Cliff's 2018 Garden Blog

Marilyn and Cliff have gardens at home (H) and in New Russia, NY (NR) and also a triple plot in the Lafayette College Community Organic Garden (OG). They enjoyed sizable organic gardens in the 80s and have kept small gardens annually but appreciate the fun and good food the Lafayette OG and NR plots provide. [Lafayette Organic Gardening] [Cliff's 2017 Garden Blog] [Cliff's 2016 Garden Blog] [Cliff's 2015 Garden Blog] [Cliff's 2014 Garden Blog] [Cliff's 2013 Garden Blog] [Cliff's 2012 Garden Blog] [Cliff's

June 18

Harvested strawberries, peas and first indigo tomatoes & raspberries at OG. Watered.

June 17

Harvested strawberries and asparagus. Sprayed neem on currants and columar apples. Picked pests. Froze strawberries.

June 16

Harvested kale. Weeded, watered & mulched. Picked pests. Thinned apples and plums. Cut out tent caterpillers. Put down landscape fabric in barn garden.

June 15

Harvested asparagus and strawberries. Weeded, watered & mulched. transplanted basil and parsley. Planted beets, pinto and white beans. Picked pests. Froze strawberries.

June 14

Watered new asparagus crowns et al. Weeded & mulched. Replaced some landscape fabric. Hand pucked rose chafers and potato beetles. 2011 Garden Blog

June 14

Watered new asparagus crowns et al. Weeded & mulched. Replaced some landscape fabric.

June 13

Harvested strawberries, snap peas, and swiss chard in OG. Planted asparagus crowns in NR.

June 12

Weeded at H. Transplanted parsley. Pruned tomatoes, grapes and raspberries at OG. Harvested radishes. Froze basil.

June 11

Sprayed nematodes at H. Thinned and OFM trimmed peaches. Sprayed BT at OG. Harvested kale, strawberries and basil. Planted dry pole beans in 3 sister portion. Weeded & mulched. Started fall cole crops (3 ea), caulifower (graffiti, snow, panther, flame, broccoli: Green magic, arcadia.

June 10

Harvested asparagus in NR. Hand picked potato beetles. Watered. Sprayed neem on currants and columar apples, BT on cole crops.

June 9

Harvested kale, rhubarb, asparagus and a couple strawberries in NR. Mulched & weeded. Froze rhubarb, kale and asparagus. Hand picked potato beetles.

June 8

Transplanted late broccoli and cauliflower in NR. Put down landscape fabric. Tended blueberries cuttings. Harvested a bit of kale and first NR strawberry. Harvested strawberries in OG.

June 7

Watered, weeded, mulched at OG. Planted a row of carrots and beets.

June 6

Watered, weeded, mulched at OG. Filled in corn. Moved some summer squash.

June 5

Harvested spainach, kale and strawberries in OG. Watered, weeded, mulched. Froze kale, spinach and strawberries.

June 4

Weeded and watered in OG

June 3

Harvested asparagus in NR. Harvested ~9 pints of strawberries in OG and transplanted sweet potatoes. Thinned peaches and trimmed OFM damaged branches.

June 2

Harvested asparagus in NR.

June 1

Harvested asparagus in NR. Sprayed nematodes. Weeded, chipped and mulched. Harvested 9 pints of strawberries in OG.

May 31

Harvested asparagus in NR. Transplanted cucumbers and melons. Started cuttings from NR blueberries. Put down landscape fabric for apple tree bench and old blackberry bed. Planted Kakai pumpkins.

May 30

Harvested asparagus and kale in NR and 6.5 pints of strawberries at OG. Garden cleanup in NR.

May 29

Harvested spinach, kale, lettuce, strawberries in OG. Prepared 3 beds and put up cucumber trellises. Started SFP blueberry cuttings.

May 28

Harvested spinach and cilantro at H. Started basil for NR. Took rosemary cuttings.

May 27

Harvested spinach and asparagus in NR. Planted summer squash, cinnamon pumpkins, black beans and kidney beans. Weeded and watered.

May 26

Harvested asparagus in NR. Transplanted tomatoes. Planted pole beans. Weeded. Put up fencing. First attempt at removing blackberries.

