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Garden update

It’s been awhile since we gave you all a garden update. Soon we will also write an update on the landscape and the flowerbed, but for now this is what we have going on in the veggie garden: Hace tiempo que no actualizamos a todos en como va la huerta. Pronto tambien haremos una actualizacion sobre las plantas y flores del jardin del frente. Asi que aqui va lo que ha pasado en la huerta: 
Bell peppers: The bell peppers that we kept in the house during the winter have quickly started to produce peppers for us as soon as we moved them outside. I have had to put cages and stakes to give them some support. In addition, we have planted two new bell pepper plants in the garden beds. Pimientos: Los pimientos que guardamos en la casa durante el invierno se han puesto a producir fruta rapidamente, apenas los pusimos afuera. Tuve que ponerles jaulas para ayudarlo a mantenerse rectos. Ademas agregamos 2 plantas mas que pusimos directamente en las jardineras. 
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Hot peppers: The Cayenne pepper was the first one to provide ripe fruit. The Thai Dragon pepper has been struggling a little; once my most prolific pepper, the plant seems to be having a hard time bearing fruit this year. We’ll see what happens. The Tabasco pepper is huge! After a very good pruning at the end of the winter, the plant has grown new leaves but no peppers yet. Ajies: El aji cayene fue le primero en darnos frutos maduros. El dragon tailandes ha tenido problemas. Antes era el que mas nos daba frutos, pero este ano esta con problemas. Veremos que pasa. El aji tabasco esta enorme! Despues de podarlo al final del invierno, la planta ha sacado nuevas hojas pero no frutos todavia.
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Asparagus: The plant broke dormancy and its growing spears. This is the second year of the plant so we have decided to not harvest it and let it get stronger. We will harvest next year. Esparrago: La planta desperto y comenzo a sacar lanzas. Este es el segundo ano de la planta asi que hemos decidido no cosecharla y dejarla crecer para que gane aun mas fuerza. La cosecharemos el proximo ano. 
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Corn: The corn is coming up! We have planted about 60 plants this year and we hope to have better luck than last year. So far, they look healthy. Choclo / Maiz: El choclo se viene! Sembramos 60 plantas y todas han brotado. Esperamos tener mas suerte que el ano pasado. Hasta ahora , todo se ve saludable. 
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Strawberries: We planted 26 plants, and 22 have made it. We already have a few strawberries growing. We are really excited to harvest some fresh fruit. Frutillas: Plantamos 26 plants y 22 sobrevivieron. Tenemos algunas frutas creciendo. Estamos con ganas de cosechar fruta fresca.
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Garlic: The garlic is an experiment. We had a clove sprouting in the kitchen and we planted it in good soil…its growing…so we will see. Ajo: El ajo es un experimento. Pusimos un diente que comenzo a crecer en la cocina en un macetero con buena tierra…esta creciendo…asi que veremos.
Sweet potatoes: We got 13 sweet potato plants. I made a little box just for them were they will have extra depth and will not affect the other plants. Sweet potatoes are vines they will stay in the box. We wont harvest them until the first frost, so we must be patient. Camote: Pusimos 13 plantas de camote. Construi una caja solo para ellas, asi podran tener mayor profundidad y no afectaran las demas plantas. Los camotes son enredaderas asi que se mantendran en la caja. No los cosecharemos hasta la primera helada, asi que debemos tener paciencia. 
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Tomatoes: We have 5 tomatoes, some hybrids and some heirlooms. So far they seem to like their place. They are growing, but it is still very early…they are all indeterminate so we hope to harvest throughout the season. Tomates: Tenemos 5 plantas, algunos hybridos y otros de herencia (sin modificaciones). Hasta ahora todos estan creciendo bien. Es temprano…todos son indeterminados asi que esperamos cosechar a lo largo de la temporada. 
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Spinach: The spinach was good to us; we harvested lots and had many good salads. The recent weather is getting too hot and they have bolted. By the end of the summer,  we will plant some more for the fall. Espinaca: La espinaca nos trato bien; cosechamos montones para comer ensaladas. El tiempo se ha puesto muy caluroso y se han puesto a sacar flor y no crecer hojas. El final del verano plantaremos mas para cosechar en el otono.
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Radishes: Radishes have been hit or miss for us. We still have some growing, but soon we will have to stop and wait for fall since they are a cool weather crop. Rabanos: Los rabanos son dificiles para nosotros, o le apuntamos seco o fallamos. Todavia tenemos algunos en la tierra creciendo, pero pronto tendremos que esperar porque son vegetales de tiempo fresco. 
Carrots: Carrots are looking awesome! Their foliage is big and in a couple of weeks we will be harvesting them – we are waiting on a few helpers to come to the house and give us a little hand with the carrots. Zanahorias: Las zanahorias se ven genial! El follage esta grande y en un par de semanas las cosecharemos – estamos esperando en unos cuantos ayudantes que vendran a casa para usar sus manitos par sacar zanahorias.
