Kim’s Veggie Garden Planting is Easy!
Hi! How have you been? I’ve been busy. Since last we spoke… well… I had a baby! Now that baby is 1 and I’m ready to dig in the dirt. In my fantasy world, I’m walking hand in hand with my daughter picking fresh vegetables for us to munch on while the dog frolics around the yard as well. In reality I think it will be more of my yelling at my dog to stop digging and holding my toddler back from scaling our wire fencing. ha-ha.
This will be the 5th year I’ve been growing a vegetable garden. So at this point I feel like the planting is easy. I have full confidence in digging a hole and sticking a seed or a plant in it. The hard part is the watering, weeding and general consistent love that needs to happen for a bountiful harvest.
This year I’m excited to report, we bought annuals to plant in addition to the veggies, set up a DIG drip irrigation system throughout the front yard in as well as veggie garden bed, and I’m going to try to grow some peppers and an eggplant in Novelty Earth Boxes on the patio.
So let’s start with herbs! I have three containers:
- Container #1 holds: Sweet Basil, Italian Oregano and English Thyme
- Container #2 holds: Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, Barbecue Rosemary and Star Chives
- Container #3 holds: Pineapple Mint
Most of these herbs I’ve grown before but the Thyme, Rosemary and Mint are all new varieties for me. The variegated thyme I used to buy had a more soapy taste to me, so this English version smells more like the flavorful kind I like.
The Barbecue Rosemary has a really strong stalk (is this the right word?) and can be used as a skewer for grilling. This is my mission. To show you a Rosemary Ka-bob this summer! Finally, the mint I used to get was a Peppermint and was extremely powerful, I’m hoping I like the pineapple mint more. Do you have any recipe suggestions? I’ll take them!
We set up the raised garden bed with garden wire fencing and added Baccto’s Wholly Cow into the existing soil. I took all my vegetables and lined them up exactly where I wanted to plant them too.
What’s in the vegetable garden? Brace yourself, It’s a lot….
- 1 Row each of Romaine & Spring Mix Lettuce
- 2 Rows Broccoli
- 3 Rows Yellow Onions
- 6 Celery (First time for these bad boys!)
- 1 Row Bull’s Blood Beets
- 1 Row Carrots
- 6 Brussels Sprouts
- 1 Roma tomato
- 1 Golden Yellow tomato
- 1 San Marzano Tomato
- 1 Cucumber Plant
- 1 Zucchini Plant
- 1 Concord Grape
- 1 Watermelon
The cool weather plants I put in ground the last weekend of March. Then we had snow. So it looks as if everything managed to survive. Next I planted all the vegetables in ground the last weekend in April and now we have a LOT of rain. I’m hoping nothing gets “root rot”.
Next week I’ll share what veggies are in containers on my patio and how easy it is to use an Earth Box.
What are you growing this year?