Veggie Garden Update: Mid May

by Tammy Taylor

After a rocky start getting the garden going this year, I’m finally getting to the point that I can get outside occasionally and do some light garden work.  I had some bedding straw in our feed shed that I purchased to mulch the potatoes with and they’ve now had a fresh layer of straw placed on them.  Keeping the potato plants covered almost all the way to the top allows the plants to make more potatoes.

Potatoes Mulched In Garden - Taylor-Made Ranch

I also used the same bedding straw to mulch over the onions I planted this spring.  They’ve got quite a way to go before they give me any onion goodness.

Onions Mulched In Garden - Taylor-Made Ranch

But the onions I planted last fall are almost ready to harvest.  I’ve got some large garlic cloves that will be ready to harvest before long as well.

Onions in Garden - Taylor-Made Ranch

We’ve begun to collect grass clippings for mulch.  Grass clippings are invaluable in mulching the garden during the summer.  It shades the soil to keep it cool, slows evaporation of precious irrigation water and decomposes into rich-soil loveliness by the end of the year.  I won’t use it when it’s still fresh and green but I accumulate it until the heat is out of it and it begins to turn light green or tan.  I’ll probably stir it in a couple of days to distribute the heat & aid in drying and this batch should be ready to use in a week or two.

Grass Clippings In Garden - Taylor-Made Ranch

I’m planting a row of bush green beans today.  These bean seeds are heirlooms so I’ll allow a couple of the plants to grow mature bean pods so I’ll have my seeds for next year.

Green Bean Planting In Garden - Taylor-Made Ranch

I’ve also got my very first bloom on one of my squash plants, which means squash fresh from the garden is in our immediate future!

First Squash Boom in Garden - Taylor-Made Ranch

We’re also showing growth progress with our tomatoes, jalapenos, herbs, grapes, asparagus and pablanos.  Growing a garden is the ultimate local food movement, fresh food is no further than a stroll to your garden.  Your organic produce is picked at the peak of ripeness and full of nutrition, not to mention less expensive than a run to the store for produce that’s been shipped from who-knows-where.  How’s your garden doing these days?

~TMR~

 

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11 thoughts on “Veggie Garden Update: Mid May

  1. Pingback: Vegetable Garden « Organic Gardening

  2. Mary@Back to the Basics!

    Yeah! I love garden posts. Looks great so far. Thanks so much for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Hope to see you again this week! back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/05/tuesdays-with-twist-7-and-huge-seed.html

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  3. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    Great tips! We’re new to AZ and desert life – I feel like I have so much to learn about gardening here! Thanks so much for sharing at last week’ All my Bloggy Friends – Linda and I look forward to seeing what you share this week! 🙂

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  4. Alison Bayne

    What a lush and healthy piece of land – great job. See you on Sunday at mumtopia.blogspot.com/2013/05/homeacrehop26thMay.html

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  5. Jenny

    We collect our grass clippings too. Makes great mulch as well as compost. Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop! Hope to have you back on Thursday: blackfoxhomestead.com/the-homeacre-hop/

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Yes ma’am Jenny – grass clippings make great compost. The soil in these raised beds improves each year partially due to the grass mulch that decomposes and goes back into the soil. Plus it keeps the brutal Texas heat off the root zone of the veggies. win/win! ~TMR~

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  6. Linda @ A La Carte

    Lots of great tips on gardening! I love squash and I’m looking forward that growing soon! Thanks for joining Diann and I at TTF! Linda

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Linda, I’m certain to be enjoying summer squash soon, the plants are blooming! LOL ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Lynn. Slow going this year but certainly gathering steam. Can’t wait to see how the garden pops this year! ~TMR~

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