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 June 17 June 16 June 15 June 14
June 18Harvested strawberries, peas and first indigo tomatoes & raspberries at OG. Watered.
June 17Harvested strawberries and asparagus. Sprayed neem on currants and columar apples. Picked pests. Froze strawberries.
June 16Harvested kale. Weeded, watered & mulched. Picked pests. Thinned apples and plums. Cut out tent caterpillers. Put down landscape fabric in barn garden.
June 15Harvested asparagus and strawberries. Weeded, watered & mulched. transplanted basil and parsley. Planted beets, pinto and white beans. Picked pests. Froze strawberries.
June 14Watered new asparagus crowns et al. Weeded & mulched. Replaced some landscape fabric. Hand pucked rose chafers and potato beetles. 2011 Garden Blog]
June 14Watered new asparagus crowns et al. Weeded & mulched. Replaced some landscape fabric.
June 13Harvested strawberries, snap peas, and swiss chard in OG. Planted asparagus crowns in NR.
June 12Weeded at H. Transplanted parsley. Pruned tomatoes, grapes and raspberries at OG. Harvested radishes. Froze basil.
June 11Sprayed 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 10Harvested asparagus in NR. Hand picked potato beetles. Watered. Sprayed neem on currants and columar apples, BT on cole crops.
June 9Harvested kale, rhubarb, asparagus and a couple strawberries in NR. Mulched & weeded. Froze rhubarb, kale and asparagus. Hand picked potato beetles.
June 8Transplanted 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 7Watered, weeded, mulched at OG. Planted a row of carrots and beets.
June 6Watered, weeded, mulched at OG. Filled in corn. Moved some summer squash.
June 5Harvested spainach, kale and strawberries in OG. Watered, weeded, mulched. Froze kale, spinach and strawberries.
June 4Weeded and watered in OG
June 3Harvested asparagus in NR. Harvested ~9 pints of strawberries in OG and transplanted sweet potatoes. Thinned peaches and trimmed OFM damaged branches.
June 2Harvested asparagus in NR.
June 1Harvested asparagus in NR. Sprayed nematodes. Weeded, chipped and mulched. Harvested 9 pints of strawberries in OG.
May 31Harvested 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 30Harvested asparagus and kale in NR and 6.5 pints of strawberries at OG. Garden cleanup in NR.
May 29Harvested spinach, kale, lettuce, strawberries in OG. Prepared 3 beds and put up cucumber trellises. Started SFP blueberry cuttings.
May 28Harvested spinach and cilantro at H. Started basil for NR. Took rosemary cuttings.
May 27Harvested spinach and asparagus in NR. Planted summer squash, cinnamon pumpkins, black beans and kidney beans. Weeded and watered.
May 26Harvested asparagus in NR. Transplanted tomatoes. Planted pole beans. Weeded. Put up fencing. First attempt at removing blackberries.
May 25Put down landscape fabric at OG. Harvested spinach, kale and rhubarb. Froze rhubarb.
May 24Took up landscape fabric at OG and put some down.
May 23Took up landscape fabric under tomatoes at OG.
May 21Prepared bed at OG and planted summer squash. Harvested oregano. Put up more tomato cages at OG. Froze spinach. Drying basil and oregano
May 20Prepared 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 19Planted thyme at H.
May 18Harvested asparagus. Planted Adirondack Red, Lehigh and Superior potatoes in NR
May 17Froze spinach and asparagus. Hardening off tomatoes for NR.
May 16Planted 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 15Transplanted 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 14Flame weeded at OG. Dug up painted daisies and washed roots bare. Harvested asparagus in NR and cut seed potato.
May 13Transplanted cucumbers, cantelope and wateremlon. Started fall caulifower: grafitti (6), flame (6) and broccoli: green mountain (6) and acadia (6).
May 12Transplanted thyme, margoram, chamomile, basil, eggplants and peppers. Weeded and broadforked 2 beds.
May 11Finished preparing 4 beds and began covering them with landscape fabric.
May 10Weeded in OG and broad forked 3 beds.
May 9Weeded in OG and broad forked a bed. Put out eggplant, spices for OG and cole crops NR out for hardening off.
May 8Transplanted 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 7Harvested asparagus in NR.
May 6Putting down landscape fabric around reliance peach in NR. Planted lettuce, beets and swiss chard. Harvested spinach in OG and NR.
May 5Planted potatoes and 3 trays of cole seedlings.
May 4Putting down landscape paths in NR. Preparing beds. Transplanted 2 trays of onion seedlings.
May 3Weeded at OG. Watered later. Watered desperate plants at H. Cut seed potato for NR.
