We should start off in the left and move to the right. The left starts off with the recently cleared out area next to the house that has shade later in the day. I know the lettuce in the main garden will not last in the full heat of the summer so this seemed like a good alternative. Along with different lettuces, I also included more radishes and a few root veggies. I am happy to report that many of the seeds have sprouted and broken ground. I honestly didn't think they would sprout that fast, but I am not complaining.
Moving towards the right of the garden, we find the area where greens currently growing. The lettuce, white swiss chard and some carrots in between. This is the original planting from late December and it is still going strong. The plants look small because they are clipped every few days for salads.
|Original Greens Bed|
There is also a cucumber plant behind the greens that will hopefully grow big and strong. I built the bamboo structure and it hope it will be strong enough to hold it up. The other end of the structure has a squash plant and that should also grow up the tee-pee.
|Green Onions & Carrots|
In front of the bamboo structure, there is another section where the radishes occupied. The radishes were all pulled and the wife enjoys those as snacks or in her salads. I am not much of a radish eater but she loves them. In between the radish rows, I also planted carrots and those take longer but are now coming in. Since the radishes are gone, it opened up some space and yellow onions took their place.
These onions were transplanted from containers and seem to like their new home. Most of these onions are the ones that came from the 99 cent store but some were started from seed. I am not sure how these will work out but only time will tell. They onions seem fine up til now and I may end up going back to pick up a few more sets.
|Sugar Snap Peas|
I know that size really doesn't transfer well in photos but keep in mind that the cage they are attached to is 54 inches high. They are already half way up and will probably hang over a big later on. These won't last all season and will require successive planting if we want snap peas later in the season. In the later plantings, I will also include a bush type bean. I can't remember which one that is right now but it should only grow 4-5 ft tall and won't take up much space.
Behind the snap peas there is another tee-pee with cucumbers that looks healthy and ready to go. The white "thread" is actually a nylon trellis net that I wrapped around the tee-pee. I hope this will be enough to hold the weight and the plant produces more cucumbers than we need. The cucumbers will easily find homes and should not be an issue.
If you are wondering about the bricks, they are holding chicken wire down so the cats don't dig up the plant and use it as a litter box. I have these all over the garden. I think once the garden "fills in" more throughout the season, it should be fine.
The picture shows turnips but I don't remember planting them that close together. These are the first ones that came up and there are more root veggies planted but some take longer to germinate.
This is pretty much it for the raised beds but just had to post the first squash bloom of the season. The blooms are always bright and colorful. Many other plants have the buds and I can't wait to see them all bloom.
|Marigolds in Window Boxes|
I have been going nuts with all the things to do in the garden but loving every second of it. I don't see it as work but maybe more than a hobby. I have been out of work for just over 2 years and still have not found anything but I am trying to keep busy. The job search is still on full force but not showing any real progress. It is not easy with a single income and savings are getting low. I feel that if I can't provide an income as of yet, at least this way I can physically put food on the table by growing it myself. We shall see how it goes from here on out on that end.
This is it for this post as I think it covers most of the farm news. I will be doing another update next week and may have other posts along the way.
Below you will find the link to the photos for this week.
Til next time!
Photos for this week's update can be found HERE.