May 25

Put down landscape fabric at OG. Harvested spinach, kale and rhubarb. Froze rhubarb.

May 24

Took up landscape fabric at OG and put some down.

May 23

Took up landscape fabric under tomatoes at OG.

May 21

Prepared bed at OG and planted summer squash. Harvested oregano. Put up more tomato cages at OG. Froze spinach. Drying basil and oregano

May 20

Prepared beds at OG. Redirevted grape branches blown off the trellises. Planted 10 beds of sweet corn. Harvested spinach (4.5 gal bags), kale, basil, beet greens from thinning, and basil. Weeded a bit too. Put up more tomato cages at OG and H.

May 19

Planted thyme at H.

May 18

Harvested asparagus. Planted Adirondack Red, Lehigh and Superior potatoes in NR

May 17

Froze spinach and asparagus. Hardening off tomatoes for NR.

May 16

Planted Molly Magic, Salem, Adirondack Red, Rose Apple Finn, and Yellow Russian banana potatoes in NR Harvested 4 beds of overwintered spinach (9 gal bags).

May 15

Transplanted painted daisy, marigold and lavender into bed by house in NR. Transpalnted 2 trays of cole crops. Harvested a bit more asparagus. Planted Red Maria potatoes.

May 14

Flame weeded at OG. Dug up painted daisies and washed roots bare. Harvested asparagus in NR and cut seed potato.

May 13

Transplanted cucumbers, cantelope and wateremlon. Started fall caulifower: grafitti (6), flame (6) and broccoli: green mountain (6) and acadia (6).

May 12

Transplanted thyme, margoram, chamomile, basil, eggplants and peppers. Weeded and broadforked 2 beds.

May 11

Finished preparing 4 beds and began covering them with landscape fabric.

May 10

Weeded in OG and broad forked 3 beds.

May 9

Weeded in OG and broad forked a bed. Put out eggplant, spices for OG and cole crops NR out for hardening off.

May 8

Transplanted 4 trays of tomatoes, 2 trays of cole crops and celery at OG. Started cucumbers (9), melons (10), and watermelon (6) seedlings for NR.

May 7

Harvested asparagus in NR.

May 6

Putting down landscape fabric around reliance peach in NR. Planted lettuce, beets and swiss chard. Harvested spinach in OG and NR.

May 5

Planted potatoes and 3 trays of cole seedlings.

May 4

Putting down landscape paths in NR. Preparing beds. Transplanted 2 trays of onion seedlings.

May 3

Weeded at OG. Watered later. Watered desperate plants at H. Cut seed potato for NR.

May 2

Watered at OG.

May 1

Repotted peppers for OG. Finished cutting 1 ft piece off weed barrier. Hardening off remaining OG tomatoes and celery.

April 30

Planted 4 tomatoes at H and 12 at OG. Brought eggplants back inside.

April 29

Garden cleanup in OG. Harvested spinach.

April 28

Bit of garden cleanup in NR. Transplanted a tray of cole crops in OG in gusty wind. Put up a makeshift windscreen.

April 27

Transplanted 2 trays of onions in NR. Planted peas. Moved 4 blueberry sprouts. Moved Rhubarb. Thinned and transplanted strawberries. Dug up 3 honeyberries and 3 currants. Starting chitting the seed potatoes.

April 26

Began hardening off more cole for NR. Weeded at OG and prepared a bed. Noted peas, lettuce, beets are starting to come up.

April 24

Weeded at OG and prepared a bed. Began hardening off broccoli and cauliflower for NR.

April 23

Began hardening off kale and cabbage. Started cantelope (15) watermelon (9) and cucumber (9) for OG.

April 22

Repotted early tomatoes. Began hardening off early tomatoes and eggplant.

April 21

Transplanted 3 trays of onions in OG. Weeded and watered. Harvested spinach.

April 20

Broad forked 2 beds in OG. Weeded. Repotted rosemary.

April 19

Broad forked 2 beds in OG. Weeded. Repotted a few herbs.

April 18

Repotted early tomatoes for Valhalla. Thinned 2 trays of cole crops for NR.

April 16

Repotted tray of early tomatoes.

April 15

Planted 2 rows of swiss chard at OG. Thinned 3 trays of NR cole crops.

