Posts Tagged ‘planting’

Summer officially has begun — the race to fresh veggies is on

I always feel a certain sense of satisfaction when my garden is finally planted. And so it is. I spent the last two evenings first tilling under the weeds that had grown since the first go-round in April, then planting several more rows of peas, lettuce (photo below) and onions, plus beans, carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower and potatoes.

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And, of course, I planted tomatoes. I am thrilled to say I broke my pattern of buying the biggest
tomatoes I could find in order to get ripe ones by early July. For those of you counting, that’s the third thing I pledged to do differently this year — the others being not tilling and planting everything in an eight-hour period and planting a few early crops.

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Some quick garden pics

A little more than two weeks after the early veggies were planted and they’re showing signs of life. It took a little longer than I thought for the peas and lettuce to peek out of the ground, but they slowly are. The onions also look like they’re off to a good start.

The weeds do, too, unfortunately! And the rain, while much needed for the veggies, is helping the weeds plenty, too. Already the spring/summer tug of war between THEM and me begins. Who will win? It’s hard to say, but I’ll try my best to rid the garden of those evil things.

Here are a few photos of my garden’s early veggies. Look hard enough and you’ll see them between the weeds.

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There really are two rows of onions among the weeds. I plan to plant a few more rows in a week or two, too.

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Summer 2011, what didn’t work: No love for zucchini here

Actually, it wasn’t that the zucchini didn’t do well in the garden last summer. It did way, way, way too well! I’ve heard others say that it just keeps giving and giving, and it did. Once again — like my neighbor’s advice that corn wouldn’t grow in my garden — I didn’t listen. Plus, it turned out no one in the family really liked it. Couldn’t give it away either. Won’t. Plant. It. Again. Ever.
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