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Semi Dryland Update

September 14, 2012

As I stated in the previous post, I do use irrigation where appropriate.  This is our main garden, which is where most of the fine seed gets planted, and where we do most of our succession plantings.  Due to the gardens long narrow shape it is hard to get one photo that shows what is growing there.  This garden gets spot watered occasionally, usually if we set out transplants or are direct seeding in hot, dry weather.


Northeast corner.

Northwest corner.

Chickweed, which tells you how cool our summer has been until recently.  Chickweed usually leaves the garden by the end of June.

Pole beans drying down for seed.  I’m still getting enough beans for a mess.



The middle of the garden looking northwest.  Lots of volunteer flowers,cilantro, and dill which makes the garden pretty and gives the beneficials something to dine on.


Middle again – different view.


Southeast end looking northwest.  Cucurbits planted on the edge where I can reach them with one hose.


Southwest end looking northeast.

South end looking north – cabbage, celeriac, cauliflower (already harvested), broccoli.


CharmantF1 – excellent cabbage for kraut.  This is the second planting, the first is kraut already, and the third is coming along nicely.

Romanesco broccoli or cauliflower – VeronicaF1.

Diablo Brussels Sprouts and volunteer Calendula.

Red Bull Brussels Sprouts.


I could spend all day in this garden, I have gardened in this spot for so long, it feels like an old friend.

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  1. September 14, 2012 2:22 am

    Is that Amaranth in the bottom corner? If so do you harvest it for seed and again if so, how do you do it? Also when do you know when it is ready to harvest? It is my first year of growing it, some is outside to see how it would fare in our climate here in Latvia and some in the greenhouse, just in case. It all seems to have done pretty well and the ones by the door in the greenhouse are well over 6ft tall.

    • September 14, 2012 5:10 am

      Joanna, that’s just Love-Lies Bleeding for decoration and it comes back every year in that spot. I have never grown Amaranth for food, but here is a good link that explains it pretty well.

      http://www.saltspringseeds.com/scoop/powerfood.htm

      • September 14, 2012 6:10 am

        That link was very useful thank you. Just have to wait a little longer perhaps until the first frosts and then we can try harvesting it. It could make a promising grain if it has grown so well around here with such a cool and wet summer that we’ve had. Should be even better if it is drier next year.

  2. Katharina permalink
    September 14, 2012 3:34 am

    So beautiful. I wish I could come to learn from you :-)

  3. jenj permalink
    September 14, 2012 4:45 am

    Your garden has such variety – it never ceases to amaze me. Most folks I know grow tomatoes and peppers, but then I think they have gardens to say that they garden, and not really as a source of food. I’m one step past the tomato/pepper garden, but oh-so-far from where you are. Your garden is an inspiration!

    • September 14, 2012 5:05 am

      Jenj, thanks so much. You’ll get there, if you keep at it. If you think about it, there has never been a year in my life without a vegetable garden so like the 10,000 hour thing Malcolm Gladwell writes about in Outliers: The Story of Success, I have put in the time, so it is easy because I have lots of practice :)

      As for tomatoes and peppers, I am amazed at how much those two veggies alone command of my time compared to a kohlrabi that I just plant the seed, nurture it a little and eat it out of hand most times. Tomato growing borders on obsessive!

  4. September 14, 2012 4:51 am

    You have a really big garden, it all looks really nice. I noticed it looks like you have a electric fence up around it. Does that work in keeping all critters out of your garden or do some still find a way to get in?

    • September 14, 2012 4:59 am

      Gordon, thank you. Actually that fence is to keep the dogs in…the dogs do a pretty good job of keeping critters especially deer out of the garden. Voles (field mice) are a constant irritation but the dogs and cats catch a lot of them, and the dust mulch helps in that regard too.

  5. Sunnie permalink
    September 14, 2012 9:58 am

    We just bought a farm in the Country, and loving it! I didnt get too garden this year, my husband and I plan on building a greenhouse, we live in Colorado so very seasonal. Do you garden outside and in that greenhouse? I would like to do bigger stuff outside, pumpkins, watermelons, maybe corn, around a deer fence. You do get better with gardening as the years go by, thats for sure! It is a very pretty garden, do you can quite a bit, and do you groe herbs year round for cooking with? Also, Im sorry, do you ever do a fall or winter garden? Thanks!

    • September 14, 2012 4:30 pm

      Hi Sunnie, congrats on the new farm! Yes we garden inside the greenhouse and outside in regular gardens. I can, freeze and dehydrate a few things, and we are mild enough here that a few things overwinter some winters right where they are planted. I grow a few herbs in the greenhouse, and to make it simple I just start them over each year. I’m not too good at perennial things…

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