10 May 2016 Asparagus

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One pound cut today. Still producing about one pound every other day.

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One pound of asparagus cut today.

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On pound cut this day. Continuation of harvest.

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One half pound cut today.

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One pound of asparagus harvested.

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First of the season asparagus was harvested. One half pound was cut. The bed is permanent about 8 feet by 5 feet, and was planted with 11 crowns of Guelph Millennium about 8 years ago. It will produce harvestable shoots around 12 pounds over about 4 weeks.

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17 May 2016 Asparagus Bed-Clean-up.

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The asparagus bed was cleaned up. Last year’s stalks were pulled up. Each clump was watered with a pail of rainwater from the roof collection system. This was delivered by wheelbarrow. A milk carton baffle is used to stop spillage when moving the wheelbarrow full of water. I find this system of delivery quick and efficient rather than using a pump hose system. A sprinkling of 16 16 16 fertilizer was applied, then the bed was mulched with a layer of wood chips to inhibit moisture evaporation from the Sun. There is still about three weeks of asparagus harvest left.

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Garlic

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Garlic, cloves, rounds and bulbils are all thriving. I expect a good harvest.

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Garlic growth to date. The large plants are normal planted cloves. The one smaller plant row is first year rounds. The small grass looking row is garlic seeds,bulbils. All are growing very well.

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Garlic is growing. There is still no sign of the row of bulbils, but the first year round are all up.

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Garlic was planted to be harvested in July 2016. A row of bulbils was planted at about 2 inch spacing, a row of rounds planted at 4 inch spacing and five rows (80 cloves) was planted at 6 inch spacing.The garlic is from the 2015 harvest. The 8 foot square bed was prepared about a month ago and heavily mulched to retain moisture. Boards were placed to mark the rows. Garlic has no difficulty pushing through the mulch in the Spring.The bulbils will produce rounds in 2016 and the rounds now planted will produce about three normal sized cloves in 2016.Planting the bulbils and rounds will eventually become the cloves for normal planting. This allows more bulbs for use, since none will be used for seed.

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14 May 2016 Celery

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Eight celery plants were placed in the outdoor garden at 12 inch spacing in the row. The plants were purchased in two flats of four plants, and placed in separate containers for two weeks to establish strong roots. Two weeks is about right. Longer the plants become root bound. The plants were watered from the bottom by placing in a large container with water utilizing the sponge effect or osmosis. Celery produces well in my garden.

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12 May 2016 Fern-Leaf Peony (Paeonia tenuifolia)

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This beautiful perennial grows a bit larger every year.The flowers last a few days and are a beautiful deep red. It is expensive to purchase. Best propagated from a root. They are very slow growing in my area. The vegetation disappears completely during the Summer.

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11 May 2016 Red Kale

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Eight kale plants were placed in the outdoor garden at one foot spacing. The plants were purchased in flats and placed in separate pots to establish a strong root system in the greenhouse for about two weeks. The row was covered with wood chip mulch, which is my normal custom, to retain moisture.

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10 May 2016 Collards

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A row of eight collard plants were placed in the outdoor garden. The plants were placed at 12 inch intervals in the row, and covered with mulch. The plants were two weeks in the greenhouse to form strong roots. Originally purchased in flats.

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10 May 2016 Broccoli

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A row of eight plants was placed in the outdoor garden. The plants were purchased in flats and transplanted to separate containers for two weeks to establish strong root systems. The plants were spaced at one foot intervals in the row, and covered with mulch.

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10 May 2016 Planting turnip seed.

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An eight foot row of turnips was planted. The seeds where shaken from a dispenser and will be thinned to about four inches after germination. The seeds were lightly packed into the soil and a board was placed over the area to inhibit drying of the seeds until germination, when the board will be removed.

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9 May 2016 Planting Brussels Sprouts

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Eight Brussels Sprouts were planted in the garden. These were purchased in flats and transferred to individual pots to establish strong roots in the greenhouse about two weeks ago. They were spaced at 18 inches and a support was added, since they get very heavy and tend to bend over as the season advances. They are in an isolated space since they are usually the last item removed from the garden in the Fall. The white cabbage butterfly is a pest. I check often and wash the eggs off with a burst of water. Commercially the plants have to be sprayed, since the larvae disfigure the sprouts.

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