April 2012 Garden Update
To say I’m busy is an understatement–I almost have more posts than I have days and time! That’s good, it just means I’m a little behind and always have 14 drafts waiting.
Here is how my garden has been doing:
These are my vegetables I started from seed. These pics were taken at the end of March.
I’m also trying to grow some perennial flowers from seed to put in my front garden bed. This is what they looked like at the end of March.
At this stage and size, it’s time to thin. I plant 2-3 seeds in each pot, but to give the plant the best chance of growing healthy and strong, it’s important to remove the competition. Steel yourself, take your scissors, and make some tough choices.
My goal is to grow the shortest, stockiest plants. So I almost always keep the smallest one!
Here are my trimmings. Looks like a lovely salad, or a plant graveyard.
Two weeks later (mid-April), and check out the growth! I have been watering with plant food/fertilizer.
Look how lovely my tomatoes, peppers, and parsley are! Notice how the tomatoes have thick stems and are spreading out more than up. I think this batch is my best yet!
Out in the garden, my broccoli transplants are growing well. The peas finally came up. I just added an awesome trellis to this bed, and updated my irrigation. Watch for those posts (that makes 16 drafts!).
And last but not least, my onions. When they were a little shorter than this, I fertilized them. They LOVE IT! Two weeks later, and they are twice as tall. I’ve found fertilizer is really the key to getting great onions. The faster the “leaves” grow, the more time they have to develop bulbs.
Everyone who sees this asks “An entire bed of onions?” Yes, it’s true. Last year I stored 5 “legs” of onions, and we used them all by January. I had the extra space, so I decided to grow something I knew we’d eat.