Sunday, July 07, 2013
roger's garden post
looking west at row crops. peppers. potatoes. basil/corn. beans/corn. tomatoes. dahlias/zinnias. everything gets drip water. the three closest rows get overhead water too.
this year's new thing. a shadehouse for tender leafy stuff. you can see the raised beds moved to this location here. we began with 30% shadecloth just on top.
one 3x6 bed. chard and kale. we've eaten a lot of kale. the chard got a bad start, burned by the sun. so we put the 30% shadecloth on the side for morning and afternoon sun, and 70% shadecloth on top. the chard perked up. then something began eating the it, leaving the skeletons of the leaves. thinking it was bugs, i dusted with diatomaceous earth. then we notice lesser goldfinches eating the chard! i closed off the remaining openings with bird netting. now we might get to eat some.
the other bed. we have harvested and eaten several lettuces from here already. there is mesclun mix coming up. leafy lettuce that we've eaten. onions from seed from our own onion flowers. carrots and beets. might be a bit crowded. we started with little sprinklers in each corner of each bed and soon saw that overhead watering didn't work. changed to drip lines and all is much better.
Posted by roger at 10:31 PM