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Gardening Round One is Done.

It’s the second warm season planting season. If you’re like me, you planted a gamble garden and you’re on your way to a late June/early July crop of homegrown tomatoes. Hopefully I’ll be harvesting tomatoes, cukes, squash, peppers in a few short weeks. My spring lettuce crop was exceptional, cole crops (broccoli, cabbage) were pretty good as well. Radishes and asparagus did great, and with the warmer weather we’ve been having, the cool season crops are done. They bolt, which means they go to seed at the end of their plant life cycle. It’s time to move on.

As you can see, the plants are sending up flower stalks, the broccoli has been pulled and is headed for the compost pile. What goes in next? I’m planting more tomatoes, they’ll be ready later this summer. Right around the time the first planting’s tire. Marty’s Acre has been given some trial tomato plants for 3 varieties that are being tested across the county for 2015 introduction. Big Brandy, Genuwine and Perfect Flame are new varieties crossing two heirloom varieties that will be much higher yielding and earlier maturing than their heirloom parents, with all the great flavor we love. We’ll report back, and if you’re lucky we’ll have samples at an upcoming meeting of Drinks on the Acre (DOTA).

Also going in the space of the cool season crops will be more squash, cukes and maybe some sweet potatoes.

I hope your Acre is doing well, and as always…

Happy Gardening,
Marty Johnson