End of the 2008 Backyard Garden ~ Next year’s Inventory

Well…I yanked the last of the tomato and pepper plants. We had a few nights where it dropped down to the freezing and my ‘maters froze.

Here’s a list of all the veggies I planted this year:

Sugar Peas
Corn
Pumpkins
Romaine
Red Leaf Lettuce
Carrots
Green Onions
Radishes
Black Beans
Bush Green Beans
Cayenne Peppers
Sweet Italian Peppers
Red Carribean Haberano Peppers
Cucumbers
Black Zucchini
Mexican Grey Squash
Yellow Crook-neck Squash
Basil
Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Italian Parsley
Thyme
Rhubarb

Things I will do different next year:

Sugar Peas ~ I think I’ll pass on the peas next year. I don’t have the room to plant the amount one needs to get a good crop yield.

Tomatoes ~ No more wee tomatoes. My mom gave me two of her Heirloom tomatoes and I took the seeds out of one (then ate the tomato! Yum!). I’ll start plants from the seeds…definitely need plants in spring, not seeds.

Corn ~ Definitely more corn! It was very tasty and I didn’t plant enough this year. Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

Onions ~ I’m going to pass on the green onions and plant yellow and red onions. Garlic too! The garlic will be planted this fall.

Radishes and Carrots ~ Yes! Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

Squash ~ I think I’m going to just go with the Mexican Grey Squash and only two plants. I love that stuff and it grew much better than the zucchini and crook-neck. Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

Of course Pumpkins…I’ll plant only two mounds and put them out front where they grew the best. Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

I’ll only plant Green Beans next year and put them where I had the pumpkins in the back (that didn’t grow too well)…it’ll be a great place for them where it’ll be easy to stake them. (see picture below) Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

More cucumber plants…this time I’ll make something for them to climb on. Excellent seed starters, do not need plants.

Yes to Cayenne Peppers and then I’ll plant New Mexican Hatch Green Chiles too. I seeded both of them and will start the seeds early so I have nice size plants to transplant in the spring…it takes too long to start them by seed in the spring.

Potatoes ~ I’m going to plant potatoes next year. I KNOW that they grow great in northern Nevada. I’d like to try Cabbage too.

I’ll move the basil out front where the parsley and thyme is. Rhubarb plants stay where they’re at. The Romaine and Red Leaf Lettuce didn’t do all that well as the squash plants over-powered them. If I plant them next year it will have to be in a place all by themselves.

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Community Gardens in Northern Nevada

Just happened to glance at today’s Reno Gazzette-Journal before heading out the door for work and saw the Living Section had lots of gardening articles, so I brought it with me. I guess this week will be GARDENING BLOG WEEK! LOL! 🙂

Susan Skorupa wrote an article about Community Gardens Sprout in Nevada ~ Teglia’s Paradise Park in NE Reno, Carson City, and in Virginia City. Places where people, with no garden space of their own, can plant in plots for their own food and to help charity food programs.

I’ve rewritten part of the article to get all the information in a nut shell:

Teglia’s Paradise Park Community Garden
Contact Debora Hartshorn, administrator, at 775-356-3176 for additional information

The Community Garden provides garden plots for $5/plot this season for residents to plant their own vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruits. Residents must turn the soil, plant and water their own individual plots. Water, hoses, a wheelbarrow and other tools are available in the garden for everyone’s use.

The garden holds 44 individual 5’x10′ plots and several large community plots. In the large community garden beds, seeds are donated and people help with the upkeep of the garden. All food from those plots goes back into the community. They ask that individual garden plots donate a portion of their produce to a select charity.

There are a few large raised beds that are fully accessible to those with disabilities to sit in wheelchairs or chairs and garden. Resident involvement is important and a Garden Club is available to get to know your fellow gardeners. You can learn great gardening tips and develop your gardening skills.

The fenced-in garden area consists of tilled and composted beds, paved pathways, shade from a grape arbor, bulletin board and a drinking fountain. There is an 800 pound mosaic Scarecrow built by a local artist and sculptor, Victoria Sweedler.

There is an area outside of the garden for composting where leaves from city properties is brought in and mulch comes from the urban forester’s office. Western Nevada Supply donated a drip irrigation system for the large community plots.

Carson City’s Community Garden
Carson City Community Garden Information: 775-887-2252

Carson City’s Community Garden Plot is on city land near the Lone Mountain Cemetery and consists of about 24 4’x16’ plots. It began as a partnership between the Cooperative Extension Office and the Carson City Parks and Recreation Department; it now includes the Carson City Senior Center.

Initially the garden was open to Senior Citizens only, but is now open to all residents. Gardeners pay $10/year, there maybe a partial fee waiver for those who can’t pay.

The city provides water, hoses, tools, some seeds and fertilizer. Insecticide use is discouraged. There is no produce donation required, but last year more than 400 pounds of food went to different local programs.

Virginia City’s Community Garden

Virginia City has a small garden that benefits the Community Chest’s food closet and the before- and after-school food program. There are a few raised garden boxes that were the result of a project by the Global Youth Service Day ~ they sit behind the offices of the Community Chest, a family youth development program.

I have my fingers crossed with my garden…I go out every day after work to talk to my seeds while watering. It’s only been five days since I planted, but I’ve been nose to dirt looking for seedlings! ROFL! Since there is only two of us, I will be donating my extra veggies that I don’t plan on canning to my neighbors and the church next door.