We are getting closer to growing food around here! If you’re just now joining me, I first blogged about building raised beds here, then I added dirt here and now I’m finally adding plants – exactly one month later. Not the fastest timeline ever, but I’m getting there. . .and I’m learning as I go. Notice the book on the edge of my raised bed – Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening – to help me figure out what to plant next to what!
I planted a little bit of everything. I probably planted it all too close and/or in the wrong place – only time will tell. All you seasoned gardeners are probably looking at my raised beds laughing at my follies – but I will figure it out! I’m determined. 🙂
- Lots of fava beans (seeds from my husband’s Grandpa!)
- Tomatoes – four varieties, one is cherry variety
- Sweet peppers
- Arugula, lots of arugula
- Sugar snap peas
- Snow peas
- Long beans
- Rainbow chard
- Butter leaf lettuce
- Red leaf lettuce
- Pickling dill
- Pickling cucumbers
- English cucumbers
- Bok choy
Okay, after typing that list out, I think it sounds a little ridiculous. I got a little plant happy at the Olympia Farmer’s Market last weekend. I spent about $50 on plants. I know I probably could have saved a bunch of money by growing by seed – but this year I’m picking my battles and opting to start with a little something. Hopefully I can harvest some of my seeds in the fall to use for next year! And I’m sure I’ll save a bundle by having my own organic vegetables to harvest this summer!
My garden, grow-your-own-food to do list. . .
- Find a home for my strawberry plants, which are growing baby fruits
- Find a home for the pumpkin plant
- Stake my tomatoes
- Plant some potatoes, some how – need to research
- Plant some garlic, onions and other root-like vegetables
- Make a lettuce garden, possibly using a wood pallet
- Plant a garden just for my kids to manage. They’ve picked out their seeds, just need to make another raised bed for them.
- Take a canning class (I have a Groupon voucher for a Seattle canning class – just need to schedule it!)
And while we’re talking plants, I thought I’d share my irises – I can grow those! For those of you who aren’t familiar – they are bulbs, they pop up on their own. Thank goodness!
How’s your garden coming along? I’d love to hear! What’s on your to do list?