Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Our Tiny Garden Bed

Moving to Pennsylvania at the beginning of July threw us for a loop in the garden department.  Normally, I start seedlings in early spring, but we figured we would've stayed in Florida for another year or two.  Moving here was somewhat an 11th hour decision.  I don't regret it; but, I have no ripe tomatoes.

I have a few really tiny green ones at present.  Almost immediately after the movers left, we set out to big box store to see what they had left to transplant.  Our clearance haul included two bell pepper plants, three jalapeno pepper plants, and two Black Cherokee tomato plants.  A couple of packets of seeds:  Seeds of Change Nevada Lettuce and Slow-bolt Cilantro.  I had a packet of Blue Lake green beans leftover as well.  So began the garden.  The bell peppers have yielded one pepper each so far (another is growing), and the jalapenos have yielded at least two each.  Every single tomato I've had grow to over three inches has split completely open, exposing gel and seeds to hungry pests.

Our Blue Lake beans are in full bloom.  Mid-July, I also planted Russian Kale and Speckled Cranberry Beans; both from Seed Savers.  I added a second planting of the Nevada lettuce a week later.

This is the tiny garden plot right now:



It's a bit haphazard for a 3x5 bed, but we're just working with what we've got this year.  The lettuce is diminshed in quantity by about 3/4, since we eat a lot of lettuce in this house.  The second batch of lettuce was planted between the beans and the kale, and none of it sprouted (or it was eaten by garden slugs as soon as it did).  I can't wait until the permanent beds are installed and ready for spring planting.  This bed will become a garlic bed for the meantime.

Construction on the spring beds will commence later this month.

 
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