1 The vegetable garden continues to grow beautifully in its new location. In this corner are all of the brassicas, like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
2 The cabbage heads are forming nicely. This one is Jersey Wakefield, a favorite for US gardeners since the 1840s. It quickly produces large, dense heads that have a sweet flavor, making it a popular cabbage for coleslaw.
3 This rather pretty cabbage is called Super Red. It forms dark red 3-5 lb. heads that have a tender and crisp texture and a slightly peppery taste.
4 And this is broccoli Gypsy that forms nicely domed and uniform heads.
5 Do you know why these leaves are clipped? This is a cauliflower plant and to keep the heads nice and white and to prevent them from developing an off flavor, the leaves are folded up and over the cauliflower head and fastened in order to protect it from sunburn.
6 This is cauliflower Snow Crown and this process is known as blanching.
7 This quadrant of the vegetable garden is where many varieties of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are to be planted. To help prevent weeds, the raised beds were shrouded with sheets of black plastic mulch.
8 To plant, an X is cut in the plastic using a sharp knife.
9 The X is folded open.
10 Because tomatoes need to be planted deep, Wilmer used a bulb planting tool to remove the soil. The soil was transferred to the black bucket.
11 When the hole was deep enough, the tomato plant was lowered into it and the hole was filled in with the reserved soil.
12 Any branches below the soil line were gently removed with clippers. Tomatoes are planted deep to encourage extra roots to sprout along the buried stem. Extra roots strengthen the plant so that it can support more fruit and make it better able to survive hot weather.
13 After the tomatoes, Wilmer moved on to the eggplants and peppers. Tomatoes, eggplants and peppers have similar growing requirements, so it makes sense to partner them in the garden.
14 Again, the plastic is cut with a sharp knife.
15 Peppers don't need deep planting, so Wilmer used handheld bulb planting tool.
16 The plant was placed in the hole and filled in with soil.
17 Peppers are in the Capsicum family and as I have mentioned, we grow many varieties both sweet and hot.
18 One rainy afternoon, Ryan planted several iron urns to adorn the property. He always starts the container planting process by placing a shard of pottery over the drain holes to prevent the soil from draining out.
19 He filled each container with a good-quality growing mix.
20 Each urn got a sprinkling of Osmocote, very good plant food.
21 These are the fill-in plants: Pilea glauca, 3 kinds of oxalix - Sunset Velvet, Zinfandel, and Triangularis - and lysimachia
22 Ryan grew this matching pair of agaves from tiny pups off the parent plant. They've grown nicely!
23 He carefully trimmed away the lowest leaves using a sharp knife.
24 To plant with the agave, Ryan chose Pilea glauca 'Aquamarine', whose matted trailing leaves spill and tumble over the edge of containers. It also crawls as a groundcover.
25 It was a good choice!
26 Wilmer went to work on a different, rather stunning agave.
27 He added oxalis trangularis, which has purple triangular leaves with a pinkish flower.
28 Ryan trimmed another agave, also grown from a pup. In doing so, he found another baby to plant.
29 Ryan rooted the dichondra that he planted around this agave. Dichondra has elegant silver foliage and a wonderful trailing habit.
30 Wilmer then planted elephant ear Black Magic in an upright urn and surrounded it with Lysimachia, or golden creeping Jenny, a low-growing, evergreen groundcover with golden-yellow leaves, making for a very nice contrast.
31 Wilmer found a spiny agave.
32 He surrounded this agave with oxalis variegata 'Sunset Velvet', which has orange yellow leaves on compact plants that bear yellow flowers.
33 Ryan planted one last urn with a mix of succulents and oxalis triangularis.
34 Here are those urns looking great on a low stone wall.
35 Another view
36 More urns - This wall surrounds a parking area at the main entrance to the farm.
37 The mixed succulent urn
38 And the spiny agave urn with an added reddish succulent
39 You may wonder how all of those heavy urns are set in place. It takes man-power and good transport, like this dump truck.
40 We also use the loader of the John Deere.
41 For really large urns and rather spiny plants, it's best to move them with the Hi-Lo.
42 The Hi-Lo's telescoping arm gets the plant in near position.
43 The massive cement urn is moved further along using metal pipes upon a wooden board.
44 Rolling into position
45 Because I have such a large collection of tropical plants, it takes many trips to the tropical greenhouse.
46 The truck is backing up to the courtyard on the street side of my home.
47 The urns are slid off the truck using a wooden plank.
48 Two men moved these plants were moved into position.
49 And now for the Bismarckia palms.
50 The courtyard is still a work in progress, but it's coming together.
51 Ryan spent part of yesterday morning planting the herb garden on the terrace. Over the winter, he sprouted sage, thyme, chives, basil, and more.
52 He laid out the sage plants in one section.
53 Laying out the plants beforehand really speeds up the planting process.
54 Meanwhile, Chhewang planted the four small urns on the terrace with matching agaves.
55 Ryan then planted around the agave.
56 He used more succulents that he rooted over the winter.
57 Another beautiful urn.
58 I am happy to see that the Papaver rhoeas, or corn poppies are doing so well this season.
59 Also called field poppy, Flanders field poppy, and Shirley poppy, they are delightful in the garden with their delicate tissue-paper blossoms.
60 They are growing in the long pergola bed along with nepeta, or cat mint, and purple-flowering clematis.
61 A striking clematis - Each post of the pergola has a clematis growing upon it.