Finished Planting my 2009 Vegetable Garden ~ Sparks, NV

After burying my beloved Max near the herb & blueberry garden I put what was left of my energy into planting the rest of my vegetable garden.

Bee Balm & Cairn for Max

Bee Balm & Cairn for Max

Planted in the 6×6 raised bed are the following: carrots, red radishes, white radishes, heirloom beets, cabbage, and brussels sprouts.

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In the 12×4 raised bed I planted: garlic, red onions, yellow onions, tomatillas, bush blue lake beans, spacemaster cucumber, lemon cucumber, heirloom beets, broccoli, sweet italian pepper, jalapeno pepper, anaheim pepper, and hungarian stuffing peppers. (I ran out of room for the serrano and one other pepper so I gave them to a coworker)

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In the 12×2 in ground bed I put in mexican grey squash on one side and on the other one each of acorn squash, delicata squash, and hearts of gold cantaloupe (from Fallon, NV). In between all the squash I have 8 sweet white corn stalks.

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I found a Topsy-turvy thingy and planted a siberia fir tree heirloom tomato in it. In four containers I planted 2 brandywine heirloom tomatoes and 2 red siberia heirloom tomatoes.

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Out front, near Max’s grave, are two handmade pickle cucumber plants. In that same area I have 2 oregano, 3 sweet basil, 1 lemon thyme, dill, fennel, and a rosemary. 3 blueberry bushes and 1 Elderberry. There are also 3 lemon queen sunflowers that are growing pretty well for the Sunflower Bee Project.

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Way up front I have chamomile, italian parsley, thyme, rosemary, and bee balm. They wintered pretty well out there, I was surprised.

Now for some flower pictures ~ my lupine is blooming.

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And Columbine.

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How Does Your Garden Grow….Sparks, Nevada…early May 2009

How is everyone’s garden out there in northern Nevada?

I’m getting a slower start than I did last year. But I figured I’d wait to finish planting until May 16th, when I get my heirloom tomatoes and whatnot from the UNCE Master Gardener Plant Sale.

Here’s what is poking their heads up so far ~

Garlic and Red & Yellow Onions

Garlic and Red & Yellow Onions

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage

Red & White Radishes

Red & White Radishes

Heirloom Beets (insides are red and white...like tree rings)

Heirloom Beets (insides are red and white...like tree rings)

Two of the three Horseradish plants are up and about too! I’ll get pictures this weekend. The carrots just woke up.

My blueberry plants are blooming ~

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And here are some pictures of the front yard….looking much better now that we yanked those stupid Junipers out! See all those rocks below? Those are what we pull out of the ground when digging. Lots and lots of river cobbles.

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Front & Back Yard Gardening ~ Roses are in!

I took yesterday off work to work in my yard…wanted to finish up the front side-yard and my FIL came over to help me ro-do the raised garden beds.

THE ROSES ~ almost didn’t get my English Roses! G&G Nursery had a run on them over the weekend and there were only two Hansa’s left and a few David Austin Roses.

I bought a Weeks Roses Hansa ~ bred in 1905. Medium-tall/bushy round shrub that is suitable for growing in pots and hedges. Tolerant of poorer soils. Ornamental value of hips/large fruit. Very fragrant ~ spicy cloves. Large, full reddish-violet blooms. Very hardy and disease free.


In the ground ~ and a stock photo.

The Squire ~ a David Austin English Rose. The large double blooms of this rose are a deep rich dard red. The attractive strong fragrance of this wonderful cutting rose is a welcome addtion to your garden or bouquets. These roses are a wonderful combination of old world charm and new advancements in rose culture. They will help create a wonderful English Garden feel in your landscape and are excellent for bedding and hedges. Superb border plants.

They look great! Can’t wait for them to grow, grow, GROW! I did a jig out there on the lawn after mulching and watering! 😆

Now onto backyard ~ I decided to take the top boards off of the raised bed as it was just way too deep. My FIL came over yesterday morning and we whacked the crap out the top boards (5 nails each side into a treated 4×4 ~ OY!)…took us a while but we were able to pry them off. We then made a 6×6 box and a small 18″x18″ for a tomato box. We left a nice walk way in between the raised garden beds and will put DG around the beds. Now I have to call Oxborrow and order the double or triple mix of topsoil/grape compost/organic lite.

Now the beds are 5’x12’x1′ and 6’x6’x1′ ~ Soon to be planted ~ tomatoes, peppers, sugar peas, bush beans, potatoes, onions, garlic, corn, zucchini, yellow squash, pumpkin, lettuce. Near the corn I’m going to plant a couple of rhubarb plants and maybe some asparagus.