Summer Garden Series – Post #4

Summer Garden Series, plants, seedlings, seeds, Pinching Dimes, asparagus, lettuce, peas, tomatoes

I’m a little delayed in getting this post up…as I actually got the garden planted about a month ago! The last four or so weeks have been filled with many, many trips between the rental and the new house, but I’m finally all moved in and all unpacked (Thank you, Jesus!!). So it’s back to updating you on how our garden is going!

Summer Garden Series, plants, seedlings, seeds, Pinching Dimes, asparagus, lettuce, peas, tomatoes

It was actually a mad dash to get our little seedlings in the ground. I was starting to get worried that the plants would be too weak if they stayed in the cartons much longer so we got the garden tilled. It took a couple of days to get everything prepped the way we wanted because of the sod in the new section. It wasn’t the easiest thing to till up. We had to take a few passes and then wait a bit for the dirt to try out before taking a few more passes. It’s not perfect, but I’m happy with it.

Summer Garden Series, plants, seedlings, seeds, Pinching Dimes, asparagus, lettuce, peas, tomatoes

As you can see we added some plants since I put together the first design plan so I took the original layout and penciled in the things we added and the things I’d forgotten! 🙂 We added some squash, lettuce, and peas. We also put in a couple of store bought tomato plants to get to the goods a bit quicker! I planted one vegetable at a time and added the compost in the holes or trenches along with the seeds and seedlings.

Summer Garden Series, plants, seedlings, seeds, Pinching Dimes, asparagus, lettuce, peas, tomatoes

Summer Garden Series, plants, seedlings, seeds, Pinching Dimes, asparagus, lettuce, peas, tomatoes

The stepping stones I wanted to put in actually came from the new house. The previous owner had used them on the ramp into one of the sheds, but I didn’t really care for them in that spot. They are a rubber material and very durable. I think they’ll work well to give us access to everything.

I thought since it’s taken me so long to share, I’d also give you an update for how things look now! To keep the weeds down, I juggled between using mulch or straw…straw ended up being the more affordable route so we’re giving it a shot. As you can see everything is growing well! I’ve fertilized once with blood meal fertilizer so far. I’m not sure if we’ll need to add any additional fertilizer as we go …that will be a wait and see.

The only plants that didn’t transplant well from seedlings inside to the garden were the melons. I had to add more seeds in, which I don’t really think will be a problem. I also added a sprinkler to make things easier on mom in terms of watering. My hope is that she’ll be able to just turn it on and let it go and then turn it off…must easier than dragging the hose around.

How are your gardens coming along?

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