I’ve been harvesting something about every other day recently, most of which has been zucchini. I have been updating the Plan page with the yields as they come in, which so far are what I expected. The bean plants still look a little off, but I am harvesting something from them now so I think I will just take what I can get and not worry about it this year. The tomatoes look awesome, and I actually have peppers this year!
The broccoli and pea seeds I planted for the fall have already sprouted which makes me excited for what I might be able to get in the fall.
I think there is going to be a battle between the squash and the broccoli. The broccoli plants are mature and encroaching on the space around them, and the squash is starting to do what it does, and that is spread. The tomato plants are growing by what seems to be inches every day. The daily romaine and lettuce salads with peas and broccoli are quite rewarding and a reminder of just how easy it is. They also help keep me motivated to go out and keep the weeds at bay.
I didn’t realize how quickly everything would take-off when I was planning the layout and what to plant. I knew some would shade others, but am now witnessing why precision is important when direct sowing seeds. There is nothing major wrong, but things can get crowded quickly if not spaced properly.
Just trying to keep bugs and fungi away from the plants. The recent sunny days have been nice after the week or so of rainy, cold weather. The tomato and squash are still on a day to day basis, but all of the cold weather plants are taking off. Note to self, plant tomato and summer squash later next year.
Broccoli and Romaine
Tomato plant, with fungus?
In the last week, I haven’t done much with the garden. It rained a few days so watering hasn’t been an issue, and everything seems to be growing well. The plan for this week is to get the cucumber, bean, and dill seeds planted, as well as to transplant the tomato, squash, and lettuce plants. After that, it looks like I will be close to being done with planting.
Here are the pictures that I couldn’t take yesterday.
Broccoli, radishes, and romaine.
Broccoli and Radish
Lettuce, Broccoli, and Peas
I don’t have any pictures to post at the end of this week since it has been raining all day, but I was able to get out this weekend and plant more lettuce and romaine seedlings, along with radish, carrot, and spinach seeds. It sounds like it should be subsiding overnight, so I will try to get some pictures posted tomorrow.
Even thought the rain is keeping me (mostly) indoors, it looks like it is doing wonders for what’s in the ground. I think the broccoli is about twice as big as it was a week ago, and the first radish and lettuce plants are taking off. I have a feeling I will see some onion plants soon even though the sets were planted in the last two days. I am also looking forward to getting the tomato and pepper plants fully acclimated and ready to plant.
I decided to create a new category called “Weekly Update” to easily access the posts I usually add each weekend. These usually contain more detailed pictures and descriptions of what I noticed and was able to accomplish for the previous week. They also might have an idea of what I want to try to accomplish for the next week.
Here are some pictures of the squares that are showing signs of life. These were taking last night, and unfortunately I think my pepper plant may have took a turn for the worse. This morning it is all shriveled and droopy. I probably should be bringing it in at night when it gets cold. I guess if it does die I will just go back to Lowe’s and buy another one.
Onions and Peppers
Broccoli and Romaine
Peas, Lettuce and Broccoli
Other than the trellis netting, the bed construction is completely finished. I hooked up the irrigation, installed the grid, and set up the deer net on the remaining three beds. It won’t be long, and I should be eating delicious, ripe vegetables straight from my garden!
Beds - Early April