Veggie garden update

Boy was Memorial Day weekend busy and productive!  I have a huge veggie garden update.

It took a bit of work over each of the three days, but we tilled and planted the veggie garden.

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Actually, it was a really slow process, but then our neighbor offered to run his tractor tiller through it, and it was done in half an hour.  Yay!  Thanks for good neighbors!

tilling-tractorWe got down the black plastic, cut holes and started planting seedlings of peppers, tomatoes, okra, basil, parsley, tomatillos and ground cherries.  I made sure to water them right away, they were thirsty.  The next day we finished the seedlings and added seeds for sow direct crops like cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, bunching onions and 7 rows of green beans.  Then I added some marigold and sunflower seeds around the edges to pretty things up.  I placed the sunflowers on the north side so that they don’t shade the garden and marigolds near the tomatoes for a companion planting and pest deterrent.  Then we watered everything in really well again.

vegetable garden planted

I got about two thirds of my flower beds mulched.  Here is a new gooseberry that I was able to transplant from that same helpful neighbors brush line.  It was ill fated otherwise and I was in the process of rooting some additional plants fro the three gooseberries that I already had.  These are larger than my rooted plants, so I will have better production a little sooner now.

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I transplanted all of this vinca to an enclosed bed in the front yard.  It hadn’t filled in the original space and was being choked out by mulch.  So I had to find a new home for it or buy more to fill in this area.  Transplanting the vinca to another bed was easier.

transplanting vincaIt will fill this small flower bed and won’t need to be mulched.  Ground cover and mulch don’t mix, people, they just don’t.

vinca transplants

It is all looking much better.  Well, it was, but then I had to disturb some of the mulch to transplant some spring bulbs.

not so freshly mulched

Check out these deck rail planters.  They are bursting with lettuce an greens.  I have been making a huge salad every night for dinner.  So yummy!

time for salad

Starting seeds

I already posted about our garden prep.  Starting seeds for the new garden.

starting-seeds

We have been using these mini greenhouse seed starters from Ferry Morse for about seven years.  It is a real improvement from not having the green house cover.  They are reusable and effective.  We really need to use grow lights too and we are planning on that for next year and beyond. Three trays of seedlings should fill our giant garden nicely.  We will still buy some seedlings also.  We also have tons of seeds to sow direct for beans, peas and carrots.

seed-starting-garden

The garden is going to be quite a distance from the house.  I don’t want to run all the way out there every time I want a sprig of herb, a green onion or some lettuce.  I bought these deck rail planters to have a mini herb garden and some greens close by.  I also think that edibles can be attractive and I mixed them with some edible flowers like nasturtium, marigolds and violas.

deck-planterI am hoping they work out well.  They will also provide a bit of a screen on the side of our deck.

deck-planter-box

I will post progress as they start to sprout and hopefully flourish.