This page serves as a record of when we started, sowed, transplanted, and harvested crops in the 2010 edition of Maple Hoo Garden.
Started onions. (Started hardening them off week of March 8th.)
Sowed peas outdoors, and started peppers.
Started tomatoes and broccoli.
Transplanted onions and imbolc lettuce.
Transplanted tomatoes into peat pots.
Put tomatoes in cold frame.
Harvesting green garlic; potatoes in tubs are sprouting.
Transplanted tomatoes because they were looking unhappy in the cold frame.
Moved peppers into cold frame. Started basil seeds. Direct sowed Jacob’s Cattle, Kenearly Yellow, Pawnee Shell, and Cherokee Trail of Tears beans, and two kinds of nasturtiums.
Conceded that the broccoli was goners, and planted sunflowers instead. Started pumpkins a week ago. Spotted several proto-tomatoes.
Ordered garlic for Fall 2010 planting.
Harvested the softneck garlic.
Harvested first tomatoes.
Harvested all onions.
Ordered Yellow Finn and Desiree potatoes from Seed Savers Exchange.
Started onion seeds (Yellow of Parma and Australian Brown).
Started peppers — Jalapenos, Nardello, Tolli’s Sweet Italian, Aci Sivri, and Rellenos.
Started tomatoes — Ramapo, Moreton, Black Plum.
Direct sowed peas and radishes.
Started hardening off onions.
Thinned tomatoes and peppers (all of which are getting second leaves).
Removed straw from beds. Transplanted tomatoes into larger starter pots.
Planted onions in bed. Planted Desiree and Yellow Finn potatoes. Side-dressed garlic with compost.
Transplanted peppers into peat pots. Started marigold seeds in peat pots and left outside.
Started Poppy Joe’s and Genovese Sweet basil seeds. Planted Jaclyn and Heritage raspberries and Chester blackberries. Most of the potato plants are visible above the soil. Harvested green garlic last night, but it was probably too soon.
Transplanted tomatoes! Also mounded the potatoes for the first time. Planted spearmint and transplanted volunteer catnip into pots. Moved the peppers into the cold frame.
Planted the peppers, basil, and cherry tomatoes.
First tomato flower.
Planted marigolds in beds. Scapes sighting!
First scape harvest.
First Moreton tomato spotted.
First Tolli’s Sweet pepper flower.
Harvested 2 pounds of Desiree potatoes and 1 3/8th ounces of Yellow Finn (i.e. one small potato). Also pulled up one head of Inchileum garlic. Marigolds have been blooming for a few days.
Ordered garlic (about 55 bulbs) from Seed Savers. One interesting variety already sold out! Order in June next year. Also harvested more garlic (the Inchelium and German White are ready for harvest) and two Australian Brown onions. Cherry tomatoes have proto-tomatoes!
Harvested all remaining potatoes, and all remaining garlic. Also, harvested five Australian Brown onions.
Planted bush beans: four rows of Arikana Yellow, four rows Boston Favorite, fours rows of Ireland Creek Annie, and three rows of Painted Pony. Planted Lipstick and Vesuvius nasturtiums scattered around the tomato and pepper beds.
Beans are sprouting!
Noticed a squirrel running off with one of the peaches; harvested a handful of peaches to ripen in the kitchen.
Picked first Moreton tomato.
Planted carrots and beets. Carrots: (two rows each, in order from house) Yellowstone, St. Valery Chatennay, Scarlet Nantes, Red Core Chatennay, Oxheart, Kurota, Dragon. Beets: (three rows each, in order from house) Bull’s Blood, Burpee’s Golden, Cylindra, Early Blood Turnip.
Harvested Yellow of Parma onions. (They could have been taken up any time in the last two weeks.) Harvested lots of tomatoes and peppers. The garden is in full swing now!
Sowed garlic. German Extra Hardy, Bogatyr, Chet’s Italian Red, Inchelium, Pskem River, and Siberian.
Ordered Caribe potatoes from Seed Savers Exchange. Shipment should arrive at the end of March.
Started onions (Riverside, Newburgh), tomatoes (San Marzano, Black Plum), and peppers (habanero, nardello) from seed. Seeds had started sprouted by February 22nd. Tomatoes popped up by February 24th. Leaving seed trays in the dining room to germinate worked well. The peppers were slower, only sprouting on or around March 1st. (Next year: start half a tray each of onion varieties.)
Thinned tomatoes and onions.
Should have planted lettuce and direct-sown onions.
Transplanted tomato plants to larger peat pots. Started hardening onions in cold frame.
Removed straw and chicken wire from garlic bed.
Planted potatoes (Yellow Finn, All Blue, Banana Fingerlings, Desiree). Could have planted them earlier.
