It’s been a little over three weeks since I got my garden started; it’s looking happier all the time!
A lot has happened in the time since I blogged last–from my garden journal:
- April 29: Arugula and lettuce sprouted
- May 2: Basil sprouted in my unheated greenhouse, and radish sprouted outside. Everything survived 2 freeze warnings
- May 3: Buttercup squash in the greenhouse sprouted, beets and spinach sprouted outside. I seeded Cherokee Purple tomatoes in the greenhouse, expecting them to sprout between May 8 and 13
- May 4: Round zucchini and California poppies sprouting in the greenhouse, peas outside
- May 7: Aunt Ruby’s German Green tomatoes, cilantro and patty pan squash sprouted in the greenhouse
- May 13: Cherokee Purple and parsley sprouted in the greenhouse
- May 14: Potatoes finally showing a bit of green above the soil
- May 15: Peppers, tomatillos, tomatoes from MGG planted, cauliflowers starting to form
- May 18: The first strawberry!
- May 19: Planted green beans and fava beans (an experimental crop!) Expecting beans to sprout in 10 days.
“Cold season” crops were planted outside toward the end of April, while warm season crops were planted in my unheated greenhouse. Because it’s unheated, I wait to plant in it until most frost danger is past. A greenhouse gets enough light to keep seedlings nice and stout, and I start a variety of warm season crops in there, growing plants for myself and my neighbors’ gardens. Warm season crops should NOT be planted outside until frost danger is past; for the Grand Valley that’s usually Mother’s Day weekend.
In the greenhouse, I seeded most everything April 26 (later than I usually seed due to the cold spring) and by May 8, most had sprouted.
True leaves were appearing by May 18.
When seeds sprout, the first leaves are the “seed leaves,” because they come from the sides of the seed. (Corn is a bit different, it only has one seed leaf.) True leaves are leaves typical for the particular plant–the ones you recognize as squash or tomato or lettuce. Look for the seed leaves and the new true leaves of these squash and tomatoes.
Let’s look at some baby pictures from May 8 (the first) and see how they’ve grown by May 18 (the second). First the arugula.
Now beets. This is my first time planting beets; so far they’re pretty slow-growing.
And sugar snap peas. I need to get a trellis for them to climb on soon! I planted tomatillos in the same bed.
Here are the radishes. They’ll get thinned as I pull them to munch on.
Let’s check in with the potatoes.
Here’s my pepper bed. I have green, orange, gold and red bell peppers, Big Jims, and poblanos planted in the same bed as the green onions.
I’m trying grafted tomatoes this year! I chose San Marzanos–paste tomatoes, and Mortgage Lifter–an heirloom that makes huge tomatoes that when they were first bred, were popular enough to pay off the originator’s mortgage! I’ll plant the Cherokee Purples and the Aunt Ruby’s German Greens when they’re ready to be outside in this bed as well.
The marigolds are there because I like them, and because they help keep bugs away. How is your garden growing?