I’ve decided to use this blog again as a garden journal. If anyone else reads this, I’ll be surprised (but it’s fine!). Looking back at garden-topic entries from two years ago, I realize how useful it is to document happenings to refer back to. I just read my post “Lessons learned (so far) by a vegetable garden neophyte” and it made me laugh; I haven’t followed all of my own advice! How quickly my mind can forget even the most basic things…
I’m going to use this to periodically record plantings, significant occurences (for example, if bunnies come in and give buzz cuts to ALL of the broccoli planted from seed indoors months before, carefully and lovingly nurtured to seedlings ready to transplant and then they’re gone one morning…), post pictures to show growth and progress, and records lessons learned so next year I will be a better gardener.
This year I got a very late start, but I feel consolation in that I was not alone. We had a long winter and a very cool spring and it seems like everyone is delayed. I decided to not start seeds indoors since last year those that I started indoors either were obliterated by those damn rabbits or were equally as productive as those I seeded directly into the garden, planted at the same time I transplanted the seedlings. Therefore I decided it wasn’t worth the time and energy this year.
I have not endeavored into the starting-tomatoes-from-seeds world yet; I’m still intimidated. Last year was my first year growing tomatoes (purchased plants). I had two planted directly in the earth in the herb garden (my addition to the yard last year!) and two or three in pots. The ones planted in the ground were behemoths (!) and those in the pots were scrawny and not very productive. There will be no tomato in pots this year.
This year we (Andy is helping with the garden this year; it is so nice to have his company) planted the following seeds on May 3: radishes, carrots, peas, lettuce, spinach, green onions, and broccoli. On Monday I planted about 18 square feet of red onion seedlings and have another 24 square feet or so of more red and yellow onions to plant. I’ll get them in this week. Since it’s been so cool, I haven’t yet planted tomatoes, peppers, basil, or rosemary; I plan to this weekend.
Andy started strawberries last year from some plants his dad provided. They look beautiful and we can’t wait to taste the first delicious berry! We need to learn how to keep them healthy and under control so the travellers don’t take over the whole garden.
The most exciting thing for me so far this year is that I harvested compost for the first time! It was a beautiful, rich, black soil. I did not harvest it as recommended by the master composters, but I think it will be fine. I tilled it into the garden before planting. We will be more actively managing the compost pile this year so it will break down faster.
That is my first update. More pics and info to come!