I’m going to try to keep track of what I do in the garden this year. Seems like the blog is easy to let fall by the wayside. But if I can log what I’m doing (both right and wrong), maybe I can make some progress next time.
I’ve rearranged the beds this year. In the south bed, there are two cherry tomato plants, two eggplants, a pepper, basil, dill, summer squash, lettuce, bush beans and a couple of squares of corn. I’m late on getting everything in, but it’s all there and should have sufficient time to produce. I’m going to just keep planting a row of lettuce every other week to month or so throughout the summer, and try to keep what is already growing shocked enough to not bolt. I planted a summer hearty leaf lettuce.
The north square has more corn, a big boy tomato, strawberries, cucumber, bush bean, and winter squash. Outside the square I have a zucchini against the porch and cilantro and spicy oregano in pots.
Water and Fertilizer
We’ve had very little rain this year, which is good from the standpoint that I haven’t had to mow much, but bad from the standpoint that if it keeps up, I’ll be watering the garden myself. I water only when the soil gets dry, to where I can’t feel moisture more than a couple of inches down into the bed when I stick my finger in. It amounts to watering every four or five days, I suppose. But the squares with seedlings get it more often, as do the potted plants, which need it every day or two. Fortunately we’ve had cool weather.
I added lime to the garden last fall to neutralize pH, and then sprayed it with Miracle-Gro this spring. I’ve also used a fertilized compost. My plan is to use Miracle-Gro once every week or two for the first month. This should encourage vigorous leaf and stalk growth, which is my strategy for the early stage. Then I will switch over to monthly applications of compost/manure. I don’t want to spray the garden so much that it affects the critters down in the soil, but I want the plants to get a good head start foliage-wise, before letting them focus more of their energy into producing fruit.
Potted Cilantro & Oregano