Back to Eden Update #2

Well, June creeped up on me fast!

It’s a miracle to me how God gives us 24 hours in a day and I still manage to never have enough time… Hmm… Think I may be the problem there.

Anyway, poor time management skills aside, I stuck some more seeds in the dirt yesterday. I planted two different varieties of non-GMO heirloom corn (and I have a corn allergy, so I’m a little afraid of that) to see whether or not it elicits the same reaction as commercially grown pesticide-ridden, genetically modified garbage sold in stores… We’ll see, it may be an excerxise in stupidity and futility.

I also planted black zucchini, white patty pan squash, and yellow straight necked squash. In the top terrace, I planted some pie pumpkins, small watermelons, purple kale, and viking spinach. Again, mostly because the seed was old and I can’t bear throwing it away if there’s a chance it’ll grow something. If not, oh well- the area can continue to rest this season.

I also planted another round of giant German radishes, and some Swiss chard. My Romain is about done so I wanted to see if I could get in a few more greens before we get too terribly hot outside.

Biggest lessons learned- 

  1. I need sooooooo much more seed and planting space.
  2. Take more copious notes! I have forgotten when I planted things, so I’m winging it
  3. More companion planting/interplanting to avoid and prevent pests- cabbage worms got all my kale. What they didn’t destroy, I gave to my chickens because there wasn’t enough to merit me actually harvesting it for myself.

I left the biggest and best pea pods today out for seed. I really like the Oregon sugar snap pea variety, so I would like to definitely grow more of those. I also pulled the last of the 1st round radishes up. What didn’t look great I split between the chickens and Maggie (our angora rabbit) both parties were ecstatic. I’m letting 1st round spinach to to seed now, and I’ll be saving that seed as well.

Still waiting on our beans, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli, tomatoes (which look fantastic!) and peppers (which also look good after I side dressed everything with our compost) I’m just letting the Egyptian walking onions walk this year.

I’ve determined that most of our harvest this year will actually just be used for seed for next season. I feel like it’s kind of a bust to do it that way since my seed expenditure isn’t ever all that high and our first season planting/yields were so small, but I figure if I have the varieties I like and can grow, why buy them again? I may as well use what I’ve got to my advantage.

I’m viewing this year as an investment year and looking forward to next year for a greater harvest and more know-how in regards to successfully growing everything.

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