Over the last two weekends I was able to get all but one vegetable planted in the garden.
First off though, is this years diagram of the planting plan. Nothing too radical this year, pretty much most of the same from past years just rotated so I don’t have things in the same spots.
Garden plan for 2018
The first weekend (May 5/6) was a bit rushed because I had to first get the second garden bed replaced. I also had to move the lettuce from the back two beds to the second replacement bed. All of that took a while. In the end, I had time to get the peas and radish planted and get the tomatoes out of their tiny pots and into the ground where they can have all the root and head room they could wish for.
In the years past, I never provided the peas and beans anything other than water and occasional fertilizer. This year I am giving an inoculant a try. When ordering seeds this year I threw Burpee Booster into the cart. We’ll see if I notice any difference.
Giving the beans and peas a boost
All six tomato plants with ladders
Two Brandy Boy tomatoes
Two Happy Day tomatoes
Two Cherry Baby tomatoes
Pea tower with a few left over lettuce plants I did not move
Transplanted lettuce and bean tower
For the second weekend (May 12/13), the goal was to get the rest of the garden planted. The weather forecast looked like this.
Not a good forecast for planting
As a result, I was up and in the garden before 8 am in an effort to get as much planted as I could before the rain arrived. I’m happy to report I was able to get the garden planted. In fact, it didn’t actually rain until Monday afternoon. I had time to go to Lowes and get some sweet potato plants and get them in as well on Saturday. Between the vegetable garden and other needed yard work, we ended up being out until dark. I was beginning to wish for the promised rain so I could be chased inside. 🙂
So, what all was planted this weekend…
- Sweet corn
- Yellow Squash
- Green Beans – Pole
- Green Bean – Bush
- Sweet Potatoes
Twelve sweet potato plants
All that remain are the onions. I’m still waiting on Burpee to process that portion of my order. I am tempted to just cancel the onions and try and find some locally.
This post marks the 300th post to Matt’s Garden Blog!
Who would have thought all those many years ago that I’d still be writing posts about that small patch of ground in the back corner of the yard. My first post was all the way back in early April 2010. The posts were not as detailed or consistent back then (that hasn’t really changed) and the images were not quite as clear. The first image posted was a couple weeks after the blog was established using a now old and retired iPhone 3G.
First garden image posted to the blog.
The gardens have certainly grown and evolved since then. Most notable expansions are the two new garden beds and the perimeter fencing.
Installing the two new expansion beds
Garden with new perimeter fence
I’ve tried to grow a few different vegetables over the years. I tired Broccoli a couple times, Brussels Sprouts a few years, Carrots most years, Lima Beans a couple, Onions most of the time recently, Yukon Potatoes once, Spinach quite a few times, Sunflowers, Sweet Corn for the second year, Sweet Potatoes quite a bit recently and Yellow Squash pretty consistently now that I started.
The permanent fixtures of the garden have been the Cucumbers, Green Beans, Lettuce, Radish, Tomatoes, Snap Peas and Zucchini.
I have to admit, if someone asked be how long I have been updating this garden blog, I would not have believed that this is now the start of the seventh year. Will I make another 300 posts and/or seven years? I guess you’ll have to stay tuned/subscribed and find out.
After a very cold morning, the garden seemed to do well enough. In addition to getting the garden supports all back in place, I also decided it was time to put in a second planting of green beans. This time I planted a single row of bush green beans between the bean and pea towers.
Bush Green Beans to supplement the pole beans
The cucumbers were also not looking happy and I already lost one of the plants and one of the seedlings. I planted a few more seeds in the hopes that the warmer weather now will be kinder to them.
The rest of the garden is looking pretty good. Below are a few status updates.
Tomato glad to be past the frost and ready for the 80s next week
Sweet corn a bit patchier than I would like
Lettuce and radish looking good
Onions perked up
Peas still looking good. I think they liked the cooler weather.
The weather is always full of surprises. After a quick peek at the garden last night, I felt there was little chance it would dry out enough today to get the onions planted. To my surprise, when I checked today after work there was an area big enough for the onions that was good enough.
Again this year, I planted two rows of each kind of onion. There are red, white and yellow. Now all I need is some rain from mother nature (forecast for tomorrow evening) and we’ll get them growing.
