Besides managing a Little League team and Cubmastering (Yes, that’s a word. Why? Because I made it so.) scouts and serving as chief cook, bottle washer, launderer, groundskeeper, chaperone, and confidant, I have been spending a lot of time getting our vegetable garden going. Repairs were needed after the brutal winter. Then it rained for a month. (No, not really. It just felt like it.) But we were growing seedlings in yogurt cups inside and I put in the snow peas between the raindrops.
We just finished the big transition over the last week or so and now all of our seedlings are in the beds and the seeds of the other plants are all in the ground as well. Thought I would take those interested on a spin around the 2011 version of this garden. In the northwest bed we have Detroit Dark Red Heirloom Beets, Scarlet Nantes Carrots, Peacevine Cherry Tomatoes, and Rattlesnake Pole Beans. It looks like this:
In the southwest bed, I have a forest of poles waiting for a jungle of Dow Purple Podded Heirloom Snap Pole Beans. Like so:
Left the middle open so I can step inside to harvest from there. I’ll get the rest from the perimeter paths. In the northeat bed we have Genovese Sweet Basil, Brandywine Heirloom Tomatoes, and Tangerine Pimiento Sweet Peppers. Ta da:
What? Don’t see them? That’s because the seedlings are still very, very tiny at the moment and are lost amid the leaves. I may take some close ups tomorrow. Finally, in the northeast bed, we have Oregon Giant Snow Peas and Early Moonbeam Watermelon. Like this:
The snow peas are climbing the trellis I made from a couple of poles with a scrap of deer fencing strung between them. The watermelons are in a row up the center of the photo, between the lamp posts. And, yes, for those paying attention, that’s cardboard and I’m using different ground cover material in each bed. It’s a learning garden, you see. Well, that and I don’t have enough cardboard for all four since I only used that last year.
All that’s left to do is a few pots filled with more herbs. Vegetable gardening wise. There’s more to do on flowers. We have several holes that need to be filled in. I might get to that tomorrow. In the meantime, here are a couple of gratuitous shots of roses since they’re all starting to bloom. Enjoy.