Let’s go to the garden !
We’ve been eating out of the cold frame all winter so it’s amazing to now have the garden all planted up and producing for us to eat fresh and also plan for fall and winter storage. We are in zone 6b on the very southwest tip of Nova Scotia. It can be hard sometimes on a cold, windy, damp island to get certain crops to survive.
But on we go. We do pretty well. My advice : look after your soil and just keep planting. Something will stick.
This year here’s what is growing :
garlic ( 4 varieties )
Peas ((Sabre, homesteader, sugarsnap, purple king tut)
Onions (red, yellow storage, welsh bunching )
Beets (Detroit red, golden, chioggia)
Carrots (rainbow, Nantes, bolero, short and sweet)
Potatoes (fingerling, Norland, Yukon , russet)
Beans (fava, gold rush, Lewis, jade, dragons tongue)
Cherry Tomatoes (Acadia, purple bumblebee, yellow pear)
Tomatoes (Scotia, Manitoba, buckeye, Amish, Italian, San marzano, black beauty , lemon boy )
Sweet Peppers (purple, California wonder)
Hot pepper (jalepeno)
Basil ( leaf)
Summer Squash (golden, yellow, zucchini )
Winter Squash (blue Hubbard, acorn, futsi, buttercup)
Cucumbers (marketmore, straighteight)
Cabbage (Copenhagen, red , savoy)
Turnips (Tokyo, purple prince, golden ball)
Corn (experimental )
Sweet Potato (experimental)
Apples, Pears, Quince
Cold frame :
1st planting :lettuce, spinach, kale , carrots
2nd planting :Cantelope
3rd planting : transplants sown in august from greenhouse
Green house :
Tomatoes , and peppers
Second planting :
Fall starts of lettuce, spinach and kale, carrots, parsnips and cabbage
Despite all the trials, I find it helpful to remind myself there is no “plan b. “ The garden is work. If something doesn’t grow well and we do love it, we will buy from another farmer but this is a last resort.
We just keep planting.
Love Jenn xx