1. Join Home Gardening Forum

WR's 2018 Spring Garden

Discussion in 'Fruit and Vegetables' started by w_r_ranch, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    The seeds have all been ordered. The basil, peppers & tomatoes will be started around 02/01/18.

    2018_Spring_Garden_Plan.jpg


    2018_Spring_Garden_Lineup.jpg
     
  2. ksk

    ksk Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2014
    Messages:
    291
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Looking good Ranch. I plan on building more planter boxes in late January.My goals for this Spring is to plant less but grow more. I plan on watching my spacing between plants.After last Spring/Summer I know what we and relatives ate the most.I plan on planting more corn,potatoes and beans.Less jalapenos,egg plant,tomatoes,and bell peppers.I do want to plant tomatillos where as I can try making salsa verde using your recipe.
     
    w_r_ranch likes this.
  3. ksk

    ksk Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2014
    Messages:
    291
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Ranch,which ones do you start in your green house?
     
    w_r_ranch likes this.
  4. RLwhaler

    RLwhaler Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2015
    Messages:
    270
    Location:
    Cypress,Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Talk about planning ahead, Ranch ! I'am going to attempt some asparagus this year. Looking good as always Ranch !
     
    w_r_ranch likes this.
  5. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Just the basil, peppers, tomatoes & the flowers this year (if I was growing eggplant, they would also be in there also). Everything else is direct seeded mid-March & the melons in mid-April.

    Note the leeks are 'starts' (like onion sets & will be planted upon arrival.
     
    RLwhaler, whistech and ksk like this.
  6. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Here's the update:

    I started the jalapenos peppers, green peppers, 'Heatmaster' tomatoes, 'HealthKick' tomatoes & basil this weekend. I also started the flowers (angel trumpets, anemones, & marigolds). After watering them all in, I put the the trays of starter pots in the greenhouse to germinate. The thermostat is now reset to 75 degrees.

    I have received the leek starts & will plant them tomorrow.

    The Red Pontiac potatoes I picked up last week are chitting out nicely & already have quarter inch buds. These will be prepped & planted in about 10-12 days.

    Onions are doing OK in spite of the 2 bouts of extreme cold.

    I cleaned, fertilized & mulched the asparagus bed about a couple of weeks ago... just in the nick of time, as the are now up. I anticipate that we'll have enough to go with our supper in a couple of days.

    Other that that, I'm just cleaning up & forming the garden rows. Spring is in the air!!!
     
    RLwhaler likes this.
  7. Waite

    Waite Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2018
    Messages:
    216
    Location:
    SE Michigan
    Planting Zone:
    6A
    How much area do you reckon in square feet?
     
  8. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    The main garden is 50' X 80' (so 4000 sq. ft.)

    The dedicated asparagus bed is 4' X 25' (so 100 sq. ft.)
     
  9. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Divided the seed potatoes, applied the powdered sulfur to them & set them up high (out of Dieter's reach) to scab over. Weather permitting, I'll plant them tomorrow.
     
    RLwhaler, whistech and ksk like this.
  10. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    It was drizzling yesterday so I planted the potatoes this morning, then fertilized them (13-13-13) ahead of the forecast cool front. perfect timing too as there's no moon, LOL!!! All the root crops are now in.

    Another week or so, & I'll plant the peas.
     
    whistech and ksk like this.
  11. ksk

    ksk Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2014
    Messages:
    291
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Ranch are the peas from the green house or seed? Hopefully I can plant the potatoes in the next few days.
     
  12. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    The peas will be direct planted.
     
  13. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Harvested more asparagus. I plan to make a Barley Asparagus Risotto for a special supper tonight for my bride.

    Asparagus_021718.jpg

    Barley_Risotto.jpg


     
    #13 w_r_ranch, Feb 17, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2018
    RLwhaler, ksk and whistech like this.
  14. Waite

    Waite Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2018
    Messages:
    216
    Location:
    SE Michigan
    Planting Zone:
    6A
    Man, that looks great.
     
    w_r_ranch likes this.
  15. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Just a quick update... Today I planted radishes & cilantro.

