It’s been a few weeks since we actually planted the garden and I’ve been, over all, very happy with it. One thing does upset me though, and that is that some of our seeds didn’t take. I find this quite disturbing considering they came from the same packets and they were new seeds. We didn’t use left over seeds from last year.
In last year’s garden we only planted one square foot of green beans, one square foot of peas and one square foot of carrots. We didn’t really have very good luck with the peas last year, so this year I planted more peas hoping we would have enough to freeze and have them at least a couple of times this coming winter. Unfortunately, my thumbs don’t seem to be green enough to grow very many peas. We do have more than last year but really they just aren’t doing very good again.
I’m beginning to believe there is more science to growing a square foot garden than just planting seeds and watering them. Actually, I know there is a lot of science that goes into gardening.
I planned the garden out a little differently this year, considering last year’s garden and what worked well and what didn’t, and I came up with this.
We planted more green beans, peas, carrots, lettuce and added kale and beets to this years garden. We still planted some radish, bell peppers, jalapeno and the usual herbs like parsley, cilantro, thyme, oregano and even some onions and leeks. I didn’t plant as many tomato plants this year because they just seem to take over the other half of the garden last year, even with trimming them.
We had the garden covered with a tarp over the winter, held down with some bricks. After uncovering it we raked through the dirt to fluff it up, and added a couple more bags of organic dirt to lift it up a bit and add fresh nutrients.
Most of the herbs are already potted. I like potted herbs, rather than seeds just because we can start using them sooner. Waiting for seedlings to produce grown herbs can take a little longer than what I’m willing to wait and we can get a good supply of organic herbs from our local nursery.
I’ll write a post to update you in the next week.