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My 2021 Garden

BrandieNoel

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Hey All! Happy Spring! Time to grow stuff!  🍅

I have always loved growing stuff but also love my dogs and took breaks because it was really hard for both to coexist. The hubby built some great raised beds so that I could start back up last year. I can grow vertically on the trellises and the dogs seem to stay out of it for the most part. Although, we have one naughty guy that likes to jump in and run through.... but we are working on that. 🐶

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I also started watching Roots and Refuge on youtube. Such a fun and inspirational channel with lots of information.  Jess is very encouraging and has so many great tips. If gardening is your thing or you just want to get started, this channel is a great place to start! She even wrote a book that came out this year!

https://www.youtube.com/c/RootsandRefugeFarm

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Jessica's Book

Last year the garden was great. We had lots of squash, kale, herbs, and a ton of cucumbers. The trellises were great for growing cucumbers, but they were really heavy. I have a better plan for that this year. Before the vertical growing gets out of hand we will need to secure the structure a little more. I am thinking some pvc will help.

I wanted to share what I have going on this year so far. I planted everything from seed this year about mid March, which is about when we have our last frost here in our area of New Mexico. My hope is to post the baby plants now and then do updates as I go. 🌱

 

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You can see here that the trellises took a little bit of a beating last year. I had tons of lemon cucumbers that grew like crazy and were just so heavy.

 

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Purple Peas! 🐛

I am super excited about these! I planted peas last year and could NOT get them to take off! So far so good!

 

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Bush Beans! 🌿

These do really well here and last year I had a lot of success with them. We put them in salads, fried them up in a pan, and I even pickled some last year and they came out really good.

 

 

 

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My daughter and I like to seed save. Last year we bought some delicata squash and discovered we really like them. They are sweet like a butternut squash and were really good roasted. We saved the seeds and let them dry out before placing them in a paper envelope. They were actually the first squash to pop up in the garden. 🍃

We also saved some spaghetti squash seeds last fall (the bigger plants in the background). I am so excited that these are really taking off too. I am going to see if I can get these to grow vertically. Fingers Crossed!

And to the left our yellow squash is starting to get going too. 🌾

 

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See that tiny little guy there? Cucamelon. I REALLY want to grow these! I hear they are a little sweet like a melon but also sort of like a cucumber. They are small little balls when you harvest them. They are really cute! I planted so many seeds. And so far this is all I have! They climb and they are light. I just think they would be perfect, if I could only get them going! 🍀

 

 

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I can always seem to get zucchini to grow like crazy, which is great because we eat a lot of it! 🌱

 

 

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I always have great success with basil. This year I am fighting a sow bug infestation and of all things they are eating at my basil. They also ate all of my lemon cucumber plants. I am controlling it with food grade diatomaceous earth. And they seem like they are starting to disappear. I also use diatomaceous earth to keep squash bugs under control. It really works and you don't have use pesticides and still keep an organic garden. Unfortunately pests are just part of the process. 🌿

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Diatomaceous Earth 🐛

 

 

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These chives are actually from last year. They survived the frosts from the winter and are going stronger than they were last year. Pretty crazy. 🌱

 

 

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Cilantro is the only other herb I have coming up so far.  I planted mint and dill. The sow bugs ate my dill and the mint has yet to make an appearance. I am trying dill again. I really like having it because we are trying to grow pickling cucumbers again. 🌿

 

 

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Speaking of pickles... These are also great climbers! 🥒

 

 

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Lettuce! 🥬

 

 

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We make a lot of Zuppa Toscana soup, plus the hubs just loves kale. Two different varieties here. One is just the regular curly kind and the other is a Tuscan kale, or I have also heard it referred to as dinosaur kale. 🥬

#teamkale 😜

 

 

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Some red scallions and in the front, my daughter took a yellow onion from the kitchen and made it into 3 different onion plants. It was something she read that she could do and wanted to try it. Seems like it's working out! 🧅

 

 

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And last, we have German chamomile. We drink a lot of chamomile lose leaf tea, especially the hubs. I saw a video on the Roots and Refuge channel where Jess grows hers and makes her own tea leaves. I am excited to try! I do have some Egyptian chamomile I am going to try and get started too. 🌼

 

Well there it is! My 2021 garden....so far. What is everyone else growing? Do you all have any tips or tricks when it comes to growing stuff? 🥦

 



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We love zuppa toscana! I always use baby kale because it is milder in flavor. I didn't know there was a Tuscan kale. Love you garden. We've tried to build a container garden, but lost everything in the freeze. Even so, we really couldn't get anything but root vegetables to grow. Our backyard has extremes for sunlight. Either no shade or too much. 🤷‍♀️ Purple onions and sweet potato grew like crazy in the pots!

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6 hours ago, Stacyejaye said:

We love zuppa toscana!

I will have to share my recipe, ours is a low carb version though. No potatoes, but it still comes out really good. This is my first time planting the tuscan kale. We have had it before, it is very thick and hearty and strong in flavor.

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57 minutes ago, BrandieNoel said:

I will have to share my recipe, ours is a low carb version though. No potatoes, but it still comes out really good. This is my first time planting the tuscan kale. We have had it before, it is very thick and hearty and strong in flavor.

Yes, please share. We actually were looking for a low carb option. Maybe subbing potatoes for cauliflower. Do you still use heavy cream?

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On 5/17/2021 at 9:11 PM, Stacyejaye said:

Yes, please share. We actually were looking for a low carb option. Maybe subbing potatoes for cauliflower. Do you still use heavy cream?

Yes cauliflower instead of potatoes and we definitely use heavy cream! I’m going to make it this week, so I will make it my next blog post! 

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Looks great.  I like the cinderblocks as a border/container for plants.

Do you have other critters that will feast from your garden?  Squirrels, rabbits and other things were a constant nuisance to mine.

Little trick I learned, cucumbers will climb something like chicken wire if you help them out.  Then when you harvest, they are easy to identify and pick.

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On 5/19/2021 at 7:44 AM, Dunnar said:

Looks great.  I like the cinderblocks as a border/container for plants.

Do you have other critters that will feast from your garden?  Squirrels, rabbits and other things were a constant nuisance to mine.

Little trick I learned, cucumbers will climb something like chicken wire if you help them out.  Then when you harvest, they are easy to identify and pick.

We do have squirrels hanging around a little but my dogs scare them away regularly so they stay out of the garden haha!

Thanks for the tip!

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