Sunday, May 8, 2011

Planting a Proper Vegetable Garden

Last month we were finally able to prepare a garden space.

Supposedly we had our last freeze on Tuesday, so we spent the last couple of days planting.

It seemed like a good collection of plants in the back of the car, but somehow seems quite puny when placed next to the garden space.

We planted the rows wide enough for Hubba's chair to pass through so he can weed and harvest when I'm out of town.

We started with soaker hoses, but the water pressure ran out about half-way through the second hose.  So we took them out and opted for an old-fashioned broadcast waterer.

With the exception of tomatoes, we have only one or two plants of each variety so we don't have too much to eat as the plants ripen. Which means we have a long list of what was planted.

- Roma
- Black Krim

Winter Squash
- Spaghetti
- Acorn

Summer Squash
- Zucchini, Black Beauty
- Yellow Straightneck

- Jalapeno
- Green Chile
- Habanero
- Serrano
- Poblano

- Honeydew, Earli-dew
- Cantaloupe, Earlisweet

Cucumber, Straight Eight

Marigolds (Moonsong Deep Orange) to keep the bugs away.

- Rosemary
- Sweet Basil
- Thyme

- Sweet Corn, Peaches & Cream
- Beets, Ruby Queen
- Carrots, Cosmic Purple, Lunar White, Solar Yellow, Atomic Red and Scarlet Nantes
- Butternut Squash, Waltham

Fruit Trees
- Pear, Parker and D'Anjou
- Peach, Reliance
- Plum, Mount Royal and Pipestone
- Cherry, Montmorency

We're pretty tired from all of the planting.  It's a good kind of tired, especially since both of our pear trees have baby pears on them.  :-)

The last thing we did was add the maturity dates to my planner so we're prepared to make sauces and butters and such for canning and freezing and just plain enjoying.


WonderWhyGal said...

We are hoping to get a garden started. If we do...we had better start moving. We've belonged to a CSA the last few years but gas prices to get it or delivered is too much plus I didn't always want what we got.

Argh! More work...but more veggies. Our pears trees which we planted a few years ago are in beautiful bloom right now. Enjoy yours. We also have peach trees which are a beautiful bloom and created a tasty fruit in the summer.

Kathryn Ray said...

@WWG - I've enjoyed being part of a CSA in the past. I like the variety provided by the one we used in ABQ.

I haven't found one I'm excited about in NoCO yet. So I'm extra excited about our garden.

Spinster Beth said...

Yay, gardening! I have my little city garden in ... I wish I had your wide-open spaces!

Kathryn Ray said...

@Beth - this is my first time with "wide open spaces." I am loving every minute of it. :-)