I’ve been a bit busy since coming back from vacation, but that hasn’t stopped the garden. This post is a summary of the various gardening activities taking place so far in July. The garden has been getting plenty of rain recently, with just another inch today, so as long as we continue to get sunny days in between the showers the garden should really continue to take off.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A quick check on the garden tonight and I was happy to see some more plants emerging. No need to write a big preamble here, the pictures and captions should suffice.
A quick check on the garden tonight and even though it was a bit cooler and cloudy today, the garden seems to be off to a decent start. New plants sprouting and the early planted plants are not looking worse and in most cases actually improving. Once we get through a chilly morning tomorrow, the weather looks to warm up and get sunnier so I am anticipating some more good growing days ahead.
Not sure what to make of the early blooming zucchini plants. I wonder if it is perhaps a sign of distress. I guess it is possible starting them inside earlier than I should have as well as being cramped into the smaller container messed up its development cycle.
The weather recently is more like late May than middle of April. With temperatures over 80 degrees yesterday (record high temperature) and upper 70s today, you couldn’t ask for better weather on Easter weekend. Saturday I spent some time tilling up the garden beds. I’ve been neglecting the soil for a while now and in the years past I haven’t had a lot of time to spend in the garden when it was dry before jumping straight into planting. With the weather being so warm this year, I really didn’t have any excuses. I picked up 10 bags of Sta-Green Garden Soil from Lowes and worked two bags into the five beds that haven’t already had something planted. By the end of the day, those beds looked pretty good and ready for planting.
So, my seedlings have not been looking good since I transplanted them into the bigger pots. I tried more water. I tried less water. I moved them outside to the deck where they could get some fresh air and real sun. Nothing I did seemed to help.
What to try next? Well, with the warm weather we have been having I figured what the heck, let’s just plant them in the garden and see if that helps. So today, Easter Sunday, I decided to go ahead and plant half of the tomato seedlings. I’ll try and nurse the remaining inside as a backup should a freeze or frost still happen this spring.
Before I get too far ahead of myself though, I needed to update the new garden planting plan for 2017. Below is my plan for this year.
Today I planted two plants of each of the three tomato varieties, Brandy Boy Hybrid, Oh Happy Day Hybrid, and Cherry Baby Hybrid. In addition to the tomatoes, I also planted some more seasonally appropriate vegetables. I planted the Sugar Snap Peas, Radish and more lettuce.
Today I got a chance to finish transplanting the rest of the seedlings into some larger pots. Since the weather was much nicer today, I took advantage of doing the task outside on the deck. Eight more tomato plants and two of the lettuce plants scored an upgrade. Four of the lettuce seedlings were left over and instead of finding some place inside to cram them, I figured I’d let them take a chance out in the garden. With 70 degrees today, a forecast with snow on Friday morning and then back to 70+ on Sunday, it might be a bit too early but we’ll see how they do out there with the onion plants.
In news from the past garden season, tonight’s dinner featured sweet potato fries from last year and canned green beans from the year before that.