I can finally let a big sigh of relief out because our garden is in the ground! Typically, I prepare the soil in March and then start planting in April. This year though, the last two months have been super busy. Trying to get outside during the day with an 8-month-old and homeschooling was virtually impossible. Add to that bad weather and other crazy life stuff and it just didn’t happen.
Last week though I finally clamped down and spent an afternoon preparing the soil and then planting a few days later. I feel a bit like our garden was done haphazardly so I’m not sure how it will end up growing. Usually, I take the time to check which plants like to go by which ones and which ones to avoid etc. This year I literally took whatever seeds we had on hand and planted them.
In our 1st garden box we have a row of kale then a few rows of carrots, two green zucchini plants and one yellow zucchini plant. We have hard a heck of time trying to get zucchini to grow the last few years so I am hoping that this new location well make a difference and we will get lots of zucchini again.
In the second box we have two difference varieties of beets. My husband requested “lots of beets” this year so hopefully, they will oblige! In the front we have 4 rows of three different varieties of peas. Again, I just used what ever seeds we had on hand!
The third box is our strawberry patch. If you compare it to this time last year it is quite a bit behind. Last week I tidied it up and added some more soil to it. Hopefully, we will get lots of yummy strawberries this year!
Our 4th box has a row of swiss chard and then some marigold plants. I will be putting our tomatoes in this box once we receive them in two weeks.
Along the side of our garage, our rhubarb is up and growing very well already. Our annuals such as the irises and the chives are all up too. I planted some corn along the back just to give it a try. Usually, corn won’t grow here because we are in a valley and the night temperatures get too low but I had some seeds so I thought why not?! I also planted a butternut squash plant in the very corner. It will probably snow before it bears fruit but again, why not?!
In our small bed near the house I decided to try lettuce out this year. We haven’t had a whole lot of luck with lettuce as it always seems to heat up too quickly for it and it goes to seed almost right away. This spot gets shade from about 1 pm on so I’m hoping that will give it enough light to grow but keep it cool enough from going to seed so quickly.
I planted 3 containers of Yukon Gold potatoes on our deck. I really wish that we had more garden space but we don’t so I had to get creative. My boys each planted in a container as well. Joshua did red chilies, Tyler did a tomato plant and Nathan planted a cucumber plant. They did these pretty independently so we’ll see what ends up coming up!!
In the front, our bleeding hearts and tulips are up along with some other annuals. Unfortunately, the local jack rabbits have already had a feast on our tulips 🙁 We also have red beetles out just waiting for our lilies to pop up. I don’t feel too optimistic about them surviving. If anyone has a tried and true method of getting rid of them please let me know!
Our pear tree survived another winter and is starting to sprout some leaves. Hopefully, it will continue to grow and flourish this year.
Did you plant a garden this year? What’s in it?