Wicked Garden

This is the weather that ended 2019’s growing season, October 19:

It wasn’t a great season to begin with, except for peppers, which is a first for me.

 

The seeds saved from Ancho and Fish Peppers are sprouting now. I started planting seeds January 12. This will cause a problem later if the plants grow successfully because I won’t have room for them inside under lights until late May. I’ll cross that bridge if and when I have to.

Number of what is planted, with amount germinated and growing in parentheses:

-Tomatoes 74 (19):

  • Pantano Romanesco: 12
  • Striped Roman: 12
  • Orange Jubilee: 13
  • Orange Jazz (this is a new one for me): 4 (2)
  • Pink Jazz (also new): 6 (5)
  • Brimmer (new): 6 (3)
  • Paul Robeson: 7 (3)
  • Kellogg’s Breakfast: 5
  • Cherokee Purple: 9 (6)

-Peppers 49 (22):

  • Jimmy Nardello: 8 (2)
  • Aji Pineapple: 4
  • Leysa (package said low germ, rare, not much hope for these): 5
  • Aji Charapita : 4
  • Ancho (Poblano): 8 (8)
  • Fish: 8 (8)
  • Striped bell pepper I got at the store and saved the seeds from: 4 (4)
  • Corni di Toro: 8

-Other 82(8):

  • Sesame: 18 (8) – these are tiny seeds and that is the count of little puck-like things they are growing in. There are several seeds sprouting per puck. If they mature, and that’s a reasonably-sized if, they will cover at least 20 feet of ground. I planned for this.
  • Basil and Cilantro: 17
  • Celery, Chinese Pink: 12
  • Celery, Utah Tall: 6
  • Celeriac: 12
  • Moss Rose (it’s a flower, I don’t even think you can eat it): 8
  • Artichoke: 5
  • Cardoon: 4

I’ve spent $84 on materials and seeds this year (spreadsheet needs updating), so if those listed above were all I grew, and all thrived, that would be a cost of $0.41 per plant. I don’t know why I bothered calculating that because there will be more plants and more materials such as growing medium. I will end up paying for mushroom compost from Hazel Dell Mushroom Farm because I avoid growing in animal parts such as feathers and fish corpses. It’s hard, really hard. I’m trying not to pay a lot for dirt or anything else, but our soil is hard-packed and devoid of nutrients and the weather is often extreme. I’m trying to build up soil with somewhat intensive gardening methods rather than raised beds with ideal soil that are effectively huge container gardens. There’s nothing wrong with that and gardeners get beautiful and delicious results that way. But I’m too cheap and I guess I like a challenge.

This summer we were on Long Island, New York, visiting family. To prepare for an afternoon boating we shopped at this absurdly bountiful, colorful farm stand in Amagansett. My cousin dared me to get out of there without spending at least $100 on picnic foods. I spent $90, just because I was challenged. And, frankly, that’s an extremely cheap lunch for the Hamptons. I think we spent that much just going out for ice cream.

Little EG relaxing after swimming and picnicking:

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Still to plant: Beans, squash, cucumber, greens, maybe carrots, maybe a new apple tree. This should increase the return, but also the work, quite a bit.

smol

Author: Fire Horse

I live in Colorado with my husband Metal Pig, our son Evil Genius ("EG") and, for some reason, two Dalmatianesque dogs. One of my dreams is to show a respectable return on the investment I put into growing food in our suburban yard. We love plants but eat them too. I use grandiose terms when describing my garden, like "crops" and "nitrogen levels" but it's too small to be a farm. Maybe one day I'll hitch a miniature horse to a tiny plow and take out the turf grass in the front yard to make room for growing grains.

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