Things are really shakin’ in the garden!
I got some flack (and rightly so) about only planting 4 toms in my new raised planting bed. So, I relented to the masses and sowed carrots and planted yellow beets and lettuce seedlings along the perimeter. You were right!
One of my 4-5 Sequoia strawberry plants grown from bare root. Most of the 12 or so plants initially took off, but only 4-5 ended up going on to produce a true plant. Not bad for 2 bucks.
My many varieties of second planting seedlings are close to being ready for the earth. I graduated these lemon cucumber seedlings (foreground) to larger containers because I wanted to wait a few more weeks when the weather is a scoash warmer. Plus I've found that the larger you plant 'em, the less likely they're eaten by little rodents.
The yukon gold potatoes are robust and beautiful. I continued to fill these grow pots with soil as the plants grew taller. Now I'll just wait until the foliage begins to yellow, which will signal harvest time. Hint: these guys love coffee grounds.
These potato leaves are slightly different, since I have my blue potatoes in here.
I forgot to take a before pic in the excited haze of pulling out my exasperated woody scented geranium (don't worry, I have cuttings!) to make way for enlarging my smaller plot by 45 square feet! I am so thrilled with it. My husband extended the chicken wire and even buried it down a few inches. This wire keeps out our silkies, wild rabbits, errant soccer balls, toy lawn mowers and hopefully a few fat rats that can't fit through the holes. I know that mice can still squeeze through, but hey.
Another view. I made sure to really work in the bagged amendment about 18" and not compact the soil treading all over it after I was finished.
Here's a new resident in the newly appointed bed. Don't know what it is? It produces a green pod with 3-4 beans inside which make a great appetizer for sushi. Edamame!
A few of the girls feeling out their enclosure. I posted about this a few weeks back. It's some nice metal coated fencing that fits together in sections. I easily remove one section for them to roam the entire yard 1-2 times per week. Most days they stay in here and seem pretty content. They have been vocal a few times this week, which told me they needed their grass time!