Ali's Nevada Garden. Getting an early start.
I received this post from Ali of Reno, NV. She has been traveling, so is just getting started on her garden: Started planting a few vegetables three weeks ago but nothing is sprouting enough to show photos. This week I am fertilizing my trees and flowers. Two more days to finish and then back to The vegetable garden. Will send pics as the season continues. Ali
Mid-February, 2017: Ali writes: Planted some seeds I saved from last year's harvest indoors in a very bright windows room. Here I go beginning of my 2017 garden...
Ali used egg cartons for planting some of her seeds. In 2 wells that she actually used egg shells. When she transplants, she can use a toothpick to put some holes into the egg shells, then plant the whole thing. Behind the egg carton tray, she has two larger planters. She put the containers into plastic tubs for easy watering and moving. Can spring be far behind?
April: Good Morning Dalene
Right now only the strawberries & garlic & rhubarb & Berries that over-wintered are showing well. Everything else are still just sprouting.
But I can send you a month by month set of photos. Will be planting peas & beans in the trellis planters in a few weeks.
Will take some pix of my cold-cases this afternoon & get those out to you. I also have an apricot, granny smith apple, santa rosa plum, nectarine, peach, & rainer cherry tree
can send pix of them flowering.
Bed 1: rutabega and turnips
Bed 2: peas, coriander/cilantro
Bed 3: carrots, parsley, Walla Walla onions
Lettuce and spinach, turnips and rutabaga did well but the onions have been attacked by either quail or a rabbit
With quail attacking baby plants, especially corn and melons,, bird netting is a must in Reno area.
Tomatoes and peppers are planted for half shade because our July and August gets too hot for them.
Squash and zucchini are just emerging ... the clay pots distribute water more evenly in the hills. Someone in my NO NV gardening group posted this a few months ago...where I got the idea. But since melons & squash & such are usually planted in hills. I adapted the idea for my garden.
Note from Dalene: This clay pot watering system in ingenious. Ali is right; this is a perfect system for those vegetable that are planted in hills.
Check out her cute little herb basket below, planted with sage and mint.
Peas before final harvest Planted April 1: Asparagus & Broccoli planted May 1 : First tomato of the season
Pole Beans & Peas in trellis Strawberries & Bush Beans in ground Elephant garlic day of harvest planted late fall
Tomato Plants Bush Peas & elephant garlic harvested
Sugar pumpkin patch from last years saved seeds planted May 1 Crookneck Squash planted from seed May 1
Expresso F1 corn patch Free pepper plants frome local StoneHouse Garden
2 yr old Victoria Rhubarb relocated this summer
2yr old overwintered strawberries Violet Podded pole beans from seeds May 1
The harvest from Ali's Nevada garden.
A garden photo as Today I am harvesting carrots & peas & some rutabagas & onions to make room for planting fall crops
Early October, 2016
Here in zone 7 Nevada I harvested, tore down the garden & started a new composted area to correct a 'low-spot' where water pools. Just 3 fairytale & kermit eggplants left that were under large cabbage leaves & didn't get killed by 3 nights of frost last week. And the asparagus,artichokes, rhubarb & strawberries overwintering
I covered my asparagus & artichoke & strawberries with juniper pine branches to overwinter. I see you brought your basil inside I know it probably won't make it here in Reno but I left all my herbs covered outside in the large half wine barrel they were planted in. Supposedly sage & rosemary & a few others will make it through.
I moved 32 wheelbarrows of dirt from the front of my property that was outside the fence & not being used to make melon & squash mounds for next spring. Then added compost & wild mustang manure & dry leaves. No rest for the wicked!
Eagerly awaiting 2017's Nevada Garden.
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