I am so excited about my vegetable garden this year. This may sound lame, but it has not been a pretty site for the last two years. We have been in the midst of remodeling our home and this has been a slow journey to say the least. We have added nearly 1400 sq feet to the back of our house and this meant digging out a mountain of dirt for the foundation. Needless to say, we still have that mountain in what used to be my large garden area. Last year we rushed to try to get a garden area ready and I planted probably 2 weeks later than I normally do (I try to have everything planted by Memorial weekend), and I was in too much of a hurry and did not prep the soil properly. Well, it was pretty much a failure as far as gardens grow and I only got some green onions, a few beets, and lots of green tomatoes.
So on to this year…..I still have the mountain of dirt, but a much better prepped garden area. This past weekend we had beautiful weather, mid-70’s, so it was the perfect time to plant. I started the weekend, well Friday anyway, going to a bi-annual wholesale plant sale at a local nursery. This didn’t have anything to do with the vegetable garden, but I love plants too! I am ever so slowly trying to landscape our yard (it isn’t very pretty right now…..the remodel and all) so I am taking advantage of the super plant deals during these sales. I got a beautiful rose bush, a dark pink lilac, a holly bush, and 3 Hostas.
Now back to the vegetable garden…we rototilled, I raked and added composted manure to my planting areas, crawled around in the dirt and planted. I began feeling pretty proud of myself getting a two week head start on the garden. Here is what I have done so far:
Herbs: Basil, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley, Lavender
Seven tomato plants. I am using the red plastic as it is suppose to improve the tomato harvest and after last years dismal results I will try anything.
6 Brussel Sprouts
The straw areas you see are covering the potatoes. I have never planted potatoes before and heard they are easy, so we’ll see.
Broccoli and Cabbage – I need to add more broccoli so I have enough to freeze for later in the winter.
60 onion sets (white and brown skinned), Bush Beans, and Parsnips
I started these seeds on paper towels, evenly spaced. This is the first time I have tried this method and at least so far the radishes are growing. I also did the paper towel method with my parsnips, beets, carrots and dill. It is a bit too early to tell if they are working or not.
I didn’t get the zucchini, acorn squash or pumpkins planted though. I worked so hard for three days and looking at it now it sure doesn’t seem like a lot. After such a beautiful weekend we had thunderstorms, high winds and torrential downpours. The temperatures dropped and I had to cover all the tomatoes with buckets to protect them. Maybe planting earlier isn’t better?