Ms Robin's Garden

  (Caneyville, Kentucky)
Happenings on the Hilltop
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Fairly dangerous

I've decided I could be fairly dangerous given the right circumstances. I really try to think rationally and plan accordingly, and I always have the best intentions. But sometimes, well...I just get carried away. Must be something to do with my astrological sign. There's just no other explanation for it.
I want a greenhouse. Not a little backyard greenhouse, like I have now, but a big ol' farm size hoop house. Of course, it has to have heat, so that I can grow things all winter. Lots of shelves, too, for all the plants, plus all the potting supplies. And a little table and a couple of chairs, so I can sit and admire my handiwork, or discuss the virtues of gardening with a friend. Yep, I want a real greenhouse! But I have my trusty little 10' x 10' greenhouse for now and it is serving me well. Although, I will soon be running out of room in there. Might even have to remove my chair.
After the little bit of rain last night, and the rain off and on all day, it was too muddy to work outside today. So I spent the better part of the day potting up little seedlings to the next size pot. I have lost count of how many tomatoes and peppers are now in individual pots. It sure didn't look like many when they were itty bitty in the seed trays. Suffice it to say, I don't think there is going to be a shortage of either here. The 30 or so bell peppers previously potted up are doing fantastic. I expect to see a bloom or two any day now. There's 30 additional little tomato plants that are about ready to be potted up again. The tomatoes that were moved to the greenhouse a couple of days ago are sure enjoying the extra light. We even have some blooms starting on a couple of the Cherry Tomatoes! The winter sown herbs have been divided and put into pots. They smell absolutely wonderful! I have close to 50 Artichoke plants, looking quite content, sitting on my office table. Half of the seed potatoes I bought a few weeks ago have been quartered and are laid out to cure on a 5' section of my kitchen counter.
Yes, sometimes I get carried away...but we'll have plenty of fresh produce for our CSA shares! 

Beans, Peas & Peppers

We'll have several peppers available this summer. The sweet peppers include the following bells: California Wonder (green, turns to red), Big Red, Chardonnay (yellow), Purple Beauty, Orange Sun, Diamond (pale yellowish-green), Gator Belle (green) and Quadrato D'Asti Giallo (yellow). The two other sweet peppers are Pimento (the same red pimento used in stuffed olives and pimento cheese) and Cherveno Chushka (a Bulgarian Heirloom, traditionally used for roasting). The hot peppers include Jalapeno, Cayenne, Hungarian Hot Yellow Wax (turns to red at maturity) and an Anaheim pepper Big Jim (perfect to use for Chile Rellenos). We might add a few more peppers, if we run across anything interesting. I'm thinking we probably need a couple of salad peppers. 
We have a few bean varieties now, but again, I may add a couple of more. We have 2 string beans: Contender Green Beans (stringless pod) and Yellow Wax Beans. The shell beans include: Henderson's Lima beans (aka butter beans), Speckled Calico Lima Beans and Cranberry Beans (slightly nutty flavor). Although these shelling beans are pretty tasty, we'll probably only include them 3 or 4 times over the summer and you will need to shell them. It's easy to do, but we just won't have time to shell enough beans for our entire membership. Kids enjoy doing it... at least the first time or two.
As with the shelling beans, peas are quite time consuming to shell. For that reason, we will only be growing Pinkeye Field Peas (similar to Blackeyed Peas, but tastier) and Sugar Snap Peas (with the edible pods). If you aren't interested in the Pinkeyes, no problem, as we are growing them not only to eat, but also to enrich the soil. The Sugar Snap Peas are wonderful in many dishes, or sauteed as a side dish. They are used in a lot of oriental dishes.
These are the peppers, beans and peas we'll definitely be planting, but as I said, we may add a few more, if I hear of anything that I think would be a welcome addition. Anticipated planting dates in the garden are April 1st for the peas and April 15th for the beans. I started the bell peppers two weeks ago and those seedlings are doing great. I'll start the rest of the sweet peppers and the hot peppers tomorrow.
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