The garden is going, and here’s what’s going in it.

Note: As of this week, we’re officially moving our posting day to a weekday – Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, depending on when we can get to the computer. It’s been a struggle to even think about blogging on an exhausted Sunday evening of late. Plus, it allows a little more time to reflect on all the goings-on.


This past weekend felt like the weekend we had been waiting for all winter — 75-80 degrees and plenty of sun! It was pretty spectacular, and it allowed us to get tons more done. Unfortunately, the amount we had to get done precluded the taking of photographs (read: we were too busy to remember the camera), so instead this week we’re going to offer up what’s going in the garden this year with all the amazing non-MS Paint skills we can muster! Yep, we put together a new set of garden maps, some of which look remarkably the same from the ones we made last year, at least in terms of layout. In fact, besides the new stone bed, all the other beds, raised or not, remain the same.

We should point out that none of the upcoming layouts are set in stone, and we’ve made at least one change since we made these (noted in the accompanying caption). The more time we spend outside, the more memories are coming back to us in terms of which part of the yard gets the best sun and where we had some of our best harvests. That said, we have moved certain plants around based on how things went in the past. Hopefully they’ll lead to some good things in the coming months. So here’s where things mostly stand for now. (And, with a big planting party planned for this coming weekend, we’ll be back next week with what we hope is our first update in pictures of the year!)

Starting on the side of the yard, we have our largest bed. We're making a second (futile?) attempt with corn here. But mostly this bed is housing a multitude of beans.
Starting on the side of the yard, we have our largest bed. We’re making a second (futile?) attempt with corn here. But mostly this bed is housing a multitude of beans.
Moving onto the first stone bed, like last year, this one will contain only tomatoes and peppers.
Moving onto the first stone bed, like last year, this one will contain only tomatoes and peppers. And we’re keeping an eye on the few moments of asparagus that have made a showing this year.
In the second (new) stone bed, we're trying something new by putting here zucchini, carrots, melons, and tomatoes. Quite the melange.
In the second (new) stone bed, we’re trying something new by putting here zucchini, carrots, melons, and tomatoes. Quite the melange.
Ground cherries are going back in the wood barrels that sits at the heds of the stone beds, along with the new additions of radishes.
Ground cherries are going back in the wood barrels that sit at the heads of the stone beds, along with the new additions of radishes.
At the back of the yard are our plastic barrel planters, each of which will hold either peppers or tomatoes.
At the back of the yard are our plastic barrel planters, each of which will hold either peppers or tomatoes.
Back at the front of the yard, the little side bed is getting all new stuff. No tomatoes here this year.
Back at the front of the yard, the little side bed is getting all new stuff. No tomatoes here this year.
Planting map 2015 - raised beds 1 and 2
Our first two raised beds are remaining mostly the same from last year. This year we’re trying broccoli instead of romanesco in bed #1. Here’s hoping. Some spinach and lettuce from last year has popped up already in bed #2.
And finally, the last two raised beds are also similar from last year. The big change is that we're adding a couple rows of peas in with the cucumbers in bed #4, and okra is going in bed #4.
And finally, the last two raised beds are also similar from last year. The big change is that we’re adding a couple rows of peas in with the cucumbers in bed #4, and okra is going in bed #4. We also decided against putting peppers in bed #4 – arugula is going in its place instead.

 

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3 thoughts on “The garden is going, and here’s what’s going in it.

  1. fmajewicz 05/06/2015 / 8:08 am

    Holy crow! No wonder you can’t get your planting done in one weekend. Good luck keeping track of everything.

    • Garden State-ments 05/07/2015 / 12:09 pm

      It is a little crazy, but a lot of this is experimenting to see what grows and doesn’t. Plus, we have to figure in that some plants might not make it (like the corn), so our harvests end up being a bit smaller than you’d expect from the number of plants we start with.

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