These may be terribly boring for anyone to read, but it’s a good way for me to measure my progress, and record my trials and triumphs as a beginning gardener.
While I’ve grown tomatoes and cucumbers religiously for the past 10 years, even with them I feel I have a lot to learn. And I think I’ve mentioned my love for zucchini, and apparently I’m the only one who can’t grow them. Hopefully this year is my year!
Baby zucchini! I lost track of which seed were what when I transplanted everything, but it looks like I have about 4 zucchini plants and a couple yellow squash that survived. I don’t see any cucumbers, so I will need to buy a few starts to plant.
Yellow squash. The leaves on this plant were a bit yellowed also. I’m not sure what that means. Maybe a lack of nutrients? I put down an all-purpose organic vegetable fertilizer, so hopefully that will help.
It’s our first time using irrigation to water our garden, and holy weeds!! Right now they are so small they are ridiculously hard to pick, but they are massive in numbers! I’m not really sure what my plan of attack is going to be. I laid down grass clippings as mulch, but I’m either too late for this, or need a ton more, because when I checked this morning, they were just growing right through them. I also am not sure if all the grass clippings will make the soil too heavy in nitrogen? I know that tomatoes and squash both need plenty of calcium, so I may need to add in something to help balance that.
Speaking of tomatoes=). I started a ton on my windowsill, but I was a little late in the year I think. I will still throw them in the ground and hope for the best, but I wanted to get a few larger plants as well. I couldn’t resist this Early Girl with tomatoes already on it!
I transplanted a few of my strongest looking tomato and bell pepper starts, and the rest are outside getting ready to transplant next week. If nothing else, I’ll pretend it’s not laziness for everything not being planted at the same time, and we’ll call it successive gardening!
The strawberries are ripening, and my neighbor pointed out that he has to worry about the birds eating his. Sure enough, when I checked on my babies, a lot of them had been pecked. I made a quick trip to home depot for a bird net that has been helping, but I am still hoping I caught them in time to get a decent amount of berries.
I don’t think I’ll have to worry about raspberries! I’m so excited, there are TONS of them, my favorite!
The 4 new blueberry plants are looking fabulous as well! The one existing and the one I had brought in my planter have a couple berries, but not as many as I’d like. They are both younger plants, so maybe next year?
The grape vines all looked pretty wimpy and sad when we moved in, but they are now sporting real grape clusters!
Nectarines coming along nicely.
And my tiny peach tree which I still need to thin out really well. I need to get on that, before I have to report back that I lost my tree due to the weight. There are sooo many peaches! It seems so counter-intuitive to remove them, but I keep telling myself it’s the right thing to do for the long term!
Any tips or tricks for me? I want so badly for everything to grow this year! And I like to keep my plants as organically grown as possible, but I know it’s likely I’ll have to spray my squash at the very least to keep the squash bugs from destroying them. Those are nasty little buggers! And really, we fertilize the grass, and now my clippings are in the garden, but still, it must be better than conventionally grown!