Just planted garden this past weekend in Jersey
We planted plants of: corn, cherry and beefsteak tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, pole beans, zucchini, cukes, celery, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. We planted seeds of carrots and radishes. Last year we had bushels of tomatoes and cukes but our favorite was absolutely the pole beans. There is nothing like fresh beans!
I still have to plant my herbs, thyme, lemon thyme, rosemary, tarragon, basil. My parsley overwintered just fine and my oregano patch is huge! I need to get out and harvest ths week. I will try to post a picture in the next few days.
Anyone else in NJ planting a veggie garden?
Looking good Jersey Girl. Also agree on the parsley. It's a biennial so this year it will go to seed. You can still use it until then.
My herb garden looks wonderful except I think I lost the Greek oregano and I don't see any evidence of self sown calendula. This year I have tons of an annual poppy sprouting everywhere.
Here is NH, Tyee spinach over-wintered beautifully without any kind of protection. Right now it is starting to bolt. We've been eating it sparingly before I was away for 11 days, but I came back to a lush row of it. Finished parsnips long ago and wish I had planted more. Will do, this year. Garlic looks great. I think it will be a few more weeks before we see the scapes corksrewing up. I check my notes and discovered I didn't do my garden plan. Not sure what I will plant where the garlic is since we harvest sometime in July (I think!).
My husband picked up my tomato and pepper order so the plants have been hardening off during the week. We are lucky to have a local backyard grower who takes orders and I only have to order one each of the plants I want. My husband also built me a light stand to use this winter so I did start a few things. Really good luck with some, none with others. I like to have lemon gem marigolds to put in the herb garden for color and I love the lemon fragrance. I guess my seed from last year is too old. I know I'll have a tough time finding these because they aren't a popular plant.
After being away, I'm looking forward to getting in the garden this weekend. Sugar snap peas are up about 2'. Things I seeded when it was so dry had poor germination. I didn't water enough. When will I learn???
My husband had to replace the garden fabric on the low tunnel since the high winds blew it across the yard and ruined it. Originally I planned to do an early planting of green bush beans but ran out of time. Now I will use it to protect summer squash from bugs. Later in the summer, I will put it over a late planting of bush beans. It gives just enough protection so the plants make it thru a light frost in mid-Sept and we can have beans.
Trying ground cherries this year. Tried some samples at the farmers market last year and thought they were tasty.
Love the see the seedlings of dill and borage from last year's plants!
Parsnips! Love them! Never tried growing them though. Delicious in chicken soup. What type of tomatoes are you growing? Any heirlooms?
Everyone is right, of course, the past few hot days the parsley has started to bolt. I will reseed soon. The garden is looking great, nothing has gone back so I have my fingers crossed our luck will hold out. We grew bush beans two years ago but switched to pole beans and never looked back.
I wish I could have chickens here but they are banned by the town zoning. My bro in law has them and gave us our first ever fresh eggs. What a revelation! Anyone have chickens?
I'm growing nothing but Celebrity Supreme tomatoes (not the same as Celebrity) this year. After lots of growing different varieties and lots of taste testing and comparing disease resistance, my favorite tomato is the Celebrity Supreme. I think it is the best of all worlds: exactly how a tomato should taste (in my opinion) but very disease resistant. The only downside that I can find with that tomato is the seeds are very, very hard to find and seedlings or plants are almost impossible to find.
I have never heard of it and I thought I heard of or read about every tomato in existence! Lol. I am lucky that I generally don't have alot of disease problems EXCEPT my cherry tomatoes. Tried Sweet Millions this year which is supposedly a pretty strong plant so we'll see. I am also growing original Celebrity, Rutgers, German's Johnson, and Black Krim. I like to try a couple different heirlooms each year. I have grown Mortgage Lifter, Amish Paste (blah) etc. also but the best tomato I have ever eaten is Brandywine. We are pretty limited on choices for started plants around here but I was too late to start from seed this year (totally regretting it!)
Well I'm on Long Island, close enough? and with all the tips I gathered here this winter, got my garden up and running this week too. First one in over 20 years, my husband used to be very successful with the square foot method so I leaned that way. I put in raised beds since I'm not sure how it will go yet. I made a loose compost pile back in the woods last fall but nothing much was happening, so bought a compost tumbler (which took me the better part of a month to assemble) and it already seems to be doing the trick.
Started from seed (Burpee this time around): Big Daddy tomatoes, Italian frying peppers, hot lemon peppers (a variety of jalpeno) and eggplant. Sowed from seed: Genovese basil, beets, radishes, string beans and cucumbers. I got the irrigation figured out so shouldn't be too much work from this point on.
On the porch as always, the herbs. Vietnamese Cilantro, lemon thyme, cinnamon thyme, pineapple sage, chocolate mint, banana mint, lemon balm, oregano and parsley. My parsley often overwinters just fine, but despite the warm weather this winter, didn't see any signs, probably because I think last year was a second crop. Or maybe because most of the herbs never really died off until a month or two ago. The only thing that came back (for the third or fourth time) is the catnip, can't kill that stuff.
It will be good to compare notes, right now you can barely see my little seedlings. Let's see where it's at around Fourth of July!
I put tomato plants in about a month ago. Planted herbs (basil, cilantro, parsley, sage, thyme, tarragon, dill) from seed then too. My rosemary and oregano survived the winter and my mint and lemon balm have come back.
2 weeks ago I put seeds in my garden for zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, eggplant, radishes, cauliflower, green peppers, hot peppers, Swiss chard, and canteloupe.
I will keep an eye on my parsley. I usually let it go in the fall and reseed whenever necessary. I just have it in a 10" pot near my front steps. I will plant basil but haven't gone to the garden center yet to get my plants, I just cleaned out my flower planters today so hopefully this weekend. I'm afraid my herb garden is just a window box with single plants of thyme, lemon thyme, rosemary and tarragon. I sometimes put boxwood basil and lavender in there too. Nothing great to see. However since we eat pizza every friday, I grow a huge patch of oregano and dry my own for use throughout the year. I have two pics to attach.
I am jealous of eggplant! It never grows for me. Also bell peppers, I have no luck at all. I would like to get some mint too.
My peonies, roses and mock orange are in full bloom, I wish I had more bees.
You may want to plan on replacing your parsley. Oftentimes, parsley will make it through the winter, however, early in the second year it will go to seed.
I have all the same herbs you planted in my herb garden (plus a few additional ones)! I'd love to see a picture of your herb garden as well as your vegetable garden!