May 2013 Garden Update
My garden is planted and in full swing! I have some photos showing my progress–from 2 weeks ago and again last Friday.
Here is my broccoli, planted April 6th. You have to look closely to see it!
And here is the same bed two weeks later. You can see the four broccoli plants, one eggplant toward the bottom, onions on the right, and a little cilantro. I’ve also planted pumpkins and squash on the ends by the trellis.
This is my spring garden bed, you can see kale on the left and parsley in the middle. Also planted as seeds (but you can’t see the tiny sprouts) are green onions, spinach, turnips, beets, radishes, and parsnips.
This close up is the green onions. Instead of growing from seeds, I cut the ends off some green onions from the store, leaving 1″, and planted them in the garden. This gives me a huge head start!
Here’s the same garden bed two weeks later. I realize that I also turned on my irrigation during this period, which made a huge difference!
Here’s my bed with onions–I will plant the rest with potatoes (today!), and fertilize the onions.
I finally got around to planting my warm weather veggies, but it was still cool at nights. So I used the Wall O Water. So far, they are LOVING it, and growing really well. I have two Roma tomatoes in this garden bed, four peppers, and more peas and cucumbers in the front. You can see I still need to put up the trellis netting.
Two more Romas here, and I will be planting a Pink Brandywine and Purple Cherokee I started from seed. They aren’t quite ready to go outside yet. I had some volunteer cilantro, and planted it in the empty spots.
This bed looks boring–it’s my corn. I am showing off my new grids, made with 48″ pieces of wood from the hardware store, cost 55 cents each. I painted them, screwed it together and now I have pretty grids. This is WAY cheaper than anything else I’ve found to divide my beds.
And there it is! I’m really excited for all the progress. I’ve been a little slow this year, but the weather has stayed so cool, I don’t feel I’ve missed out on much.
I do drop irrigation. Read more here and here.
Corn takes a lot of space and I didn’t have much success when I grew it. I’ll report on how well it does this year!
Lookin’ good! Our growing season is almost over. It’s too hot to grow much here in FL. Enjoy your garden!
Have you grown corn before? I live in Kaysville and have tried it 2 years in a row. I do 2, 4×4 boxes near each other. One corn plant per square. The stalks grow great, I get corn ears and then everything turns yellow and dies early before the corn fully ripens. I fertilize regularly and water. Any suggestions? I would not like to give up, but given the amount of space it takes in my garden, I am considering not trying corn this year.
What did you use for your irrigation system? I have way too many squares for the cup o’ water system. And bending over with the hose trying not to get the leaves wet is killing my back. Probably too late to do something this year, but I’ll start looking into it for next.