May 2Watered at OG.
May 1Repotted peppers for OG. Finished cutting 1 ft piece off weed barrier. Hardening off remaining OG tomatoes and celery.
April 30Planted 4 tomatoes at H and 12 at OG. Brought eggplants back inside.
April 29Garden cleanup in OG. Harvested spinach.
April 28Bit of garden cleanup in NR. Transplanted a tray of cole crops in OG in gusty wind. Put up a makeshift windscreen.
April 27Transplanted 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 26Began hardening off more cole for NR. Weeded at OG and prepared a bed. Noted peas, lettuce, beets are starting to come up.
April 24Weeded at OG and prepared a bed. Began hardening off broccoli and cauliflower for NR.
April 23Began hardening off kale and cabbage. Started cantelope (15) watermelon (9) and cucumber (9) for OG.
April 22Repotted early tomatoes. Began hardening off early tomatoes and eggplant.
April 21Transplanted 3 trays of onions in OG. Weeded and watered. Harvested spinach.
April 20Broad forked 2 beds in OG. Weeded. Repotted rosemary.
April 19Broad forked 2 beds in OG. Weeded. Repotted a few herbs.
April 18Repotted early tomatoes for Valhalla. Thinned 2 trays of cole crops for NR.
April 16Repotted tray of early tomatoes.
April 15Planted 2 rows of swiss chard at OG. Thinned 3 trays of NR cole crops.
April 14Planted 2 rows of carrots at OG.
April 13Uncovered 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 12Took markers to OG.
April 11Repottted last seedling tray of crops stunted by bad soil. Planted peas, lettuce and radishes in OG.
April 10Repottted 1 seedling tray of crops stunted by bad soil. Finished preparing beds and trellises for peas in OG. Thinned onions for NR.
April 9Repottted 1 seedling tray of crops stunted by bad soil. Worked on preparing beds and trellises for peas in OG.
April 8Repottted 2 seedling trays of cole crops stunted by bad soil. Harvested spinach at OG and dug up old lovage plants.
April 6Put up bean trellises in NR. Garden cleanup. Froze garlic.
April 5Built compost bin in NR.
April 4Started for OG: basil (18), purple basil (6) and H: thyme (12). Reseeded parsley starts. Thinned and divided tomatoes.
April 2Started cole crops for NR, BS red ball (6), LI, (6), Catskill (6), cabbage: bruns (15), red (9), kale: siberian (6) starbor (6).
April 1Cut off old asparagus plants in NR. Thinned and transplanted strawberries.
March 30Transplanted small number of spinach plants at H. Started broccoli GM (18) and cauliflower: flame (6), graffiti (6) Snow (6) for NR.
March 28Moved 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 24Canned and froze the last 2017 potatoes!
March 23Canned potatoes.
March 22Started onions for NR: AC (72). Thinned cole seedlings.
March 21Started onions for NR: Red (72).
March 19Started eggplat for OG: Galine (12). Moved spinach to hardening box.
March 18Started Tomatoes for OG: SH (18) Mountain Magic (6) and Lunchbox peppers: Red (5) Yellow (4)
March 16Froze onions.
March 15Froze lots of potatoes.
March 14Froze lots of potatoes.
March 11Cleanup 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 7Started celery (6), marjorim (6), chamomile(6), lavender (12), cumin (12), and marigold (12) for OG.
March 6Cleanup in OG.
March 5Started for OG: Brussel sprouts Red Ball (6) and Long Island (6) Celery (6)
March 4Thinned 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 28Took pea trellises to OG. Cleanup and overwintered spinach transplanting to two beds.
February 27Froze 2Bkd potatoes.
February 26Sprayed Neemin OG and H. Froze 2Bkd potatoes.
February 24Set out Praying Mantis egg cases in OG (9) and H (5).
February 21Weeded in OG. Set up hardening off box at H.
February 17Thinned strawberrries in OG.
February 16Started GN spinach (72 OG) -- fill-in for over winter. Started onions for OG: AC (72), Red (36).
February 15Thinned strawberries and transplanted some at OG. Started Goliath spinach (72 OG) -- fill-in for over winter.
February 14Thinned strawberries and transplanted some at OG. Froze twice baked potatoes.
February 13Fertilized perenials at H.
February 1Pruned trees and blueberries at H and grapes at OG
January 27Froze potatoes. Pruned in NR
January 26Froze potatoes and pruned in NR. Fertilized most perenials (forgot the asparagus).
January 24Pruned and garden cleanup at OG.
January 20Froze potatoes. Pruned large fruit trees and sprayed neem in NR.
January 19Froze potatoes and garlic.