The 2013 garden is officially planted. Hurray!
Note: This is a long post with lots of “repetitive” photos. I will post an “official” diagram and list of seed varieties separately.
On April 21, I raked the soil in the garden plot ’til it was smooth(er). We measured carefully and added the trellises for the cucumbers and the stakes for the tomatoes in the proper spacing (3 feet on the long axis and 2 feet on the short axis). You can also see the stakes for the fencing in this photo:
After that was accomplished, Husband installed some (hopefully) rabbit-proof fencing. This wire fencing (which comes on a roll) has increasingly small spacing from top to bottom to prevent the smaller “rodents” from getting through. We’ll see how it works. There are bunnies all over the yard in the evenings, and I’m hoping that my garden won’t become a smorgasbord for them. It’s not as pretty as a non-fenced garden, but I think it’s a necessity. It is hard to see in this photo, but you can see its shimmer at the closest corner:
We bought some mulch, which I’ve found to be pretty important for keeping the soil from drying out quickly… and it also dramatically keeps the weeds at bay. I spread it out that evening and took some photos the next morning:
Right after I’d put down the mulch, I direct-sowed my cucumber and zucchini seeds. The cucumbers will grow (hopefully) up the trellises, and the zucchini plants will be in front of them.
As of the writing of this post (April 30), I haven’t seen any sign of sprouts. I did plant some extras this weekend (April 28) and mixed in a bit of random potting soil I had on hand because I was concerned that the soil may have dried out.
P.S. The big white tube thing is a downspout diverter. We are trying to come up with a solution so that it’s not as ugly… maybe a rain barrel? Not sure if that would be better…
Oooh oooh oooh! I have herbs! While we were picking up the mulch, we saw that they were on sale at our local Home Depot. In addition to the basil I already had, I planted thyme, dill, and curly parsley (R to L) in a wooden box planter that we secured to our back porch railing:
You may recall that I originally intended to have my herb garden on my kitchen counter, but after trying to keep some plants alive there earlier this spring, I discovered that it isn’t as sunny there as I’d thought. This box of herbs is right outside the door to the porch from our kitchen, so I will have easy (no-shoes-necessary) access. Plus, it’s nice and high and out of critters’ reach.
This Sunday morning (April 28), before church (which ended up being a good plan, because by the time we got home, the sun had gone away and it was raining!), I planted my tomatoes. I decided to risk planting them out a bit early, since they were looking sort of anemic in their cups:
I have two of each variety in the ground now:
What, you can’t see them? Haha, I know. But they are there! I promise. I’m hoping that they have been doing okay this week. We’ve had some nice, gentle (as far as I can tell), soaking rain, but it’s been a bit chilly. I think the sunshine is coming back soon, though! Hurray! I’m excited to see my plants grow.