Friday, May 27, 2016

2016 Garden Progress and a vlog

Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Maine!  I think Spring is finally deciding to show herself, and that means I can move forward with my garden.  I probably could have started last weekend with planting, but I wasn't ready, and I generally do a marathon planting session on Memorial Day weekend.



But first, I needed to clean out the gardens - you can watch some of our progress here:


It is amazing to me how much I enjoy cleaning out the gardens at the beginning of the growing season.  I wish that would continue throughout the season with the weeding.  Unfortunately I lose steam at the height of summer, and weeds always seem to take over.



Now that the garden beds are cleaned out I can get started planting.  But, the first stop for me was to go to the green house.

Every year I say that I am going to start seeds.  And there was one year that I did start seeds, but recently I have fallen back on buying seedlings from the green house.  



This year I settled on the following seedlings :

red cabbage
lettuce
strawberries (to replace the ones someone mowed over...)
tomatoes (many, many tomato plants)
bell peppers
jalapeno peppers
cucumbers (slicing, bush, and pickling)
pie pumpkins
blue hubbard squash
zucchini
basil



And for seeds I purchased :

radish
swiss chard
lettuce
peas
green beans (Provider - they produce SO WELL!)
potatoes

I can't wait to get started this weekend planting!  It is one of my favorite parts of the year.  I am looking forward to watching the plants grow.

Are you planting anything this year?  

21 comments:

  1. Our garden is going great too and I have been meaning to post an update, what a fun idea to do it as a video, I might have to steal that. ;)
    We planted watermelon, corn, pumpkins, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, and blueberries... just to name a few, lol.

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  2. I love that you are planting a vegetable garden! I just got my flowers planted in the front yard and I have one planter with Strawberries but we haven't had a chance to get the beds ready for veggies yet. With a growing family it's nice to be able to "pick as you need" and get fresh veggies whenever you want!

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  3. Yum! My garden is all in. We limit ourselves to tomatoes, peppers, lettuces and herbs. I am anxious for a homegrown tomato!

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  4. Looks like you will be BUSY this weekend! Lots of great looking stuff! Good thing you won't be having company ;)!!!!

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  5. Your daughters are too cute! :)
    I got some yard work in last Friday, the sun was shining, so I had to get out there. I wish we had a garden. I use to have one when we lived in Illinois, my kids loved to garden with my husband and I.
    XO
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

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  6. I'm definitely jealous of your veggie garden! That's one of the things I miss most about living in the country: homegrown food!

    Nellwyn | www.thecardinalpress.com

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  7. We never got around to planting this year. One day maybe.

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  8. I've been waiting to plant but the weather has different plans it seems. I might be out there in the garden this weekend as well!

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  9. I've been waiting to plant but the weather has different plans it seems. I might be out there in the garden this weekend as well!

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  10. Spring is finally deciding to show up here too and I am so excited! I can't wait to plant!

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  11. My husband handles our garden. I wish he would expand on it a little. He does tomatos and peppers. Yours sound like a great variety.

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  12. I've always wondered about the actual amounts of tomatoes that people buy. They seem like a gardening staple, and when I was in retail, any bit of planting accessories that were for tomatoes always sold out ridiculously quick!

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  13. You are going to be growing a ton of stuff. I wish I had the talent to do that. I don't have a green thumb at all.

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  14. I started seeding this year but I started too soon around January when the weather was too cold and too humid. The seed didn't grow. I wait until Summer to do it again.

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  15. We planted a garden this year, too, and it is doing great so far. Best of luck with yours all summer. :)

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  16. I'm not planting anything this year and I know I'll regret it. Just not enough time. Next year for sure.

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  17. Anything I touch dies. I have no green thumb and I have no idea about plants or even when to garden! I wish I had a green thumb!

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  18. Whenever it comes to planting anything, everything I touch dies. I'm not good at all. My son however has a green thumb and he's planted a few flowers so now we're just waiting for them to grow. Seems like you have everything under control there.

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  19. Yea---I was so happy to see this on IG. Glad you're getting some better weather finally and that the garden is getting ready :) This year I planted snap peas, nasturiums, squash (was supposed to be zucchini but not sure which squash it actually will be), radishes, beets, carrots, spinach, kale, swiss chard, leeks, tomatoes, onions, basil, cilantro, oregano, & potatoes in the raised beds. Oh and lettuce that didn't come up. I also realized that I'm not a fan of the version of kale that I planted this year, so I might have to try to find the one from 2 years ago. The rest of the items in the yard & entryway garden are going pretty steady also. Looking like it'll be another crazy kiwi harvest year! Hoping I can get someone to water while I'm gone however :) Love watching everything grow.....

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  20. I can't wait until we have space for a garden! Your post is making me want one even more!

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  21. Nice to have a garden helper. I have four raised beds in my floating garden and lots of pots on the garden deck. It isn't much space but I can get an amazing amount of food for the two of us. http://powellriverbooks.blogspot.com/2015/09/summer-garden.html -- Margy

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