Radishes and carrots and strawberries, oh my!
The garden is going so well. Just swimmingly. We have been getting a ton of rain, but if it brightens up this week, I have a sneaking suspicion that this garden is going to explode
Although the strawberries already are. They must really love their home. They will probably take over the entire bed by next spring.
The number of blooms is astonishing to me. These started as really tiny little plants that the neighbor got for free from the grocery garden center. They were going to toss them because they were getting dried out and dying. (No one wants to buy a dead-looking plant.) So, he brought them home for us to nurse. And, wow!
The tomatoes also seem to be happy in their new bed. I planted some basil and cilantro in this bed as well. Along with marigolds. I’m anxious to see all the varieties – there’s an heirloom green, two cherry tomatoes that we started from seed, a beefsteak, romas….. mmmmmm……
And the final bed – a variety of peppers, eggplant, brussels sprouts, beans… all are still rather small. But, I hope it will warm up soon so they can grow grow grow.
Ryan’s potatoes and onions are going NUTS! Every day, they just multiply. I cannot believe it. And, I think we are going to have tons of both crops. He just planted all the starters we got from Burpee. There were about 100 red onions and 100 white onions. Yeah…. 100 each.
He’s been nurturing these like they are his babies. He waters them and checks them out and just added some compost from our worm bin (along with some to my plants, too.) He’s so proud, with good reason. Lots of the neighbors have commented on the garden this year.
Finally, his corn. (And, to the left against the fence, my squash and zucchini and Ryan’s raspberries.)
He’s staggering planting his corn so we can get corn throughout the summer. The second rotation will go in tomorrow, he tells me.
So, that’s the garden to date. This year has been wonderful, even better than 2009.
I’ve hardly had to weed at all. Last year, I had to do TONS of weeding. I have to give my husband a shout-out on that front. Last year, he put down a layer of newspaper to kill off the grass in the fall. Then, he brought in a layer of compost to cover the entire garden. In the spring, he tilled it all up. The difference in the soil is astounding. It’s so much better this year. Not only is the soil more resistant to weeds, it’s also a dream to work. I hardly used any tools to plant after he tilled it up. It’s just perfection.
How’s your garden growing?