It seems like only a few weeks ago when I was writing about planting seeds, but it was actually March 21. It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 months, so I thought I would give you an update and let you know how I went about planting everything.
Even though I was on top of the seed planting, my transplanting outdoors was delayed. Sure, I can blame it on the long winter and the rain we kept getting in the spring, and I can even blame it on the trip we took to Greece in May that took up my time (more recipes from that trip later), but, really, I was just late! 🙂 I finally tilled the garden and planted everything about a month ago, and, even though things are a bit behind, they are doing really well!
This year, I did try to be strategic about my tilling the garden. If you turn the soil and then it rains in the next few days, it’s a bad scene. All of those weed seeds that were just turned get fed with the water and start to grow. However, if it’s warm and sunny, the seeds will dry out and die. This year I seemed to time the tilling right and the weeds haven’t been that bad…so far.
Once I got the tilling done, I was ready to plant. You may remember I had a lovely diagram that I put together for my garden. And, even though I had the best of intentions, my garden doesn’t exactly look like that diagram. Things happen! The beets didn’t quite make it when I took them outside…I didn’t end up with as many squash plants as I wanted…you get the idea. So, no worries, I adjusted. However, even though you may need to make adjustments, I still stand behind the diagram!
After I planted, one trick I always use is planting marigolds around the perimeter of my vegetable garden. I’ve found that this really keeps the deer away. The one year I didn’t, the deer had a feast. So I keep doing it! I guess it could be a coincidence, but I’m not taking any chances. 🙂
I’m pretty happy with the progress and looking forward to a good yield. If you’re growing this summer, how are your vegetables coming along? Here is how things are coming along in my garden…
As you can see from the top picture, my tomatoes are starting to bloom…slow but steady!
The eggplants are coming along!
The zucchini is getting huge!Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds was nice enough to send me some complementary red romaine lettuce seeds that are coming along!Since I didn’t have luck with all of my seeds, I did get some spaghetti squash to fill in, and it’s doing great!