The Display Vegetable Garden in June
It’s been a month since we planted the 12 x 12 foot display garden. In the last week of May we hit some record high temperatures for the Ottawa, Ontario region and the garden is now coming along very nicely. In fact this week, we actually managed to pick our first garden grown veggies for our salads.
Tatsoi has been the biggest surprise in our trial veggie garden. We purchased the seeds at an organic growers meet simply because we had never grown this vegetable. The tatsoi grew extremely fast, has a lovely mild chard-like flavor and makes a great crunchy green in a salad.
The interplanting of carrots and radishes worked out perfectly. The little carrots are now setting their second set of leaves and the radishes are ready for picking. In the next couple of days we’ll have harvested the last of the radishes from the carrot patch, giving the baby carrots plenty of room to grow.
Peas, beans, cucumbers, zucchini are all up and doing well. The snow peas are now about 6 inches tall, and will need to be supported. Supporting poles for our peas, cucumbers and beans are already in place, so it will be a simple job to staple the netting in place. Curiously, the squash plants that grow with a companion squash right next to them seem to be doing much better than squashes growing alone.
Vegetables with Issues
The peanuts and parsley never came up. Both sets of seeds were about 5 years old. I really should have run a germination test on both sets of seeds. The birds love sitting on the bean supports, but the ingrates nipped the leaves off 1/3 of my baby bean plants. Their thinning job is a bit erratic, so I’ll replant in the spare spaces in a couple of weeks for the second bean crop. The flea beetles seem to love my tatsoi just as much as I do. We are going to try a row cover on the tatsoi to see if that will discourage those little gourmets.
We had a spot of cool weather around the first week of June, so delayed planting the tomatoes until around June 12th.
Happy Gardening to you all.