how does your garden grow may 17, 2011

by babhoyersh on May 17, 2011

Come here on Tuesdays to read about my vegetable garden project and share yours.

My Garden
may vegetable gardenWith all the rain this spring, our yard is so lush and green. I love looking at the tomato plants I found in New Jersey which look fabulous compared to the ones I bought at Home Depot. I have to pick lettuce and spinach every few days to keep the plants from bolting too soon. We harvested our first broccoli head on Sunday, and I’ll need to harvest 2 more tomorrow. Unfortunately, the cabbage worms have found the broccoli. The kids and I had fun hunting for worms and killing them in soapy water.

On the left is a view of our main vegetable garden. My husband is installing one of two bean fences. Originally, I had planned on growing snap peas and bush beans in the same bed, but my husband insisted on growing pole beans, Blue Lake to be exact. Unfortunately, I was only able to find organic Kentucky pole beans at Home Depot.

raspberry beds with new mulchThanks to a generous neighbor, I was able to mulch our raspberry bed in the back this weekend.

New Potato BedWe also mulched the 2 new potato beds next to the raspberry bed. We’ve been using this area as temporary vegetable beds, but never set up permanent raised beds. Maybe this fall, we’ll finally set the beds up. The potatoes in these beds were volunteers from last year that I missed when I was digging up last year’s crop in the fall. I had enough volunteers for 8 plants per bed. I also threw in a few pumpkin seeds next to the wall, along with some sunflower seeds. There’s a few lettuce plants and some bean seeds at the front of the 2 beds.

potatoes growing in a bucketThe potatoes growing in the 3 buckets are doing very well. I added about 4 to 5 inches of compost to the buckets, and the next day, the potatoes were already poking through the new layer. I need to add compost to the potato beds in our main garden, and that job has to wait on the rain this week.

pole bean support/trellisWe’re trying a new way of trellising beans this year. In the past, we’ve used concrete reinforcing wire to form an A frame support. However, in our garden, that takes up a lot of space. My husband took some leftover lumber from a project, and used twine to create a support. I’m not sure how strong this will be, especially if we have a lot of wind.

Share your vegetable garden progress in the comments!

Also part of the Homestead Barn Hop, Frugal Gardening 101, and Garden Tuesday.

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Just Trying To Save Money May 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Wow! Everything looks so great! I wish we had all of that! This is our second year and I am still afraid to go to big- I don’t want to overwhelm myself with too much to care for!!

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babhoyersh May 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I’ve been doing this for over 10 years, and when I first started I only had one son. Now I have 5 and I don’t get as much done. Definitely go slow, and maybe tuck some veggies into your flower beds to increase your harvest incrementally.

Beccas Southern Garden May 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Looks like you are gonna have some nice veggies. I like the way you did those garden beds along the length of the yard against the fence.

babhoyersh May 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Thanks! My plan is to go the entire length of the fence at some point which would involve moving a lilac and a few perennials. I was just out today looking at the broccoli. I’m going to have to pick it and freeze it this week. I can’t believe I’m freezing stuff already!

pam May 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm

We tried potatoes in a bucket last year and only ended up with a handful. Do you get lots?

babhoyersh May 18, 2011 at 4:15 am

This is our first time trying this method. I’ve done them in raised beds which take up a lot of space for a small harvest so far. I’m hoping the buckets are more productive.

Charlene @ A Virtuous Woman May 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Beautiful garden–and sounds productive, too! Mine is not progessing as much as I would have liked this spring, but we’ll see how it goes!

Corinnea May 18, 2011 at 6:28 am

Beautiful garden! I was not careful enough to prepare for my garden to actually grow…

This is my first year in a new place, I’m having fun but mostly winging it…

babhoyersh May 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Winging it is a perfectly fine way of trying things! :-)

zentMRS May 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm

What a gorgeous garden – I wish we had that kind of space… though I am afraid that if we did we wouldn’t have that kind of energy! ;-)

Tidy Brown Wren May 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Isn’t it amazing how compost works it’s magic in the garden?

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest May 19, 2011 at 9:30 am

Your garden looks great! I’m growing potatoes in a bag this year. I tried last year and hardly got anything but giving it a shot again.

babhoyersh May 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I’d love to hear how the bag growing goes. Are you using dirt or compost or something else?

Jen May 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I looked over my garden fence (after the ridiculous rain finally stopped) and saw some “volunteer” tomato plants… I will be moving them into my flower gardens Saturday – after our shopping trip of course!

babhoyersh May 21, 2011 at 4:34 am

Yeah! If all goes well with all the seeds I threw in the ground every where, you should be getting some produce from me this summer!

Meg May 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm

You have such an impressive garden! Very nice!

babhoyersh May 23, 2011 at 4:13 am

Thanks! It’s the product of over 10 years of work!

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