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Lettuce: We are growing loose-leaf lettuce. So delicious and very prolific, still growing strong. We are thinking about trying to grow some romaine in the fall. Lechuga: Estamos creciendo lechuga de hoja suelta. Muy deliciosa y abundante, todavia crece con fuerza. Estamos pensando en probar romaine en el otono.
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Beets: They are growing nicely. Their leaves are pretty with the red veins and stems. They are too small at this point so we just have to keep waiting to harvest. Beterragas: Estan creciendo bien. Las hojas tienen esas venas rojas que le dan color a la huerta. Son muy pequenas por ahora, asi que debemos seguir esperando para cosechar.
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Green beans: They were so fast to sprout and already have a couple of sets of leaves. They haven’t started climbing but that will happen soon without a doubt. Porotos verdes: No se demoraron nada en germinar y ya tienen varias hojas. Aun no comienzan a escalar pero empezaran pronto sin duda.
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Cucumber: We aren’t sure if the cucumbers will make it. The seedlings looked sad for a while, but now they are growing leaves and looking better. Last year I did not have good luck with cucumbers so I am hoping for a better year this time. Pepinos: No estabamos seguros si los pepinos crecerian. Los brotes se veian tristes, pero ahora estan creciendo hojas y se ven mejor. El ano pasado no tuvimos suerte con el pepino asi que esperamos tener un mejor ano esta vez.
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Zucchini: The little zucchinis are really cute. They now look like real plants! These little guys will be huge by the end of June, and hopefully they will grow many delicious zucchinis for us. Zapallo italiano: Los zapallitos son muy tiernos. Ahora se ven como plantas reales. En Junio estaran enormes, y ojala nos demos muchos zapallos!
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Nasturtium and marigolds: These two flowers are edible, but we are growing them because they attract beneficial bugs to the garden. Nasturtiums y Marigolds (flores): Estos dos tipo de flores son comestibles, pero las hemos sembrado por su capacidad de atraer insectos beneficiosos para la huerta. 
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Basil: We started some basil from seed, but they grow slowly. Since Leslie is really craving some pesto, we decided to also transplant 2 already grown plants to accelerate the process. If you haven’t made pesto with fresh basil…don’t do it! You will get addicted! Albahaca: Las comenzamos de semilla, pero crecen muy lentamente. Desde que Leslie esta con antojo de comer pesto, decidimos comprar 2 plantas ya grandes para acelerar el proceso. No han hecho pesto con albahaca fresca….no lo hagan! Se pondran adictos! 
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Raspberries: The canes broke dormancy, all 5 of them! New canes are growing and since raspberries can be invasive, they have their own little bed next to our fence. We won’t mind if they cover some of the fence. Frambuesas: Las canas despertaron, las 5! Nuevas canas estan creciendo y como las frambuesas pueden ser invasivas, tienen su propia jardinera al lado de la reja. No nos importa si cubren el cerco.
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Grapes: The vines are growing. We have 4 seedless vines, and 1 of them just broke dormancy (we were worried that it wouldn’t make it). The others are already trying to reach the first cable. This year, however, we wont see fruit. We will only work on training the vines and making sure they grow the way we want them. Again, patience, patience, patience… Uvas: Las vinas estan creciendo. Tenemos 4 vinas de uva verde sin pepa y una de ellas recien comenzo a brotar (estabamos preocupados de que no despertaria), Las otras ya estan casi alcanzando el primer cable. Este ano no veremos fruta. Solo estamos entrenando las vinas para que crezcan de la forma que queremos. De nuevo, paciencia, mucha paciencia.
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  1. What a fun post! We have been picking strawberries each morning for breakfast this week, which is rather magical! And we only planted 4 plants! You will have a feast! We have never had much succes growing basil from seed so we have been buying baby plants from the nursery. I look forward to your continued progress 🙂

    • Picking strawberries sounds nice! We just started this plants and are hoping to be able to pick some soon. We had 2 rippening but one we think got snatched by a bird…..oh those little guys! But we must be patient, the plants are here to stay for a while.
      We grew basil from transplant last year with great success. This year we are trying both. The seeds are very slow, but they are finally starting to look like real basil plants! PESTO TIME

  2. I love your garden! My spinach is up and I could harvest baby spinach now. The potatoes finally poked through. The peas are about 2 inches high. Rained like crazy for a few days and now snow. ugh…May 25. Nasty snow, wind, rain…cold – inside looking at your garden and appreciating it. Thanks for the beautiful photos to look at!

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