I should have done this every year I’ve had a garden, log the sewing of seeds and plantings and photograph the progress with notes so that in following years I learn from mistakes.
I began this year’s garden a little late due to cold weather and outside events that prevented an early start; but I did start with wonderfully prepared garden beds that had been deliberately left fallow through 2014 except for Oregano that just will not stop prospering and a Fig Bush left over from a Fig Tree that was badly damaged in a snow storm years ago.
On April 2nd, 2015 I sewed from seeds, four small areas: mesclun mixed lettuces, cilantro, and multi-colored carrots.
April 5th: sewed from seeds a row of swiss chard and weeded some more of the first garden bed.
Late April: noticed swiss chard, mesclun lettuces and cilantro coming up; no sign of carrots.
On May 9th: took this photo of the baby lettuces (mesclun mix) that had come up so beautifully and a photo of the young swiss chard…
May 19th: planted 4 varieties tomato plants, 3 zucchini, 2 yellow squash, 2 Indian corn, 5 basils (one purple), and thai pepper plant.
May 20th: planted two varieties of corn seeds, basil seeds, more mesclun and lettuce seeds, more swiss chard seeds, more cilantro seeds; we gave up on the carrots which never surfaced.
May 24th: planted watermelon seeds, cantaloupe seeds, sugar snap pea seeds, green bean seeds, acorn squash seeds, cucumber seeds, thai chili pepper seeds, and garlic bulbs. Also thinned out Fig Bush, mowed, watered garden, accidentally killed thai chili pepper.
May 25th: planted baby rosemary
May 26th: planted four more tomato plants from Rick and Carla’s seeds (small plants), noticed corn coming up.
May 29th: planted chocolate mint in the mint bed behind the house (not in the garden proper).
May 30th: planted beet seeds, pinched lower tomatoe branches, noticed cucumbers, peas, watermelons, musk melons, basil, and beans coming up. Planted replacement Thai chili pepper plant.
May 31st: Yay! The acorn squash seeds are sprouting!
June 3rd: heavy rain, 1-2 inches over whole day; the beet seeds sprouting already.
June 6th: Some photos…
June 7th: Plant more green bean seeds since so few sprouted. Add second string for peas and beans to climb on.
June 9th: Took some photos to document the progress…
June 13th: Garlic is visible now.
June 14th: Planted kale seeds. Zuchinni and Squash are flowering.
June 18th: Finished the mailbox bed.
June 20th: Kale sprouts are visible. Big storms and deer get through fence, the vermin chomped on some tomatoes and marigolds.
June 21st: Repaired fence, braced corn and tomato plants back up from storm.
June 27th: We have zucchini!
June 29th: We have yellow squash and the Thai chili seeds have sprouted!
July 2nd: Harvested Zucchini and Yellow Squash, and enjoying a steady stream of mesclun mixed lettuces, chard, oregano, rosemary, and basil.
July 14th: Harvested more Zucchini, Basil, Oregano, Rosemary. Snap Peas are visible on the vines, as are green beans. We have corn cobs, and cucumbers, and a Thai chili pepper! The second attempt at carrots is more successful.
July 16th: harvested first cucumbers, green beans, and sugar snap peas! There really is nothing like a fresh snap pea, yum! Also harvested more zucchini, mesclun lettuces, basil, oregano, thyme. Something ate my kale sprouts and beet sprouts again, damn.