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Garden Update: June

Things are really starting to grow over here and I couldn’t be more excited!

View from above:

Do we still have a lot of work to do? Yes. Are we happy with what we’ve done so far? Yes! It won’t be long before all the grass is covered or gone mwahahahaha

Let’s start wit the aparagus bed, the square one at the top of the big picture. They look like tiny trees! There’s a lot of tiny weeds moving in, which is only weird because it’s the highest of all the raised beds. I also think a colony of tiny ants may have moved in, but they don’t seem to be bothering the asparagus so I’m not too worried about it.


The first bed I planted is still doing well (left rectangle in the horse shoe), with purple bean plants, a purple tomato plant, and a purple pepper plant. Last year, my peppers didn’t produce anything so I’m hoping to at least get a tiny little pep. This is also my first time with tomato since middle school.

We have a groundhog that lives in our back rock wall, and he rolled out one day and ate almost my entire kale plant! I started spraying it with a mix of water and mashed up hot peppers (thanks, internet!) and he hasn’t been back for more. The kale made a full recovery, and it’s lettuce neighbor is growing like a weed! I was worried that all the lettuce would be ready to pick at the same time but they’re coming along at different speeds.

I just added a couple of cucumber plants in with the lettuce, and a couple of little pepper plants. The cucumbers are just poking up now.

The back bed in the horse shoe has carrots, broccoli, green onions, and a couple other small pepper plants. My first broccoli plants didn’t make it, so I got these in the ground right when they started poking out of their peat pots and they’re looking good and healthy and not wilty and sad.

Around the raised beds (and what will eventually be the other side of a path) we have barrels of flowers. I got a couple of Dahlia plants:

These things:

I don’t know what they are or if they’ll come back next year but they were pretty. I mixed in some nasturtiums with some of the pots and in some of the veggie beds because I read that they can help keep beetles and other pests away. Also, I can’t pronounce their name and I keep calling them “the nast-things.” And then I have a couple of small, long beds with marigolds in them. They’re just fluffing out now, I’ll start them earlier next year, but they’re also supposed to help with pests. And they’re pretty (when they bloom):


What’s next? Well, a shed! In the far back corner, near the compost barrel, we’re going to put the shed. We’re ordering one so that some strangers can assemble it in a few hours for us instead of having to spend a weekend + who knows how long putting one together. And we’ve mapped out a path with sticks and string. It’s going to lead from our front steps to the shed, and we still have to dig up the grass for it.

And once the path is in place, I’ll start planning more flower beds, bird feeders, and a second bird bath.

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Garden Update- May

We got the raised beds started! We didn’t get enough soil, and that square one in the back doesn’t have a permanent home yet. But we have a pallet of soil waiting in the driveway, with a couple of cedar flower barrels for some perennial flowers.

So far, the green beans, carrots, and broccoli have moved into the front beds. The beans are THRIVING! And the carrots and broccoli look very dead. I started more carrots in peat pots, but I also have enough seeds left to start a row right in the soil, and thin them out as they pop up. I’m going to give them a couple of weeks and see what happens.

None of the peppers I started sprouted, and all their peat pots molded! Out of everything, they are the only ones that got gross so I don’t know what I did wrong. They got the same amount of water and same amount of light. I started a few more and I’m hoping a couple of them take. A local farm (J&K’s Good Thyme Farm!) has a plant sale coming up so if mine don’t sprout I can shop local and get some there!

We added a bird feeder to the front, moved the strawberry plants into the back yard raised bed, and I relocated my Lily of the Valley again.

And we’re planning a shed for the front corner of the yard, with a path to it from the front steps. If all goes according to plan, we won’t have any front grass to worry about by next year!

PSA: Thin Your Carrots

The reverse of my carrot seed packet had very clear instructions:

1) Plant them directly into the ground, not in little planters. They don’t transplant well.
2) Do not plant them in rocky soil.
3) Thin the plants out when they start to sprout.
4) Thin the plants again a couple of weeks later.

So naturally, I started them in little plastic starter pots. Most of my seed packs are several years old and I didn’t want to give garden space to something that might not sprout.

My garden is in a raised bed, but the dirt under it is hella rocky. I turned it a bit but then dumped the garden soil on top. Lots of rocks starting about 4 inches down.

I did not thin the plants. At all. Some of my starter pots only sprouted a couple of carrots but one went crazy with sprouts! Which resulted in a SERIOUS carrot clump.

If I plant carrots again, I’m going to thin them.

Trying my hand at Gardening

Growing up, my Grandpa had a wonderful garden! He grew all sorts of veggies, and spent most of the summer giving them away because he just had to much of them. Last year, I got a couple strawberry plants and the chipmunks made quick work of them. They didn’t make it through the winter, but some of the daughter plants that shot off of them seemed ok, so I transplanted them to a little section of the garden. A section I don’t have a picture of! All the plants are fruiting, and just as they start to ripen, the chipmunks swoop in again!

I had some carrot seeds, so I gave those a try. I didn’t thin them, so they’re growing around each other. They look pretty gnarly, and are pretty difficult to pull out.

We got 4 blueberry bushes for the front yard, along with 2 small apple trees. One of the blueberry bushes had a few berries on it, but a bird or critter got to them before they were ready to pick.

I started 6 green bean plants, and put the best 3 in the garden. 2 of those are VERY sad, but one is looking amazing! It doesn’t produce enough beans on its own to go with a meal, so I’ve been supplementing with store beans.

And the cucumber plants are KILLING IT! Every time I check, there are ready-to-pick cucumbers hiding under the leaves.

I have a couple pepper plants that haven’t grown over 5 inches in height, and I don’t expect to get anything from them this year. And I have a couple of beets going, because I love beets!

We got 2 of those 4 by 4 wooden garden beds from Home Depot and used one of them this year. I want to set the other one up next year, and maybe work my way up to a backyard of 4 by 4 garden boxes? I think it will help me with crop rotation because I’ll just have to remember which box had which plants in them.

I want to try a couple of tomato plants next year, some different peppers, and add more bean plants. I honestly didn’t think I would get anything out of this garden, so I’m excited to see what else I can do with it!


Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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