    Also, we've had a very good crop of asparagus & have been processing/vacuum packing/freezing it. Many of the spears are 3/4" across!!!

    The potatoes, leeks & onions are also doing well thus far.

    Potatoes_030618.jpg

    Leeks_030618.jpg

    Onions_030618.jpg
     
    RLwhaler, whistech and ksk like this.
  16. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Well I've been harvesting asparagus for 5 weeks now & today I harvested what I believe is enough to last us until next spring (we now have 21 one lb. vacuum-packed bags in the freezer), so now it can just grow. This was by far the most productive year since I planted it 3 yrs ago.

    Asparagus_031518.jpg
     
    wolffman, RLwhaler, ksk and 2 others like this.
  17. Waite

    Waite Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2018
    Messages:
    216
    Location:
    SE Michigan
    Planting Zone:
    6A
    Looking good. I am hoping to pick up my crowns soon. The local carries Jersey Giant, which seems to be the norm around here.
     
    RLwhaler and w_r_ranch like this.
  18. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Planted 90' of green beans. Then watered the entire garden.
     
    RLwhaler, whistech and ksk like this.
  19. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Planted the remaining soybeans & tomatoes, then did the Italian basil between the tomato plants.
     
    RLwhaler and ksk like this.
  20. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Here's the monthly update:

    We've been pretty busy here... I still have to finish the mulching, but the main part of the garden is complete & both the cantaloupe & watermelon are now up. I need to replant more radish as we have eaten the first planting.

    Garden_042718.jpg

    The cilantro is just starting to take off.

    Cilantro_042718.jpg

    The green beans are doing well & have started climbing the trellis.

    Green_Beans_042718.jpg

    Both the green peppers & the jalapenos are behind in their normal growth due to the cooler temps this spring.On the plus side, the marigolds are doing great.

    Green_Peppers_042718.jpg

    Jalapenos_042718.jpg

    The leeks are really putting on. We've never grown them before but after sampling 4 of them with a steak dinner earlier this week, we will definitely plant them again.

    The onions were looking good a week ago, but now they're starting to look like they are close to finishing... No 'lunkers' this year I'm sorry to say.

    Leeks_042718.jpg

    Onions_042718.jpg


    Both the Lima beans & the soybeans suffered a setback about 2 weeks ago due to couple of cold fronts accompanied by 30 MPH winds (their leaves all had windburn).

    Lima_Beans_042718.jpg

    Soybeans_042718.jpg

    The potatoes appear to be doing well... The tops are full & bug free so I'm hopeful that the tubers will be good as well.

    Potatoes_042718.jpg

    Continued...
     
    #20 w_r_ranch, Apr 27, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2018
    ksk and RLwhaler like this.
  21. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Like the Lima beans, the spaghetti squash & the cucumbers also suffered some wind damage... but they are bouncing back nicely.

    Squash_Cukes_042718.jpg

    The tomatoes are a little behind due to the cooler nighttime temps... They will be happier when we start getting 70 degree nights.

    Tomatoes_042718.jpg

    And lastly, the peas... They look healthy & are just starting to climb the trellis. We've never grown them here, so we're not sure what to expect.

    Peas_042718.jpg
     
    wolffman, RLwhaler, ksk and 1 other person like this.
  22. RLwhaler

    RLwhaler Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2015
    Messages:
    270
    Location:
    Cypress,Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Immaculate as always, Ranch !!
     
    w_r_ranch likes this.
  23. whistech

    whistech Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2013
    Messages:
    289
    Location:
    Spring, Texas
    Planting Zone:
    9a
    Absolutely stunning and beautiful Mr. Ranch! Those potatoes sure look great.
     
    w_r_ranch likes this.
  24. ksk

    ksk Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2014
    Messages:
    291
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Outstanding !
     
    w_r_ranch likes this.
  25. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3,658
    Location:
    South Central Texas
    Planting Zone:
    8b
    Harvested the onions (since they have started falling over) & laid them out on the tables in the party barn to cure. Then re-mulched the row so its ready for the fall planting. Some decent sized ones, but no lunkers to brag about...

    Onions_Curing_050518.jpg
     

Share This Page