The Garden is in!

With the warm weather this past weekend and this week, I decided to go ahead and finish planting the garden.

It took some work to get the last two beds prepared, I ended up using the lasagna garden method again. We cut back the rye grass, covered it with newspaper and compost and then layered the dirt from the path on top.

I was a bit lazy this year and didn’t start any squash, melons or cucumbers inside. Instead I direct seeded them today in hills on top of these two lasagna rows. Today I also planted my corn & bean seeds.

I also never re-potted my main crop of tomatoes. So they went into the ground on the small side.

The early planted tomatoes are about to bloom.

The peppers were on the opposite extreme. I started them too early and they have begun to flower and set fruit inside. Hopefully that will continue as they grow bigger.

This row is mostly peppers, with some tomatillos, an a few trial eggplants and artichokes. The last two are on notice this year. If they don’t produce, they’re out.

Here are some other things already growing in the garden.
Potatoes planted May 5th are sprouting.

Peas & Favas are growing taller.

Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale & Brussels Sprout row is covered with bird netting to deter the groundhog or bunny that was nibbling the leaves off at the stem.

Strawberries are in bloom and setting fruit.

Chinese cabbage doing well. I’ve been harvesting outer leaves for salads & soups.

Onions, leeks & shallots are in too, as well as cutting celery, but they’re not pictured here.

I’m happy that the whole garden is now planted. We could use some good rain now as the soil is pretty dry. My job now is to keep up with the weeds and enjoy the food it produces. (This photo is from Monday, before we set up the trellises for the cucumbers in the very back of the garden).

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5 Responses to The Garden is in!

  1. Daphne says:

    It looks wonderful. I too was lazy this year. I didn’t start my melons or cukes inside. I hope they germinate well.

  2. Robin says:

    It’s always a good feeling to have the garden planted. It looks great! I too am direct seeding a lot of thing here.

  3. kitsapfg says:

    The garden looks great and doesn’t it feel good to have the heavy work of the spring plant up behind you?!

  4. Julia says:

    Wow Emily, you are an inspiration to me! I hope to one day have the space and the knowledge to take on a project of that size. Are those Walls of Water around your tomato plants? I’ve heard that those can work OK here at 9100 feet, but I’m not daring enough to try them yet.

    • Emily says:

      Thanks Julia,

      Yes, those are Walls of Water. I use them to get tomatoes in the ground early here. Most people plant tomatoes at the end of May, but I usually plant 8 or so at the beginning of May and use the walls of water to protect them from frost. They act like a mini-greenhouse with the water absorbing heat from the sun and then moderating the night time temperatures. Seems like they might work well in your location.

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