Transplanted onions to garden bed and started scallions.
Direct seeded garden bed with lettuce (Butterking, El Capitaine, Four Seasons, Rouge D’Hiver) and radishes (French Breakfast and Plum Purple). Should have done earlier. Will do successive plantings of every two weeks.
Transplanted peppers into large peat pots. Started sage and Poppy Joe’s and Genovese basil seeds.
Started Parisian pickling cucumbers, Small Sugar, Casper, and Rouge Vif D’Etampes pumpkins and placed in cold frame.
Planted marigolds in corners of beds. Direct sowed scallions and second succession of radishes (French Breakfast and Cherry Belle). Started full tray of scallions for later planting. Planted lavender in container.
Planted San Marzano and Black Plum tomatoes in beds. Direct sowed cucumbers. Planted nursery-bought lavender, sage, and French tarragon in pots. Started sunberries. Direct sowed nepeta.
Direct sowed peanuts, Casper and Rouge Vif D’Etampes pumpkins, Calypso bush beans, and 3rd planting of Cherry Belle and French Breakfast radishes. Transplanted Habaneros, Nardellos, Small Sugar pumpkins, and scallions. Mounded several potatoes.
First tomato flower.
Transplanted Poppy Joe’s and Genovese basils, sage, and yellow pear tomatoes (pass along plants started elsewhere).
Mounded potatoes for the last time (the beds won’t accommodate any more soil). Thinned Calypso beans.
Noticed the garlic scapes are coming in. All of the Black Plum tomatoes have flowers.
Possible peanut sighting.
Desiree potato flower bloomed. Confirmation of peanut sighting.
Noticed first tomato (black plum). Harvested scapes.
First Nardello blossom.
Pulled up remaining radishes (leaving some to blot for possible seed saving). Planted brussels sprouts. Planted kaleidiscope carrots, Japanese Imperial long carrots, and Scarlet Dragon carrots. Potted hot-and-spicy oregano and marjoram. Planted tennis ball, pablo, and Granpa Admire’s lettuces (in the shade of the tomato plants).
Direct sowed Japanese Imperial long, Kaliedescope, and Red Dragon carrots, as well as brussel sprouts.
First Nardello pepper appeared.
Harvested German White garlic and two Desiree potato plants. Noticed bean pods on the Calypso plants in the potato bed.
Harvested Persian Star and Chesnok Red garlic, remaining Desiree potatoes and all All Blue potatoes. One tomato is starting turn red. Harvested 9 blueberries. Raspberry bramble has been productive for three or four weeks.
Harvested most of the Riverside onions, four Yellow Finn potatoes, and all fingerlings. Have been taking a few almost red-tomatoes off the plants for a few days now.
Harvested all remaining Riverside and all Newburgh onions.
Harvested four Yellow Finn potatoes. Sowed beans (October, Hutterite, Lina Cisco Bird Eggs, Tigers Eye, Calypso), casper pumpkin, carrots (Oxheart, Nantes Coreless, Scarlet Chantenay, Redcore Chantenay), and beets (Chioggia, Cylindra, Detroit Dark Red, Touchstone Gold).
Hutterite, Calypso and Tigers Eye have all sprouted and been thinned. Most of October and Lina Cisco have sprouted as well. Pumpkin, beets, and most of carrots have sprouted. Ordered garlic, but one interesting variety was already sold out. Order earlier next year.
Harvested last of the Yellow Finn potatoes. Leaving them in the ground longer definitely helped. Don’t harvest as soon next year. Direct sowed jalapeño peppers.
Jalapeño peppers sprouted.
Harvested first yellow pear tomato and one Calypso bean plant.
Direct sowed Purple Top White Globe turnips, Joan rutabagas and baby pumpkins. Moved some basil plants to the jalapeno/bean bed. Thinned beets. Removed gherkin plants and the one Calypso bean that was harvested on August 9th.
Turnips and Rutabagas had sprouted. (By the end of August, all the seedlings were eaten down to nothing.)
Japanese Imperial Long carrot harvested.
First habanero harvested.
Removed and composted San Marzano tomatoes.
Sowed braising mix.
Harvested majority of Tiger’s Eye beans.
Received garlic from Seed Savers Exchange. (Had received Seeds of Change garlic a few days earlier.)
Harvested remainder of all beans; some pods were not dry, but beans dried nicely indoors.
Planted garlic and spring carrots.
Big garlic bed: Bogatyr (five rows, each double planted for green garlic, plus bonus row of green garlic); Georgian Crystal (three rows, two double planted); Inchelium (four rows, all double planted)
Small garlic bed: German White interplanted with carrots (two bonus rows of Inchelium)
Ordered Desiree potatoes from Seed Savers Exchange.