Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Garden Update : May 2013

The garden is coming along well this year!
It was my goal to start everything by seed, and so far, I have been able to do just that.  Not only is it less expensive, I am able to see what each vegetable looks like when it comes out of the ground (so I can recognize them in the future, or even in the compost pile!)

For the first time ever, Todd is helping out with the garden and it has made a huge difference.
In the beginning, he would do the brunt of the work and leave me to pulling weeds, planting, and picking the veggies which I would grow tired of pretty quickly.  Now, he is helping with tilling, pulling weeds, planting, and tilling some more because this is the biggest garden we have ever grown (I say that every year, but it’s true!). 

Main Garden Area May 2, 2013
A few weeks back, I mentioned to Todd that I didn’t think our garden was going to be big enough for all the seeds I purchased and planned on planting.  At the same time, he was complaining about a part of our yard that always flooded when it rained and he was tired of dealing with it.  So…he got out the tiller, built up the ground (with some ashes from a few of our burn piles) and made a new area for me to plant the huckleberry bushes (by seed), cantaloupe, watermelon and pumpkin! (I forgot to take a picture of this new area.)

I was able to plant peas, broccoli, cauliflower, mustard greens, brussel sprouts, onions, carrots, leeks and several different varieties of lettuce in early May.  This is what we have coming up in the garden now:

Grape Vines (and a dog tail)
Peas (2 rows)

Mustard Greens / Lettuce


Green Beans (130+ seeds!)


Squash (2 varieties)

Added Bonus from last year.
Either pie pumpkin or spaghetti squash.

Added Bonus #2 From Last Year : Peas
 (many of them throughout the garden)

I love this time of year when the trees get their leaves, the garden is beginning to grow and the sun is showing its face longer throughout the days.

There is still a lot of work to do in the garden and many weeds to pull, but we are enjoying it!

How is your garden doing so far this season?


  1. Wow I am jealous of your garden!
    I will try to rank those crops in terms of my faves:
    3) pumpkin
    4) carrots
    5) peas
    6) lettuce

    and the rest about equal. It *ALL* sounds SO good though!! :)

    1. The vegetables you rank as your faves are the hardest to grow and take alot of time! :-) OK, they arent hard to grow, but they take up alot of space in the garden (and you cannot really container garden with #1,2 or 3). The easiest are the peas and lettuce. :-)

      I realize we are only at June 1st, but I am thinking next year, we are going to keep it simple with corn, zukes, green beans, cukes, peas, tomatoes, and maybe 1 or 2 "fun" items. All of these items grow quickly and abundantly, and we eat them the most.

  2. Beautiful garden! Hope you are enjoying your summer!