It is amazing to see how much we are able to accomplish in one nice weekend. Nice, being the key word! This past weekend we finally planted all of our vegetables. It was something hanging over my head.
Typically, we plant everything over Memorial Day weekend. Well, this year we were away one day, one day was filled with church and shopping for seedlings, and then Memorial Day itself was kind of a wash out. It didn’t rain heavily, but when the weatherman says there is the potential for hail, you decide to skip planting all those little baby seedlings.
Last week there was a lot of rain, and a lot of cold, including one night of frost, so I guess I am happy I didn’t actually go through with planting anything.
Saturday, my wonderful husband cleaned out all of the garden boxes, and also dug me some new beds. I think every year I end up expanding the garden. It started with a bunch of pots on our second floor deck, and has now taken over half the yard. We live on a very tiny quarter of an acre, but luckily our entire yard is located in the back of the house, so it feels a bit bigger to me.
The kids were fully involved with the planting. Jack helped me plant in the 4×4 garden boxes, and Emma helped with all the pots and the other garden beds. They have been telling me all winter how they “can’t possibly eat veggies not from the garden,” so we planted a lot of veggies that they are going to have to try, especially since they picked out the seedlings and placed them in the ground!
What did we end up planting? A lot.
Green head lettuce
Ace green peppers
Striped German tomatoes
Black Grim tomatoes
Sun Gold tomatoes
Sugar Baby watermelon
Red Russian kale
Golden Acre cabbage
herbs (basil, cilantro, parsley)
Garlic (which I planted last fall and is doing amazing right now!)
Wow! That really is a lot when you list it out. Hopefully it will be enough to satisfy our veggie needs this summer. I decided not to do winter squash or pumpkins this year, mainly because I will be 9 months pregnant when they are ripening, and I want to have the garden all cleaned up well before that point. I plan to put more lettuce seedlings in as I pull heads out of the ground, to hopefully keep this salad loving house fulfilled for the summer.
How is your garden growing? Have you planted anything new this year?