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The Internet Kitchen: Late Start Garden

by Nick

Last year I spent a good amount of time building some raised beds in my yard for a small garden.

This year I had to hold off on getting them ready and planting them due to my knee surgery.

I actually thought I would maybe just abandon the project this year, but a few weeks ago my knee was feeling pretty solid so I just decided to go for it.  I spend a few hours getting the beds ready with some new soil and a good friend was actually nice enough to replace my brick beds with awesome wooden beds.

I learned a lot last year about what will and won’t grow in my beds.  Nothing requiring a lot of sun will grow very well because the beds are in a section of yard that is pretty shaded.  So that means I’m not even trying to plant things like peppers or tomatoes this year.

I also switched from a row-based garden to a square foot garden.  So there are squares of each veggie instead of rows.

I’m planting lots of greens like spinach, arugula, and lettuce plus root veggies like radishes and beets, some peas and green beans, and a BUNCH of herbs.

Honestly my favorite part of my garden last year was the herbs just because I didn’t have to buy little packages of basil and stuff for many months during the summer.

I’m a bit behind on the growing season, but my stuff is starting to sprout!

The Poll

The Links

A few links from around the Internet world…

Cauliflower Pizza Crust – Whoa!  I never would’ve thought to do this but it looks like it holds up really well.  Very impressive and I love the photos in the post.  Beautiful. (@ Food Loves Writing)

Cheese Taco Shells – It’s Cinco de Mayo next weekend and I have a killer nacho recipe on the agenda, but these also look amazing.  Tacos made out of cheese? Gotta love it. (@ Tablespoon)

Machacha Tacos – Braised and spiced meat stuffed in a taco?  It doesn’t get much better than this for May 5th! (@ Crepes of Wrath)

A Rant on Ramps – I’ve never cooked anything with ramps because either A) I can’t find them or B) I would have to take out a personal loan to buy them.  This post is hilarious and tries to figure out why people are so obsessed with this strange onion. (@ Thursday Night Smackdown)

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5 comments on “The Internet Kitchen: Late Start Garden

  1. Good to hear you are well enough to manage getting a garden in. Those beds look wonderful I have a row garden right now, and am considering raised beds, too. Next year you should try hardneck garlic– nothing like it, and you can plant it in the fall for the next summer. Not only do you get plenty of good garlic, but those wonderful scapes to use in the summer.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out, Nick! As soon as I saw the idea for a cauliflower crust, I had to try it, if only to see if it were really possible–and I love what you wrote about how it seems like it can hold up well. It definitely can, and in fact that’s probably what impressed me most! Have a great weekend!

  3. Feels great to play in the dirt again doesn’t it? I am glad you were able to stick with it. I have discovered that the reward of a late garden is so much better than no garden at all. It sounds like you’re set right now but some ideas that might interest you in the future…
    If you would like to extending your season a little, check out Elliot Coleman’s Four-Season Harvest. He talks about some inexpensive and versatile methods of growing cooler season vegetables without a green house.
    You might also consider the “Lasagna Gardening” soil building method made popular by Patricia Lanza. http://organicgardening.about.com/od/startinganorganicgarden/a/lasagnagarden.htm.
    Also, in case it is an option, there are varieties of tomatoes and peppers that grow well in a large pot if you have a sunny location for them.
    I hope we get to see lots of pictures of your garden as it progresses. What herbs are you growing?

  4. Planting an edible garden, no matter how small, no matter how simple is a most satisfying experience. To watch your plants grow and in due time harvest the fruits of your labor is happiness! I have 3 half barrels and always plant tomatoes and lots of basil. The highlight of my summer is enjoying caprese salads, freshly picked from my very own oak barrel garden. Love the simple pleasures! Good luck with your greens!

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