Welcome to South Eastern Louisiana!
I have decided to put up some pictures of my garden as it has progressed. It is the very first thing that I worked to establish this first year living on our homestead in Bush, Louisiana. We purchased the property March of 2013 and I immediately started putting the rogue hoe to use. We have learned an incredible amount about annual gardening with a permaculture bent and here are some pictures that show the transition throughout most of the “varied” seasons of Louisiana (Early Summer, Summer, More Summer, and Late Summer).
Here are the very first beds! Looking back wow so much has changed.
This is a horrible way to do tomatoes (two end poles with twine strung horizontally and tying up each plant as they grow). While I can’t say that it didn’t work, it was a monumental pain in the butt to maintain and continue to stake up. Never again…..
We built some more beds and put in better paths and water flow systems. Looking back, man it was so incredibly tight and clean. We hadn’t hit the real growing season where everything turns into a jungle. (Summer Summer).
You can see some major major changes to the garden by early August. We took out most of the tomatoes, and I removed every single squash related plant in the entire garden. Those darn squash bugs ruined a good thing. However, by this point the peppers really started coming through. We would just pull tons and tons of peppers off. The best of which were the sweet peppers. Also note the absence of the corn from May. It was delicious. Very delicious.
I also finally got in quite a bit of cover crops to use and had planted the sweet potato bed with buckwheat. I personally think I let the buckwheat stay there too long and it held the sweet potato at bay for awhile, but once it was removed man, the taters took off!
The Garden Today (September 25th, 2013)
Here is a volunteer “zucchini green/yellow squash”. Its obviously a mix between a zucchini and a yellow squash. Tasted good enough for me. This bed is becoming established with my current cover crop mixture. To the bottom right is Swiss chard.
I am REALLY digging this cover crop mixture. It does so well. Cowpea has officially become my favorite Southern Loozianan Crop. Where everything else has failed, this guy has succeeded. This isn’t the particular variety we have been eating but I suspect its putting some good nitrogen into this soil. I also have daikon and some buckwheat in there.
Until next time!