Posted by Emily
So much has happened this year in the garden! I planted seeds and seedlings, thinned those plants that needed thinning and fertilized with organic fertilizer. I put up the tomato cages. We have even picked some lettuce, spinach, arugula and swiss chard and enjoyed it with friends. I want to share with you some photos to get you up to date on the status of the garden this year.
First off, let me show you the seedlings in April before I planted them in the garden. We started broccoli, basil, peppers, and tomatoes inside this year. Plants that have a growing season that is longer than what our climate allows for require indoor planting. If you started tomato seeds outside, for example, it would be winter again before they bore fruit.
I waited until Early May to plant the seedlings, because you want to make sure there is not going to be any really cold nights that could kill your plants. If you get an early spring frost, it can be disastrous. To plant the seedlings, I like to dig all of the holes first for any given type of plant. This way I can see how everything is going to space out. I like the plants to be nice and evenly spaced. The tomato plants should be put into the ground at an angle (see photo). Extra roots will grow out of the side of the stem that is covered by soil and down into the ground. The top of the stem will straighten out towards the sun, and you end up giving your plants a really nice foundation. These next photos are from early May when I put the seedlings in the ground. I also bought some seedlings at the store (lettuce, arugula, kohlrabi, cabbage, swiss chard, and kale) and put them in the ground. Additionally, I planted several things from seed. I planted beets, carrots, spinach, and green beans from seed first. I waited to put the zucchini, pumpkin and cucumber seeds into the ground until the soil warmed up a bit (end of May). These types of seeds won't germinate until the soil is warm and they may rot if you put them in the ground too early. I'll post a picture below of the cute plants that have come up in this department.
And finally, let me show you what the garden looks like now. I just took these pictures today. I am so happy with how things are coming out. We had a couple of 90 degree days when Bobby and I were away in North Carolina and some of the green bean leaves got a little sun burnt. The basil might not be loving all of the rain we've been getting. But other than that, everything has been wonderful! I love having organic vegetables to pick at night and have for dinner. Bobby and I had sautéd swish chard last night for dinner (I'll share that recipe with you later this week). Hope you are all having success in your home gardens. A new saying that Bobby and I have been using lately - "Make it fun, and get it done!" Super cheesy, I know! Get off my back! :)