June Garden Update

 Broccoli (from seed), kale, swiss chard, kohlrabi, arugula, spinach (from seed) and lettuce. (Front to back.)

Broccoli (from seed), kale, swiss chard, kohlrabi, arugula, spinach (from seed) and lettuce. (Front to back.)

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.  

 This is the basil in late April - still indoors. 

This is the basil in late April - still indoors. 

 Broccoli in early April.  Had just been moved to larger cells. 

Broccoli in early April.  Had just been moved to larger cells. 

 Broccoli late April - still indoors. 

Broccoli late April - still indoors. 

 Tomatoes late April - still indoors. 

Tomatoes late April - still indoors. 

 Peppers late April - still indoors. 

Peppers late April - still indoors. 

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.     

 Spacing out the holes. 

Spacing out the holes. 

 Put your tomato plants on their side before burying them.  Don't worry, they'll straighten out. 

Put your tomato plants on their side before burying them.  Don't worry, they'll straighten out. 

 Tomato and pepper plants in the ground. 

Tomato and pepper plants in the ground. 

 Beans coming up!  They are getting so big now!  I'll show you another picture below. 

Beans coming up!  They are getting so big now!  I'll show you another picture below. 

 Basil in the box - and to be honest with you... it's not doing great now.  I think I might need to give it more sun.  Or, it might not be tolerating all of the rain we've been getting. 

Basil in the box - and to be honest with you... it's not doing great now.  I think I might need to give it more sun.  Or, it might not be tolerating all of the rain we've been getting. 

 Here's what the garden looked like in early May when I put the carrot, beet, green bean and spinach seeds in the ground with some store bought seedlings.  You can see my blueprint where I planned out the garden.  I like to figure out how much sun everything needs and how big the plants get and make a plan before I start to plant.  Plan, then plant! 

Here's what the garden looked like in early May when I put the carrot, beet, green bean and spinach seeds in the ground with some store bought seedlings.  You can see my blueprint where I planned out the garden.  I like to figure out how much sun everything needs and how big the plants get and make a plan before I start to plant.  Plan, then plant! 

 I used popsicle sticks to mark the rows.  Now that the plants have sprouted, it's easy to tell what they are.  But it's a good place holder while you're waiting.  Don't want to double plant a row! 

I used popsicle sticks to mark the rows.  Now that the plants have sprouted, it's easy to tell what they are.  But it's a good place holder while you're waiting.  Don't want to double plant a row! 

 Here's the baby greens bed - just wait until you see what it looks like now! (See first image in this post.) 

Here's the baby greens bed - just wait until you see what it looks like now! (See first image in this post.) 

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! :)

 Beans, beets, carrots, cabbage (front to back).  

Beans, beets, carrots, cabbage (front to back).  

 Tomatoes, peppers and zucchini.  (Front to back). 

Tomatoes, peppers and zucchini.  (Front to back). 

 Pumpkin mounds (three) and herb planters. 

Pumpkin mounds (three) and herb planters. 

 Baby cucumbers.  They'll grow up the fence when they are bigger.  

Baby cucumbers.  They'll grow up the fence when they are bigger.  

 Here's a wide shot of the garden.  Looking good I'd say! 

Here's a wide shot of the garden.  Looking good I'd say! 

 And here's a quick bonus... We planted this fig tree a couple weeks ago.  Bobby's parents have a fig tree in North Carolina and we love it so much we wanted our own.  We had to put stakes around it with deer netting because I am SURE the deer would love to eat this tiny tree.  When it's full grown, it should be 12 feet by 12 feet big! 

And here's a quick bonus... We planted this fig tree a couple weeks ago.  Bobby's parents have a fig tree in North Carolina and we love it so much we wanted our own.  We had to put stakes around it with deer netting because I am SURE the deer would love to eat this tiny tree.  When it's full grown, it should be 12 feet by 12 feet big! 

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