How Does Your Garden Grow?

With Tigerella tomatoes and Emerald Grande Bell peppers and Romanesco broccoli all in a row…

This weekend, I finally got a garden planted. I’ve been really stressed about getting my seedlings in the ground before they got so big they needed to be repotted and the weather got too hot to transplant. Since the move, I’ve obviously had to figure out a new plan for my garden. At Granny’s house we had a large plot that my Dad and Granny used to plant in. The soil here is loamy and always produces good yields. It had been a couple of years since it had been planted in or even managed as far as mowing so a friend of my dad’s, who lives down the road, agreed to come down and plow and disc the garden for the cost of fuel. He managed to get it done in a day and I have to say it looks really beautiful after seeing it as overgrown as it was. We had to pull a lot of rocks, trees and thorns out but that’s normal. I spent today, Mother’s Day, hoeing rows, putting up a trellis and planting seedlings.

Back in March I had started several plants with the hopes of putting them in the ground by late April to early May. Here it is the middle of May but, hey, we still have the promise of a successful garden! Once I knew that I was going to have to move I didn’t start anything else so, aside from tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers, I’m going to direct seed the rest of the garden.

I didn’t really have a whole lot of time to plan but I did draw out a simple plan to kind of guide me and then I decided to just wing it from there. My rows aren’t straight, there still rocks in there that I didn’t get, and lots of grass that will have to be dealt with but we have plants in the ground and the promise of a beautiful, organic, heirloom Garden. That, in itself, makes me so incredibly happy.

Granny helped out a lot in the Garden today. She really enjoyed following me through the rows and watering plants as we went along. We talked about my garden plan and every time I told her what I was planting and why and when and what companion plants I was using she would clasp her hands together and say “yes that’s good, that’s good”. Granny always raised a garden when I was younger amd later helped me and Dad with our own. She was no stranger to working between the rows, even getting down on her knees and pulling out weeds no matter her age.

This week, I hope to get seed planted for some beautiful Indian corn varieties, glass gem and bloody butcher, as well as three varieties of carrots, 2 different onions, perpetual spinach, and 3 different kinds of pumpkins. I’ll also be sowing nasturtiums, basil, calendula, and sunflowers as companion plants.

Keep an eye out for an update as the gardens growth takes off in the beautiful summer sun and, later, as we begin to harvest and preserve what I can only hope to be an abundant bounty.

Peace, love and cheesecake!!!

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