Overnight, the first real killing frost finally hit. A couple of nights it had gotten close, touching some plants in the field, but this was the real deal. At 8am, the lower end of the garden was still in the shadow of the drive shed, and the frost still hadn't burned off. Basil … [Read more...] about Finally, frost!
The flower sections have pretty well taken off over the last month, with the several beds of zinnias (above, directly below) offering up the biggest splash of color. We're not harvesting the flowers, this season is a trial run, but they get regularly cut by everyone working in … [Read more...] about Flowers galore
Zinnias bloom! At least, a few varieties are starting, along with many of the other cut flowers in this year's trial bed. Much of last year's first trial bed wound up worse for the wear after drought and infrequent weeding. This year, I tripled the amount of the same flower … [Read more...] about Cut flowers arrive
A vibrant slash of orange and yellow—the half-row of calendula seemed to be fairly unfazed by the recent blast of sub-zero cold, where the zinnias didn't do so well. Another bit of first-hand frost experience to file away. Elsewhere in the flower test plot, the very few centaurea … [Read more...] about Zinnia vs calendula
With all of the recent rain and warm weather, the trial flower patch has bounced back, well, as best it could, half of it having been overrun by pigweed, and the rest starved by three months of near drought. It's the most striking part of the entire market garden right now, … [Read more...] about Flower garden