I got my garden in this weekend! I meant to do it last weekend but chores, errands, and rain got in the way. We had beautiful spring weather on Sunday so right after church, I made my way to Home Depot and then to my favorite local nursery and stocked up.
As this is my third year planting a garden, the soil needed a little bit of work to get it ready. Last month, my dad brought over several bags of cow manure and we tilled up the soil, removed the rocks that seem to grow during the winter, and spread the manure.
This year I’m taking my own advice and only planting one basil plant. The last two years have left me with more basil than I could ever dream of eating, so hopefully this one will be a good producer and I can keep up with the growth. I also pulled up one of my parsley plants. They were both so huge (over 2.5 feet tall!) that one was starting to chock the other. Plus I needed the room to be able to grow everything I wanted to grow this year. My rosemary from two years ago is still doing fabulously.
This year I planted zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, and five varieties of tomatoes – black cherry, sweet 100s, better boy, German giant, and beefsteak. I’ve also got some marigolds in as they attract the right kind of bugs. My garden is small so I only planted one plant of each, but if last year is any indication, I will be getting tomatoes until the first frost. I’m hoping to have better luck with my cucumbers and zucchini this year as last year was very disappointing. I think I ended up with maybe 5 of each and had to pull the plants before high summer because they stopped producing. I think I may have had a problem with bugs, so I’ll have to do some organic pest killing. I’ve found some good recommendations on Pinterest. I also don’t know if I should stake or cage my cucs and zucchini. Any suggestions?
I’ll try to be good about providing you all with some updates throughout the growing season. I’m excited (as is Caty) that I can spend some time outdoors babying my veggies and flowers. Caty is glad it’s warm so she can snack on grass and roll around on the driveway.
Are planning on a garden this year? Have you planted anything yet?