The Garden at Four and Eight Weeks In
This is my first year with a yard garden. I’ve grown the small stuff you can do in containers in apartments, which was great, but it’s not the same thing as having a yard to walk barefoot in and tend to a wide variety of larger plants that aren’t always feasible in apartment living. I am learning so much and a lot of this regular picture taking is for me to learn from and have a record of how things went, but I figured you might like to see how things are going – as well as some of the issues we have been having.
The Raised Bed
What a difference four weeks can make! Despite an opossum bedding down in the potatoes one stormy night the raised bed is bursting with vegetation. (See the new cucumber earthbox in the corner?) You can hardly see the cabbage through the potatoes now but they have gotten enormous and sadly they attracted aphids. Remember that Virginia creeper Ana keeps on the back fence? Well, it attracts a large variety of birds for the home and for the food it provides. Much to our surprise the sparrows that keep coming around absolutely love the aphids – eat them all straight up!
Carrots – From those spindly-little-took-forever-to-surface sprouts at four weeks to this lush carrot forest at eight!
Apple Mint - Ana’s apple mint is taking over – we just have to keep Mr. Teddy away from it!
Cilantro – We started the cilantro seedlings in a converted juice carton. Planted in their own pot the cilantro is bushing out nicely, which is a good thing as it is probably the favorite herb of every member of our house (… except Teddy – see above photo).
Peas – At four weeks this was just before they started climbing on each other! With some strings and clips they are (more or less) straightening up and giving us delicious peas to eat!
Peppers, Tomatoes, and Eggplant - The first row of boxes got planted just a couple weeks ago – they include hot peppers, sweet peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes.
Cucumbers - Not yet a week since planting and the cucumbers are popping through the liner!
Brussels sprouts - The Brussels were added later in the season and were probably only in for a little over a week and a half at the time of the first two photos. We had to be rescue them (successfully) from slugs with the use of crushed up egg shells. Now two of the ones in the front are struggling a bit since being transplanted but otherwise they’re all barreling along.
Strawberries – By far our most productive plant so far and we’re loving it!