Still from the second garden cam. Notice the raspberries in the foreground. You can also see the second cold frame and the apple tree just behind it.

Here’s a look at what’s going on with Garden Cam 2. You can read Part I here.

You can see parts of the 3 rows on this camera. The second raspberry plot is at the bottom of the frame. The raspberry canes are about 2 feet high now. The semi-dwarf Honeycrisp apple tree is toward the corner of the hedge at the top of the frame, opposite the Jonathan tree you can see on Cam 1.

The Honeycrisp tree blossomed beautifully but the Jonathan blossomed early and now it looks like it might not yield fruit. This is the second season for both trees. Last year the Jonathan didn’t bear fruit but the Honeycrisp did, although many of the apples were damaged by worms.

As an organic gardener I refuse to use any unnatural chemicals on the property and I am challenged by the many critters that want me to share apples with them. If the worm tea spray doesn’t work I’ve got a few more ideas that might do the trick. If nothing works this season then the apples become food for the worms which, although depriving me of a tasty treat, will contribute to the larger cycle of nature.

We’ve got all the paths covered with salvaged silt fence now. We expect to get a bunch of free wood chips soon to cover the silt fence. And finish cultivating the beds, and get the transplants in, and get trellis’s up for beans and tomatoes, and so on.

I moved my second cold frame and put most of the remaining plants that were started indoors into it. You can see that this second one doesn’t have a top on it. Temperatures are probably high enough that the plants will do well without the tops but if they start looking sad I’ll put the tops on.

I’ve ordered rock phosphate and greensand a little late but I expect it will get here in time to do some good for the plants. My preference is to spread it on the beds early but things got a bit away from me this season. It seems that something gets away from me every season.

Rock phosphate provides phosphorus for the plants, which might be obvious, and other nutrients. Greensand provides potassium, calcium and other nutrients. It also helps the garden retain water. Nitrogen is provided by the horse manure we dug in last fall, and by worm castings which we use as a top dressing around the plants. The basic three nutrients, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium (N-P-K), are provided as well as a whole lot of micro-nutrients, all natural.