April 14

Planted 2 rows of carrots at OG.

April 13

Uncovered spinach, garlic and crannebrries in NR. Put Praying mantis egg cases in NR. Sprayed Neem on fruit trees at H and cane berries in OG. Planted a row of beets at OG.

April 12

Took markers to OG.

April 11

Repottted last seedling tray of crops stunted by bad soil. Planted peas, lettuce and radishes in OG.

April 10

Repottted 1 seedling tray of crops stunted by bad soil. Finished preparing beds and trellises for peas in OG. Thinned onions for NR.

April 9

Repottted 1 seedling tray of crops stunted by bad soil. Worked on preparing beds and trellises for peas in OG.

April 8

Repottted 2 seedling trays of cole crops stunted by bad soil. Harvested spinach at OG and dug up old lovage plants.

April 6

Put up bean trellises in NR. Garden cleanup. Froze garlic.

April 5

Built compost bin in NR.

April 4

Started for OG: basil (18), purple basil (6) and H: thyme (12). Reseeded parsley starts. Thinned and divided tomatoes.

April 2

Started cole crops for NR, BS red ball (6), LI, (6), Catskill (6), cabbage: bruns (15), red (9), kale: siberian (6) starbor (6).

April 1

Cut off old asparagus plants in NR. Thinned and transplanted strawberries.

March 30

Transplanted small number of spinach plants at H. Started broccoli GM (18) and cauliflower: flame (6), graffiti (6) Snow (6) for NR.

March 28

Moved blueberry sprigs to potting soil (no roots in sight). Set sweet potato root in water. Thinned early tomatoes. Prepared bed in OG. Transplanted spinach and filled in spinach in OG.

March 24

Canned and froze the last 2017 potatoes!

March 23

Canned potatoes.

March 22

Started onions for NR: AC (72). Thinned cole seedlings.

March 21

Started onions for NR: Red (72).

March 19

Started eggplat for OG: Galine (12). Moved spinach to hardening box.

March 18

Started Tomatoes for OG: SH (18) Mountain Magic (6) and Lunchbox peppers: Red (5) Yellow (4)

March 16

Froze onions.

March 15

Froze lots of potatoes.

March 14

Froze lots of potatoes.

March 11

Cleanup at OG & mapped beds. Harvested a bit of over wintered spinach. Started OG cherry tomatoes: sungold (3), indigo (3) yellow (3) chocolate (1) white (1) tomatoberry (1), sweet 100 (2) baby boomer (1) and tomatoes: defiance (6).

March 7

Started celery (6), marjorim (6), chamomile(6), lavender (12), cumin (12), and marigold (12) for OG.

March 6

Cleanup in OG.

March 5

Started for OG: Brussel sprouts Red Ball (6) and Long Island (6) Celery (6)

March 4

Thinned onions and spinach. Started for OG: Cauliflower Flame (6) and Graffiti (6) Red cabbage (6) Green cabbage (6) kale Siberian (6) and Starbor (6).

February 28

Took pea trellises to OG. Cleanup and overwintered spinach transplanting to two beds.

February 27

Froze 2Bkd potatoes.

February 26

Sprayed Neemin OG and H. Froze 2Bkd potatoes.

February 24

Set out Praying Mantis egg cases in OG (9) and H (5).

February 21

Weeded in OG. Set up hardening off box at H.

February 17

Thinned strawberrries in OG.

February 16

Started GN spinach (72 OG) -- fill-in for over winter. Started onions for OG: AC (72), Red (36).

February 15

Thinned strawberries and transplanted some at OG. Started Goliath spinach (72 OG) -- fill-in for over winter.

February 14

Thinned strawberries and transplanted some at OG. Froze twice baked potatoes.

February 13

Fertilized perenials at H.

February 1

Pruned trees and blueberries at H and grapes at OG

January 27

Froze potatoes. Pruned in NR

January 26

Froze potatoes and pruned in NR. Fertilized most perenials (forgot the asparagus).

January 24

Pruned and garden cleanup at OG.

January 20

Froze potatoes. Pruned large fruit trees and sprayed neem in NR.

January 19

Froze potatoes and garlic.