Needless to say, it rained and rained and rained all afternoon. And there was definitely no large, enthusiastic crowd at Helping Hands for our big opening day. But a few of us hardy souls showed up and made the most of it! (One even made an extremely brief appearance with her family to drop off fresh-from-the-oven banana chocolate chip muffins. Thanks Andrea!) I used the opportunity to plant the rest of my family's plot. Friday night, after a day of small child stubbornness and blessed but tiring parenting, I got about 45 glorious minutes of planting to start my plot, all by myself, in the evening calm. I got 32 square feet of 100 square feet planted with spinach, swiss chard, carrots, broccoli, parsley, dill, and summer savoury. For the kick-off I went back and did almost the rest of it--I forgot the pea seeds, and I am waiting to root a few basil cuttings rather than growing them from seed.
The photos are pretty terrible, because it was pouring rain and I was soaked, muddy, cold, hungry, and in a rush. I promise I'll post some artfully-taken ones as things develop through the season, but I'm so excited to have my long-awaited vegetable garden that I am posting them anyway!
I'll start with my planting plan (which I have almost perfectly stuck to):
|The whole, obsessively planned and drawn, planting plan.|
|A blurry shot of red peppers, eggplant (hugged by marigolds), and bush pickle cucumber.|
|From left to right: Roma, Beefsteak, Lemon Boy, and Better Boy. I SO hope these do well! I know I could do better than tomato cages but they were 60 cents each and easy to install in the rain. We'll see how it goes, and I'll modify next year likely.|
|My darling, pride-of-my-summer community garden bed.|
One highlight: the Journal Pioneer showed up with a camera to document us, covered in mud and soaked to the bone, but happy, planting pumpkins, raking, and digging in the bed. I think he even got my Jamers in the photo. Keep your eyes peeled this week for our photo!
Shared with Homestead Barn Hop #65