I am at a standstill with the gardens today. My tomato and pepper plants are very much ready to be in the ground. I keep planning to do that, and then something comes up, which has turned out to be a very good thing, as we’re dipping close to freezing temperatures tomorrow evening. So they wait for just a few more days. They are all too big to fit under the lights anymore, so they’ve been going outside for the day, and coming in at night while cold and/or storms roll in. Here they are, basking in the sun.
This year I’m using surveyors tape to label my plants as they grow in the ground. The pepper plants get a bamboo skewer, the tomatoes will have the tape tied right to them when they go in the ground. Hopefully I’ll be able to get everyone labeled correctly.
Since those are on hold, I turned my attention to some herbs this past weekend. I filled a few pots for on the deck, and then tucked a lovage and peppermint plant into my community plot. I have more herbs to add yet, but this is a nice start.
And now for some pictures of my main garden here at home. We have discovered that Andy over-ordered the compost to fill the beds. We’ve worked compost in everywhere, and still have a big pile. He’s going to haul some over to my community garden tonight and tomorrow, which will be much needed over there. We have so much, though, and he had lumber on hand, so he spontaneously built another bed for me. This one is outside the fenced in garden, and we decided to put the sprouted potatoes in there from last fall. I have no idea if they will actually grow- I have terrible luck with potatoes. But if they don’t sprout soon I’ll figure something else out for the bed. The main purpose of this though is for garlic in the fall. Here you can see the new bed with the garden behind it.
See all those buckets filled with dirt? Those are what he is going to take over to the plot, and THEN we will probably still have enough dirt to fill them again with. I will then plant some extra peppers in the buckets- I’ve always wanted to try a few different things in buckets, so this is the perfect opportunity to try that.
Here’s another view looking down the length of the garden.
All that space in the ground is where I am going to plant some tomatoes. The rest of the tomatoes are going in the community plot. Today I plan to go out and staple down the landscape fabric in this space. That bed to the right with the pink flags in it holds my eggplants and a row of snap peas. I’ll have to cover that bed up for the next few nights. Eggplants do not like it cold! There is also plenty of space in this bed for cucumbers, and I’m thinking a row of bush beans right now.
And then one more view
You can see I’m going to have to do some serious weeding between the beds soon. The bed here in the middle has cauliflower, kale, collards and broccoli in it, as well as scallions and radishes. I am saving space in this bed for the cucumbers as well. To the left, where you see more pink flags, are a few peppers, as well as some Swiss Chard sprouts, and then a whole bunch of blank space for bush beans. The two beds in the back have lettuce, carrots, spinach and beets in them. Those beds get some shade at the end of the day from the trees next to the garden, and I’m really hoping to extend the lettuce season that way. Hopefully it works!