This weekend was a lot of things, updates on those in the coming days.
The big thing was to go ahead and get the garden started. We're much earlier this year than last so hopefully that will help with a much better harvest.
I got all the stuff I needed, the cages, the straw, the irrigation supplies and of course the plants (there's that Rubbermaid cart, I LOVE that thing!). I went to a local feed store and scored some of the veggie varieties that we wanted.
The beds were ready from a couple of weeks ago when I turned the soil and added to it so the first thing I did was plant the vegetable and herbs. Then I laid down the soaker hose and tested it. It worked (phew). I hooked it up to our timer so everything is being watered while we aren't there during the week.
Of course, the rainy season is coming so for a period of time this Spring, I can turn that off. Save the water!
|Raised beds with tomato cages|
Then I put the cages over the plants. We also love our red cages, ha.
The last thing to do was to put down the straw...
|4x8 raised bed|
I left space in this bed to make it easy to add some more next weekend (might plant seeds here for the root vegetables). There are two Ichiban eggplants at one end and two TAM jalapeños at the other end...
Two tomatoes here I this one. These are two new varieties for us, chosen after research online (and from dear friends with experience). They are the best for our area/climate, so we shall see!
|4x4 raised bed|
These are most of the herbs we'll use this season. 2nd Man makes a wonderful chicken with lemon thyme, and if the basil gets as big as the one last year, we'll have lots of basil for pesto and pasta sauces (that's why I put it in the middle). Of course we use oregano and parsley and chives all the time and we have a rosemary bush on the porch in a container so that's it for herbs.
Because I combined the eggplant into the pepper bed (last minute change in plans), that has freed up a raised bed.
|Raised bed garden|
I still have to plant the squash bed (have the squash but just ran out of irrigation soaker hose). We might forgo the Spring greens though, it's getting hot quicker than expected and greens might be too late so we'd go straight into planting two okra plants.
That will still leave us with one empty bed. Hmm...might put up the red trellis and try some cucumbers?
Let the growing begin!