My two little gardens have been planted, and I’m happy to report that things are growing.
After having moderate success with my first square foot gardening attempt, I decided to double my garden area. We added a second 4×4 tired garden plot and I got everything planted before Memorial Day.
I had every intention of starting plants from seeds, but the time got away from me. Or rather, I thought it would. Turns out we’ve had a pretty cool summer so far, and I probably had more time than I thought to plant seeds. I did plant carrots from seeds, and they’re just starting to poke their way up.
I bought my plants on a day one of my local greenhouses was offering everything for 20 percent off. Here’s what I’ve planted:
- Bush Beans
- Pole Beans
- Green Peppers
I have no experience growing beans of any kind whatsoever, so I decided to try both bush and pole beans to see what I liked more. My pole beans are just starting to climb my stakes. I love how their little tendrils wind around things. I’m hoping that where I put them isn’t too crowded. We shall see.
This is my first attempt with basil, too, so I can’t tell if it’s grown much, but it’s still alive, so I count that as a victory.
I had pretty good success with broccoli last year and so far, this year’s batch is healthy and looking good.
My green peppers are alive, but I’m not counting on any green peppers. Two things are affecting their growth – the cool weather and the fact that I forgot not to plant them toward the back of the garden. They’re getting overshadowed by my broccoli.
My tomatoes look pretty healthy and I already have a few flowers.
I think I planted my carrots a little too deep in the soil. It’s taken awhile for them to start popping up… and I keep looking at their spot and wondering “Carrot or weed?” I’m just going to have to be a little patient as I wait for them to grow.
I resisted the urge to plant zucchini this year since my neighbors (my parents) planted a bunch, and I’m still swimming in zucchini from last year. If my parents don’t share some of their bounty, I know that someone will be trying to unload some… or worst case scenario, I can buy it for pretty cheap later this summer.
My dear friend Ellie also brought me hostas from her house so that I could finally add something to front of my house. This is a major accomplishment since I’ve been promising to plant something there since we moved in 6 years ago. They survived their transplant, although something has been nibbling on them (probably our neighborhood bunny). I think in another summer or two, these hostas are going to fill in my front bed nicely.
The hostas have gotten me thinking more about flowers. My budget this year is pretty tight, so I stuck to the practical vegetable garden. But I do love having some color around. A lot of things are starting to go on sale, so I may have to plant a pot or two of flowers just to brighten things up.
This is another year that hasn’t been all that frugal for gardening, but most of what I’ve purchased has been an investment for future years.
- Garden bed: $95 (paid for with Swagbucks, so no actual money spent out of pocket)
- Garden dirt: $65
- Plants and seeds: $23.25
- Stakes and supports: $38
I’ve never had much of a green thumb, so watching my two little garden plots grow has been a lot of fun for me. I can’t wait until I can actually start harvesting!
How is your garden growing? What have you learned so far?