Six rows of onions
Row of onions
First off, Happy New Year and welcome to the 2017 season of the garden blog! I hope to do a better job keeping the blog updated this year, but a lot of that will depend on how busy I get with work and life.
The last couple years, I have been using some of the seeds I had purchased from past years. While it did same me some money, last year I noticed some issues with germination and overall yields. Irregardless, it was time to replenish the seed cache as I have used up most of the stock.
The order this year isn’t too much different than in years past but there are a few new comers and variety changes. Most notably new this year is Kale. We’re a bit late to the Kale bandwagon but have started adding it into the salad mixes and I must say I am liking the color and texture it brings. It tastes decent and at least makes the salad look healthy right up until I dump too much dressing on it.
Other notables, while not entirely new, in the second year of growing sweet corn, I am going to a childhood favorite variety. This year I am going to give ‘Kandy Korn’ a try. I promise to not over plant the garden this year.
I’m also going to mix up the tomato varieties again this year. ‘Oh Happy Day’ and ‘Cherry Baby’ will join the favorite of the past few years ‘Brandy Boy’.
Finally a new variety of cucumber will be tried. I was not happy with the cucumbers last year as they just really never did much. This time around I am going to give ‘Burpee Hybrid II’ a chance. The claim of being disease resistant sounds very appealing to me as I seem to constantly have some mildew or fungus killing off my plants before they get to the end of the season.
Below is the full list of seeds and plants ordered. I’ll pick up Sweet Potatoes locally closer to planting time.
Item Number: 55610A – 1 Pkt. (200 seeds)
Item Number: 51474A – 1 Pkt. (2 oz.)
Item Number: 69501C – 3 Pkts (1 of Each)
Item Number: 68072A – 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)
Item Number: 53595A – 1 Pkt. (30 seeds)
Item Number: 13789C – 75 plants each variety (225 plants total)
Item Number: 53512A – 1 Pkt. (300 seeds)
Item Number: 60855A – 1 Pkt. (1000 seeds)
Item Number: 62450A – 1 Pkt. (25 Seeds)
Item Number: 61101A – 1 Pkt. (35 seeds)
Item Number: 51205A – 1 Pkt. (25 seeds)
Item Number: 54310A – 1 Pkt. (25 seeds)
Item Number: 63480A – 1 Pkt. (20 seeds)
Item Number: 61861A – 1 Pkt. (3000 seeds)
Still having trouble getting back into the groove on this garden blog. Here is a combined post to try and get me caught up.
It seems rare enough to get decent weather for Easter Sunday here in Ohio much less a nice one when it falls on March 27th. Not only was it nice enough for an egg hunt outside, but it was warm enough to even get into the garden. It has been a warm enough spring that I managed to get my onion plants out already. I’m calling these my Easter Onions and I am really hoping they come out the color of Easter eggs when it is time for harvest.
Jumping ahead a few weeks to just last week, I was able to get back out to the garden and get some of my cool weather seeds started. Nothing too exciting to see here but I planted peas, lettuce, spinach and radish on April 20th. There was rain forecasted and I figured I better get some seeds out there and let mother nature do the watering.
Finally, this weekend it was time to give the poor seedlings locked up in the basement some attention. The tomatoes have outgrown their starter cells and it was time to give them a bit more room for those growing roots.
Seedlings outgrowing their home
Unfortunately, there were more tomato seedlings than I had pots for. And even then I will have more tomato plants than what I really need to plant in the garden. I always feel a little bad leaving a few of the seedlings behind.
A bit more room to grow
Down selected to 16 tomato plants. Five HoneyBunch and SuperTasty each and six plants of Big Beef.
This year with labels!
Unlike the mistake of last year, this time I took a bit more time to put in some markers with which tomatoes are which. 😉 Always good to learn from past mistakes. As many as I make, you would think I would be a lot smarter by now.
Jump started lettuce
Final action of the day was to directly transplant the basement lettuce out to the garden. This was the first year trying this so I’ll be interested to see how it works out. I didn’t do any hardening on these, just chucked them outside. Will be nice to get some early lettuce from the garden if this does work out.
To close out this post, we can start where we began with Easter Onions. They can be seen in the background of the picture above looking decent so far this year.
The long string of rainy and cool days took their toll on the onions this year. They are also planted in the least sunny of the six beds which probably didn’t help. Either way, a couple of family members who love onions are not too happy with this news.
Very unhappy patch of onions