It’s garden time again. The first couple of weekends in April we spent constructing our raised bed garden and planting a few hearty vegetable plants.
Last year we had done a small raised bed, 4 foot in diameter. We wanted to expand our garden this year as our tomato bush nearly took over the entire circle last year. So we bought another raised bed kit and dirt to fill it, or at least we thought we had enough dirt. After a few more trips to Home Depot, a third raised bed kit and MANY more bags of top soil and humus/manure we have our garden set up.
We used a combination of starter plants and seeds for our garden as we don’t have the indoor space to grow everything from seed. Here is what we are planting this year:
- Broccoli (starter plant)
- Carrots (seed)
- Cucumbers (seed)
- Onions, Red (starter plant)
- Onions, Scallions (seed)
- Onions, Yellow (starter plant)
- Peppers, Jalapeños (starter plant)
- Peppers, Sweet Bell (starter plant)
- Radishes (seed)
- Romaine Lettuce (starter plant)
- Strawberries (last year’s plant and new starter plants)
- Tomatoes, Beefsteak (starter plant)
- Tomatoes, Cherry (starter plant)
We are also trying some herbs from seed:
Phase 1, April 9th-10th
We set up the raised beds and filled them with top soil and a combination of humus and manure. We planted the broccoli, lettuce, onions and strawberry plants and sowed the carrot, radish and scallion seeds.
Transplanting for Phase 2, April 20th
We took advantage of the warm weather and transplanted our tomato and pepper plants to larger pots so that they can continue to grow until we transfer them outside. We are keeping these inside until the temperatures get a little warmer.