For the first time I can say WE planted the garden this weekend, usually DT does it by himself but he forced convinced me I need to give it a go. So I did and it was actually kinda fun doing it together. Not that I’ve never planted anything before, just not our vegetable garden. Before we planted DT tilled the garden really well and we added some of the soiled shavings from the chicken coop for fertilizer. Then we let is sit for a few weeks and tilled again. We also added some organic mushroom compost (from my Dad) to each plant and seed we planted.
Edited to Add: I’ve had several questions about this and would like to answer. The tomatoes and peppers are planted directly into the ground we like to put the planters (with the bottom cut out) around them until they are big enough to withstand the wind and rain, usually only for a couple of weeks. Then we will remove them, we simply plant the tomatoes into the ground and then place the planters over them.
I have been watering with a sprinkler about 1 hour everyday to promote healthy deep roots. So far we’ve had very little rain.
We planted 12 tomato plants. Different varieties including, 2 Bush Goliath (large), 2 Celebrity (medium), 2 Early Girl (50 days) and 2 Jet star (medium)
And some fun varieties like this
Yellow Pear, it is pear shaped and you guessed it, yellow.
and another yellow tomato
And one Cherry tomato
that already has a few small tomatoes
Husky Cherry Red
I also planted a few tomatoes from seed, San Marzano’s. But so far no sprouts. I hope they make it.
We planted banana peppers, bell peppers (a few different colors) and jalapeno peppers.
I planted cucumbers by the fence line so they have something to climb as the grow.
Looks like I planted a little heavily in spots that I will have to thin some out.
Also along the fence I planted green beans, the also like to climb and it makes picking much easier.
A week before we planted everything else, DT planted some potatoes, I can’t remember what variety but I think red.
I also planted some lettuce and spinach for a summer salad.
and yellow squash
And Zucchini squash, we have a few plants from my Granny and we planted a few from seeds.
This is the back view from the garden. We also planted some white squash, okra and dill.
I can’t forget to show off my ducks look how much the ducks have grown? Crazy right? They are practically full grown now. I am thinking I have a male and female but not sure. To me Daffy (left) is a male and Ming Ming (right) is female, don’t you just love her little poof of feathers oh her head?
This little one is Blue she is the largest of our 2 Black Australorps you might remember from this post. She is about 4 weeks old.
Here is little Hadlee my favorite Easter Egger (6 weeks), she was involved in a incident last Friday involving Precious (our old toothless Rottie).
I luckily saw Precious with her from the kitchen window and ran out immediately. She was laying there on her side dead for sure, but when I picked her up I noticed her eye blinked. She wasn’t dead but I thought badly hurt. That was last Friday and she is moving around pretty good still a little slow but eating and drinking so I think she will be just fine.
I still can’t figure out why Precious grabbed her, but I am thinking Hadlee’s pretty lucky she’s toothless. I am much more careful now, and won’t let them out without my supervision or her locked up.
Here’s the group free ranging under my close eye.
Are you planting a summer garden this year? What are you most excited about?
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