Peonie, first breaking soil 3/27
Cabbage — 9 transplanted in raised bed 3/27. Within first 3 days pests eat and destroy at least 3 plants, only 5 and a nub left. Using ground cayenne peppers now (nothing initially) to deter pests. All plants dead by 4/8.
Corn — 8 thirty foot rows planted 4/6 in amended soil (6 inches of horse manure topping soil 5 months before and plowed in week of planting). Four rows nearest pine Ferry Morse Peaches & Cream; next four Ferry Morse Silver Queen. Watered immediately after planing. No seed soaking before planting. Temp mid-40′s overnight to high 70′s. Light Osmocote dropped right on top of the two outside rows on both sides on 4/9. First seedlings appeared 4/16. By 6/18 several ears close to being ready to pick
Beans — 3 thirty foot rows of generic white half runners planted 4/7. Seeds dropped on soil, with very light covering spread afterward, and then watered. First seedling 4/15, several more 4/16. First big mess of beans picked 6/15
Onions — Roughly 100 planted in 7×7 bed behind corn 4/8. Full wheelbarrow horse manure spread over bed before planting.
Mustard Greens — Ferry Morse planted 4/8 east of onions. Broadcast. Not one germinated.
Basil — from seed trade. Bed east of mustard, broadcast about 4/17. By 6/15 bed very well established
Okra — 4 seven foot rows in back left corner planted 4/9 by simply digging a shallow trench and dropping in seed from pod from neighbor Luther’s 2011 crop. Osmocote on only first row. No watering. No covering of seeds. Watered 1st time 4/15. NONE germinated.
Roses — 4/4 worms spotted on leaves and bulbs. Yellow bloom, severely damaged by worm chew.
Garbanzo Beans — Three 10 foot rows. Seed from foodstock. 4/13. Soaked for two days before planting, beans sticky when planted. Replant about 2-3 weeks later. NO plants came up.
Potatoes — seed potatoes from feed store. 4/14. Three 15 foot rows. All eyes up. Covered 1 inch in 4 inch trench.
Lettuce — Black Seeded Simpson. Two ten foot rows just south of garbanzos. North row Ferry Morse 2011. South row American Seed 2009. 4/16
Beets — Mayo Seed 2009(?). Bed east of corn and south of mustard. 4/17 Broadcast. First several pulled 6/18, but even those picked mostly still small — only 3-4 large sized.
Radishes — generic from feed store in 2011, in SAME BED as beets. 4/17 Broadcast. NO GERMINATION.
Wild blackberries came in about 6/8