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Chasing Babies... Growing in Grace: Garden Update... April

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Garden Update... April

Time for another garden update! I can't tell you how thrilled I am with Homeschool Village's garden challenge. I so wanted to share my gardening with you last year... but I really need the accountability!!!

First off, I promised a shot of our grow light. My Beloved captured this for you one night while he had the light on after dark for something. Now you have a better picture in your mind of what we're working with! :)

Daylight now... you can see how our broccoli is growing. You'll also notice our spinach and carrots (not that you can really see the tiny carrots in this pic) and some radish. Under the straw is our potato area.

Better pics below.

Here's a closer up shot of our radishes squeezed under the broccoli plant. We're trying some succession planting this year. The radishes are supposed to be fast, so we thought we'd try to share the space. I'll let you know how it goes! :)

And this is a better shot of the potato area. The straw between the boxes is simply the bale waiting to be used.

Already we've had to stop piling on the potatoes because we're starting to overwhelm the broccoli plants. This is another experiment with succession/plot sharing planting. We'll see if it works out for both plants or not! When the broccoli is harvested, the potatoes will have the space to themselves.

I brought the kids in (from their playing) to see these radishes. We talked a bit about the books we were reading a couple weeks ago, and about root crops and the colors of these. Sweet Pea loves that they are "pink".

And here is our spinach. I'm hoping we got them in the ground early enough to get a good harvest before it gets too warm!!! Like every. other. year!

You can also see our borage toward the back. It's supposed to be helpful to tomato plants... which will live where that back row of broccoli is now when the broccoli is done.

Speaking of those tomatoes... we decided it was time to bring them out of our bathroom (where the grow light lives inside) and bring them out here. They are plenty ready to go in the ground... but their home is occupied by broccoli, so we'll be transplanting them into bigger containers in the next week or so. They'll be living in pots longer than past years... another experiment to get the most out of our little plot of raised ground. Again... we'll see if it works out! :)

And this is our "left" box (or bed). In the back are strawberries. Then you see some garlic (that surprised us by growing up from last year... we didn't know it was there until we came down a month or so ago). Then there's a spot for the peppers... and our herbs.

This is where the peppers will be when we put them in (we could now... just haven't yet.) These are some more radishes. We're figuring they'll be out of the way before the peppers are too big. Another experiment.

One of our pretty strawberry plants. Not all of them look this good. Or have this many flowers... but hopefully we'll get lots!

And this is our herb garden. Some of them are from seed... others we planted from the nursery in town.

Pretty much the ones you can see well we bought already growing... the rest aren't in this picture yet... Tornado and I transplanted them yesterday...after pictures.

And this is a little mini harvest of Horehound. It is a perennial and was already taking over other squares... so I cut it back. It's now hanging in the kitchen! :)

While I was doing some of the more sensitive gardening, the kids were "planting" outside in the tree containers. They pick weeds from the ground and re-plant them here. :)

And one of the most exciting parts of our garden this year... we actually have flowers on our apple trees this year! YEY!

Things are going pretty well this year... so far. We're still organized. Weeds aren't too bad yet. There hasn't been much sun this month as we've had lots of rain. The greenhouse has been great for protecting our little plants from huge rain storms... and the light has been running extra to make up for the darkness!

Something has been nibbling on our broccoli too... don't know what yet, so hopefully we'll figure it out before it really takes over!

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At April 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM , Blogger Crisc said...

I'm so jealous of your wonderful greenhouse! Looks great =)

At April 28, 2011 at 6:03 PM , Blogger Moira said...

Everything looks great!

At April 28, 2011 at 10:37 PM , Blogger Mandy said...

Fabulous job! It's so cool that your garlic from last year came up this year. And I don't blame Sweet Pea for loving the color of the radish. I think they are gorgeous too.

At April 29, 2011 at 6:47 PM , Blogger Zonnah said...

It looks great!


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