I should really start at the beginning. Back in April I told Paul that the only thing I wanted for our 30th Wedding Anniversary was for him to build me a square foot garden. I had been reading about square foot gardens all winter long and was thoroughly intrigued. I've grown herbs the past few years and last year I grew some monster tomato plants, but I hadn't had a real honest to goodness vegetable garden for a long, long time. Having quite a bit of shade in the yard, I wanted to start small with just one or two 4x4 frames. Paul ended up building 3 frames and I have some large containers as well filled with the sacred "Mel's Mix". So on April 10th, Paul created my square foot garden.
I spent the next two weeks planning my garden on graph paper. I planned cool weather crops, succession crops, I planned and I re-planned. I bought enough seeds to plant a few acres. In the end, I planted some seeds but I also had to resort to planting some purchased seedlings. I planted lettuce, arugula, peas, spinach, radish, carrot and beet seeds directly in the soil on April 23. On May 1st, I planted some cool weather seedlings...broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
The trusty old radio flyer came in handy to wheel the tender plants in and out of the garage.
|This is a picture taken on May 8th of one of my tomato plants....Wait until you see it on June 7th!!!|
By Memorial Day the radishes, spinach and half of the arugula had been harvested. This made room for some cucumbers, zucchini, and bush beans. I also started some more lettuce, spinach and arugula seeds hoping to get another crop before it gets too hot. So here is my garden on June 7th.
|My Gnomes protect my herbs in my recycled Weber Grill|
|Remember what these tomatoes looked like a month ago? They are going to be monsters!!!! I swear you can actually see them growing!|