest 2

Bed 4 (L) has the same tomatoes as bed 3, Eggplant, Rosemary and Sweet Red Peppers, both of these from a nursery.  In the far corner are (2) Romaine babies in one of the EarthBoxes.   Final, the second harvest, a handful of spinach and a radish.  I can’t show you the first harvest because we ate it already.  It was a handful of radishes eaten last night with this delightful butter and cream cheese concoction that you see in the corner.  Also in the garden but not ready for a photo-op are Arizona Cantelopes, Black Beauty Squash and another tomato plant in the Topsy Turvy, a gift from T.  All the new beds are a mixture of peat moss, topsoil and predominantly mushroom compost from Thos. Stein’s.



7 thoughts on “Radishes Abound

  1. i would highly recommend getting the bee balm out of your garden asap. it is a lovely plant, don’t get me wrong… i have lots of it. BUT… it’s fairly invasive (and comes back every year). it will take over, i assure you. mine has already started to spread outside of the flowerbed and has become part of the lawn that gets mowed. but it smells great being mowed!

  2. jeez ~ I read that it’s a great companion to tomatoes, though no where does it say whether to plant it in the same bed or not. I just figured that made sense. Well, I’ll figure out something to do with it, I suppose.

    I’m hoping that by the time the fam and friends get here in May, we’ll have lots of goodies from the garden.

  3. it is an excellent companion to gardens because it brings in the bees to polinate the flowers (like on tomato plants). but lemme tell you, it grows faster than tomato plants (at least here in TN) and that means it will be crowding out and taking the sunlight from them. maybe someone else will interject and give you the “real deal.” this is just my experience.

  4. The garden looks great! I’ve actually been having trouble coaxing my beebalm seeds to sprout and grow. We’ve had fabulous success with just about everything else, especially the radishes, squash and tomatoes…

  5. Nah, I’m definitely not too concerned anymore as the darn things won’t grow 🙂 But I had them interplanted with the tomatoes and also in a barrel with some chamomile. But alas, it’s a problem I won’t be contending with this season…

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