Mountain Vegetable Garden, Salute to KathrynN

Discussion in 'Common Vegetables' started by disco, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    KathrynN recently posted one of her great threads on planting her vegetable garden. Link :

    It struck me that our vegetable gardens are like smoking. It takes patience, effort and care but results in great food.

    In salute to KathrynN who has been so supportive of this newbie and has given so much good advice and great recipes, I am posting pictures of my vegetable garden here at Passing Wind Estates. As we live in the mountains, it is mostly just going in now.

    The bed on the left is my two year old Haskap patch. I got a few berries last year and I am hoping for a few more this year. The bed on the right are tomato seedlings from the greenhouse behind. I just put them in today.

    As we may still have lower evening temperatures, I covered the bed with Remay cloth.

    Here is my two year old strawberry patch. If you live on a mountainside in BC, you have so many critters around, you have to cage your strawberries or you don't get any to eat.

    The next bed is my teepee for pole beans that I just planed. In front of that are 5 varieties of garlic that I put in last fall. I have become a bit of a garlic fanatic and find the different garlic varieties are better for different dishes. Don't get me started.

    The tires you see in this and other pictures will have zucchini and patty pan squash in them. It is just to early to put them out without protection. The next bed holds potatoes we planted about 2 weeks ago.

    I just planted bush beans in the next bed.

    The next bed has tomato plants under Cozy Coat protection and another row of potatoes.

    The next bed has annual flowers we just put in with walking onions at the end. I always do one bed  of flowers in the rotation of my vegetable garden.

    We have three 4 foot square beds. The first holds spinach and lettuce. We have already had a couple of salads. There are some green onions just coming up.

    The next bed has carrots that are just showing and our snow peas that are coming along well.

    The last bed are peppers and cucumber plants I just put out today. They have to go under cover as it is still chilly for them up here.

    I hadn't even looked at the gardening section of the forum until I saw KathrynN's post. I love the pictures and info here. This is a great forum!
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  2. Disco that is a great looking garden

    Happy smoken.

  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Disco, evening....  Looks like you grow hard neck garlic also....   [​IMG]  ....   We love it....    Your garden looks really good.....    

  4. Really nice garden Disco!

    You've got quite a variety going there.

    What you call a "cozy coat" is what we call "wall o water".

    Everything looks fantastic.  Nice photos!
  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     Thanks, David. I love food and it is better if you grow it yourself.
    Thanks, Dave. I grow 4 varieties of hard neck and one French style. The French style isn't as vigorous and has a less sharp taste but I prefer it for salad dressings. For cooking, you have to grow hard neck. Such a nice hot garlic taste.
    Thanks, JayBone. I love food from our garden. I'm surprised a California resident even knows about Wall o Water/Cozy Coats.

  6. Yeah, even with the long growing season that we have in the central valley some folks consider it a challenge to start their plants outside as early as possible to get a big jump on things.
  7. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Looks great!
  8. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Michael.
  9. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Very nice garden Disco, I envy you.  Not a chance of doing any thing like that here.  With the probability of frost in each of the summer months, anything sensitive to cold has to be on wheels so it can be brought in at night.  That being said, out neighbor one mile away can have tomatoes and sweet corn, as you know, that's life in the mountains.

  10. Fantastic looking garden! I, too, am battling the weather changes in the mountains. I've got peppers and tomatoes in pots and had to bring them in a few nights ago due to temps down to 32. 
  11. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    DISCO!  You have an amazing garden.  Loved the pictures....and looking at all the yummy things that are going to be in your house soon!  You will just have to show more pictures as things start growing more!

    Thank you so much for the Salute!  BUT....after seeing your deserve this!  [​IMG]

  12. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Fantastic looking garden my friend!

    Great pics - thank you for sharing this.

  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks,Tom. Yes, I know about the summer frost. The first year we moved here, there was snow at the beginning of August and I was running around with blankets. Still, I wouldn't live anywhere else.
    Thanks, SmokinHuser. The Cozy Coats work very well. This is the first year I tried them and the plants went through below freezing overnight just fine.
    Thanks, Kat. I am blushing. I will post as it greens up and again as I harvest. I just love food.
    Thanks, Bill.


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