Friday, May 29, 2015

The 2015 Garden!

And it's tripled in size!

This is the before picture (above). 

This is after I planted (below).

Bed #1 (this is the existing bed from last year) has lots of different types of squash (green, acorn, butternut, more green), and cucumbers. 

Bed #2 (this is the bed Morgan built earlier this spring, like as soon as the ground thawed, and it's parallel to the original bed) has lots of different types of lettuce, beets, watermelon radishes (if you're going to eat radishes these are the best), turnips, and carrots. These were planted a few weeks ago. 

Bed #3 (came about just 2 weeks ago after much pleading on my part, "but where will I plant my potatoes and green beans?") turns out this is where I ended up planting my tomatoes and peppers and some pumpkins down the center. There was no scientific reasoning for this, just that I had already planted a squash plant in bed #1 and I like to group similar plants together. Also, bed #1 had tomatoes and peppers grow there last year. So in the interest of crop rotation, it made sense. I didn't end up planting any green beans because I ran out of room. And potatoes are in a separate bed. I also ran out of room for these, but was able to squeeze them in where my berry bramble was last year, where I squeezed in pepper plants. 

The berry bramble didn't do so well last year. It still has a few berry plants, but it also had room for something else. It's probably not good to grow potatoes and berries in the same bed, but eh.  We'll see what happens.

Now we wait!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 Garden Update

The garden is quieting down unfortunately, but before we totally call it quits...

3 different kinds of heirloom tomatoes

Dilly bean canning

And...fruit salad!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Garden 2014

Here's what she looks like so far!

And then I took all of the plants that didn't fit (some peppers plants and some tomato plants) and put them in the bramble. 

So far so good!

July in the Garden 2014

So far the garden is coming along nicely. We have some gnarly carrots, small peppers, and lots of squash flowers!

I know these aren't pretty, but I grew them in a pot. They were clearly overcrowded, but this was a test run. They tasted great!

I wish I had planned better in order to have more ready in June and early July, but this will have to do for my first year in the new garden. 

Friday, May 23, 2014


So that wilty looking lettuce bounced back and produced 4 beautiful heads of lettuce. We ate one last night and it was delicious and went from garden to plate in under an hour!

This was butter crunch lettuce. One small head was enough for 2 salads. We'll need to eat this all this week before the weather gets too warm (maybe I should have done successive planting so they weren't all ready at the same time), but I consider this a success!

Next up...planting the rest of the garden in the ground!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Seedling Updates

My cherry tomatoes are doing great and my heirloom tomatoes are coming up perfectly! My pepper plants are taking their time so I transplanted them and hope they get a little boost. 

Today I started zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, acorn squash, butternut squash, and corn! Most of these I've never grown before so it's pretty exciting. 

In a few weeks everything should be ready to go in the ground! Very exciting!

We also bought some fruit plants with the hopes of creating something of a bramble! When we get some deer fencing, we'll put them in the ground. We bought 4 raspberry plants, 1 blackberry, 1 boysenberry, and we already had a blueberry bush that's been in a pot. They'll all go in the ground soon!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The new garden plot...2014

So I've mentioned how we moved at the end of last summer and this would be the first year in our new "homestead."  This week Morgan built me my first garden bed! We both agreed that if the spot doesn't work out long term (not enough sun or in the way) we'll move it next year, but until that's all sorted out we have to plant the garden somewhere.

And here's where it'll be planted:

I don't plant my heat-loving plants until around Memorial Day. By then we'll have to put a deer fence around this, but this is so great to have this early!