Monday, April 9, 2012

Adventures in vegetable gardening (pt 2 of 3)

Planting Day (03/16/12)
I ordered seed packets from Park Seed:
  • Lettuce summer glory blend (5185)
  • Squash summer medley hybrid (5700)
  • Zinnia (4966)
  • Basil dwarf bush (0309)
  • Organic Italian Oregano (5878)*
  • Cilantro santo (0602) 
  • Strawberry spinach (5471)*
 *Didn't germinate; replaced with seedlings 

Then I used a free garden design tool from Gardener's Supply Company to map out how I would plan the bed. I liked that the website also gave some tips for growing and harvesting.

Week 1 (03/23/12)

Basil sprouts. Had to thin these down to only one plant because I expect it to get large.

 Cantaloupe grew quickly. Thinned to two plants.

A look at the whole garden.

Lettuce coming up strong.

Summer squash really thrives too!

My little helpers love to water (and stomp in the mud).

Week 2 (03/30/12)

I decided to try tomato cages to support some of the cantaloupe and summer squash.

Carrots seem delicate, but are getting sturdier as they grow.

Largest plants so far are lettuce and summer squash.

Another view of the whole garden. I've lost some of the zinnias along the back row to hungry birds! :(

Week 3 (04/06/12)

I planted the following varieties on April 1 to replace seeds that didn't germinate or young seedlings that were eaten by birds.
  • Green bell pepper
  • Red bell pepper
  • Orange bell pepper
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Oregano
  • Pineapple sage
 Carrots are getting taller.

One of the new bell peppers.

 Lettuce varieties.

 New pineapple sage plant.

More growth!

See also:
Part 1
Part 3


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  2. Hey this is looking so amazing i am so inspired here.
    Thanks for posting...

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  3. Thanks! Check out part 3 just posted!