I live in the northeast and in my area, May 15th is the magical last date of potential frost. On May 15th, local gardeners venture outside to plant their tender gardens and flowers.
I wrote a few weeks ago about how I was converting my 4 X 12 foot box garden where I planted randomly to a gridded square foot garden where I planted deliberately.
By following the garden philosophy of Mel Bartholomew and his book All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!, I could now potentially plant 48 plants in the same box where I used to plant around 15.
In April, I planted some cold weather vegetables, such as carrots, lettuce, spinach, arugula, sugar snap peas and broccoli.
On May 15, I planted 4 tomatoes (roma, grape, big beef, celebrity), 1 tomatillo, 1 jalapeno, 1 yellow sweet pepper, 2 squares of beans, dill, flat parsley, pineapple sage, sweet basil, lemon verbena, rosemary. I sprinkled in some marigolds to help stave off the pesky bunnies. Because my mint is so invasive in this box, I kept the last 2 rows or 8 squares for the mint.
I wanted to plant some bush beans and this purple variety intrigued me, mainly because my girls’ favorite color is purple. They are an heirloom variety that turns deep forest green when cooked and are good frozen.
I planted 2 blueberry bushes last year and they are growing nicely. Although I have a fence around them to protect from the bunnies and a net to protect from the birds.
Do you remember my post on my new topsy turvy strawberry planter? Well I had to move the planter. I had it on a shepherd’s hook that wasn’t able to handle the weight, so we nailed a hook to the shed and it is holding it up well. I bought an ever-bearing strawberry variety and they are growing well, but no flowers yet. I’m not sure when to expect them and I’m also not sure if I should even expect many berries this year.
Do you have your garden planted? How does it look? Did you try anything new this year? Let us know in the comments.
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