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So far this season

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I'm checking in see what everyone's growies are up to so far this season and to make note for myself in future seasons. Here's an incomplete list of whats doing how around my place.

Doing well

Potatoes. Doing well, some are just begging to show out of the ground while others are around 8 inches up and almost ready for their first hiling

Corn - Doing surprisingly awesome. 4 to six inches tall already, I feel confident it will be past knee height come July

Nettles - Wow. What a year for nettles. Anyone in the PNW who isn't growing them (intentionally) really should consider it. It looks to me like I'll be harvesting 4-10 lbs of seed crop in the next 3-5 weeks. Then I'm going to go through and chop them all down to stubble and see if I can get another crop of them up for seed by september. I still have tons and tons and tons of nettles under 18 inches all the way down to little tiny sprouts. One 6 foot x 2.5 foot Hugel bed of mine which is poly cultured including nettles is producing more fresh nettle than I can eat by just pinching off the tops.

Mints, Balms, and Oreginos. All doing very well and spreading. I've been doing way lots of propagation by layering with them.

Kale - Some are doing better than others as the hard occasional rains have done a number on some of their seed beds. By far the best looking Kale is growing in a dense dense polyculture with nettles. I just recently plucked the nettle tops around them to give them some shade sun.

Rye. The winter rye I put in last November is nearly 6 foot tall now and has super heavy heads. The crimson clover with it has been in full flower and is almost mutant is size. Not enough Rye to make anything useful out of, so I'm going to save and replant the seeds.

Raspberries - I put in about 50 raspberries in about a dozen locations and they're all doing really well and sending up new canes. Slight tent caterpillar damage. The assorted blend of flowers I planted with them seem to be popping up quite well too.

Sunchokes - Planted in two locations with varying amounts of sun. Both doing well. The small westward facing section is 3 foot tall, while the shadyier south facing edge has a dozen or so at around 2 feet tall.

Chia and amaranth - still to early to call it out and out but I have little babies of these popping up EVERYWHERE they seem to be doing swimmingly

Valarien and Skullcap - Both seeming to really dig their new home

Hops - Two or Three varieties all cruising along in a major way

Speedwell - I've got so much veronica

Carrots - So far these guys are doing awesome. We'll see if the root sizes up

Radishes - Mixed bag but mostly doing well. Many have bolted and are in full flower


Medium Successes

Strawberries - These would be doing amazing if it weren't for the caterpillars. I've probably got 5 or 6 hundred of 4 or 5 types planted

Alliums - Doing alright. Haven't seen the heads bulbs start to size up yet, they may as the season progresses. Almost doing really well. Time shall tell

Romaine Lettuce - Just starting to come up, seems to be doing well fingers crossed that the slugs don't get it all

Florance Fennel - Ditto

Cabbages - I've got a bunch some are doing much better than other. These seem to be the slugs favorites.

Winter Peas - Doing pretty well but I don't know if I'll get a yield out of them

Basil - seems to be hacking it, which is a surprise for such an early planting

Tomatos and Peppers - Should be going in to the ground next week

Squash - These were really frustrating for me. I babied them so much and they where doing awesome. I transplanted them and they made it and where starting to look really really nice. Then the goddamn geese decided they needed to die. So I've replanted and actually put up netting around them, But I had to use the 'seconds' rather than the awesome ones and I feel like I've lost a month. This was damn near a heartbreak. I really really want awesome squash.

Mustards and Arugalas - Doing alright. Not great. But alright. I've got quite the variety of them going.


Dismal Failures

Beans - The birds love them too much. They will break down damn near anything to get to the sprouts. The ones that made it are doing awesome, but I probably lost 2 pounds of seed to the chickens, ducks, and geese.

Apple trees - My seedling are actually doing really really well - but my full trees are totally eaten by caterpillars

Celery - I may just not being seeing them yet, but I'm thinking the celery I seeded isn't going to do much for me. I may try and squeeze in another planting

Chard - Slugs love it. Ducks Love it. I have a few here and there but I washed through 5 or 6 dollars worth of seed to get it. Grumble.

Indian Tobacco - Again too early to really tell, but I think that the tobacco I seeded isn't taking. I may try again, but those damn tiny seeds are tricky. Especially when we're getting downpours more often then misty rains

Alright well its an incomplete list but I'm tired of typing. I think I hit most of my biggies. I'll return to this thread as warranted I'm sure. What do y'all have going on in your spots?
Landon Sunrich
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Oh! and my Wasabi experiment is going well! It's almost a foot tall!
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I'll tack on some of my results here, I hope that's all right. Pretty much my entire property is zone 0/1, so that should give you some scale.

Doing well:

Snap peas: I got quite a lot of these in the ground early and they've not disappointed, pumping all kinds of pods out ready to eat.

Apples and pears: None of my trees have had as much fruit on them as the least of these do this year. It could still all go very south, but I'm hopeful.

Spinach, romaine, borage, nasturtium: I have these spaced out in a very similar area and they are all coming along quite nicely. A little bug eaten, but seem to be fending off the onslaught.

Sunflowers: my germination rate was hit and miss, but the stuff that made it out of the ground is shooting to the sky.

Broccoli and cauliflower: I have no idea what I'm doing with these, but last year they were infested with aphids and this year they are super clean.

Onions, garlic, mint, oregano, basil, thyme, lavender, licorice, hops are all continuing strong from planting last summer.

Quinoa and corn seem to be on a similar trajectory. Amaranth is a little behind.

Blueberries and plum: I have these in a guild. I'm not so sure this is a good thing. The plum bore no fruit even though it's about 12 ft high and across, and the blueberries have just been struggling along for years without much growth.

Pumpkins, cucumber, watermelon. I don't remember which of these I put where :facepalm:. All the direct seeds are doing ok, but I don't really know what to expect yet. I tried doing starts and transplanting, but failed miserably.

Artichoke: Most didn't survive, those that did will probably do well.

Huckleberry, wintergreen, lingonberry. They're under my spruce. They get plenty of water and decent morning and afternoon sun. They're actively not dying. I'm just about ready to cut that spruce down.


Asparagus, stevia, tomatoes, alpine strawberries, bunchberry. They're all new, and not really growing at all :(.
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