What’s up blog world? Remember the duck nest by our front door I told you about? Well momma duck has been sitting on her nest all day every day and it’s basically the cutest thing ever.
Isn’t she so sweet? I can’t wait until we have little baby ducks!!
Okay now onto the point of this post. I think I may have mentioned this a few posts back, but in case I haven’t, Kyle and I bought a vegetable garden plot for this summer! Rochester has 20 ft x 30 ft garden plots that you can rent for the growing season May-October. It’s only $25 or $30 for the entire season, so I couldn’t resist getting a plot!
Here is Kyle standing in front of it:
Now just imagine it full of veggies!
Since we don’t have a backyard at our current place, we can’t grow anything in the ground and I missed having some summer veggies to grow! When we lived in Indianapolis, I dabbled in summer gardening and tried tomatoes, peppers, and some herbs, but really nothing more than that. Well, now that we have a HUGE plot of land, we are upgrading our garden big time!
I have literally no idea what I’m doing when it comes to vegetable gardening, so I researched online and read a bunch of things, but then decided just to wing it.
Without any planning whatsoever, I went to the store and purchased seed packets for everything I decided I wanted to grow. I also bought some seed starter kits, soil, and labels so I could keep track of everything.
Here’s what I bought:
- Big tomatoes
- Cherry tomatoes
- Summer squash
- Green beans
- Green lettuce
- Purple lettuce
- Blue bachelors
I decided on two flower varieties that apparently are good at keeping bugs and bunnies away from your garden. I think I might try to make a border with the flowers.. we will see.
I started pretty much everything inside in small seed starter kits so that when it’s time to transplant them outside, they will be pretty big and we can start having some crops in June.
I wrote down each plant and it’s special needs (planting spacing, depth, etc.) and harvest time, so I could keep it all straight.
Then, I went nuts planting everything and making a mess in our living room.
I didn’t plant the zucchini, squash, and lettuces because they only take about 1 month to mature, so if we plant them directly in the ground in May, we should still be on track for harvest in June.
Once we have our first harvest in June, I think we can still re-plant more seeds and have a second crop later in the summer. I didn’t go for any fall crops because rotating different things seemed way too complicated for me. I wanted to start off pretty simple…
Last week, I planted everything and said a little prayer that they would all grow.
And this week… low and behold we have little baby sprouts!!
I am getting a bit worried because some of the stems are long and leggy and are borderline falling over. I googled this to see what I could do and according to most sites, it means the plants aren’t getting enough sun. I put my planters right next to our largest window and hope they will get a little more light… but I’m kind of stuck and don’t know what else to do. If they all die I will be so sad! Any tips for newbie gardeners like me?
Have you grown a vegetable garden? I’d love any tips and recommendations!