We certainly eat veggies fresh, but I am an avid canner and preserver, so I plant a surplus and in some cases, multiple rounds of quicker growing veggies to maximize yield. I am stocking up on canning jars, and beginning to plan what I am going to can this year. This year has been a banger year for the garden, I often look at it in awe at how fruitful and healthy it is. I tried several new (to me) veggies, and none have disappointed! Here's what's growin'...
The end of May aka the garden planting time here in Zone 5b came and went with gray, drizzling, and unseasonably cold temperatures. But, a day or two of sun and mid-sixties did manage to sneak in over Memorial Day weekend and I got my planting on! This year's line up brings a lot of "firsts" for me not only in varieties and veggie types, but actual gardening methods as well! This year I have your traditional "in the dirt garden" in addition to my Tower Garden that my sister gave me. She moved, and didn't have outdoor space for it so I eagerly accepted it! I am excited about all of the good things I have growing, and am optimistic for a bountiful harvest this year!
Mother nature has started to tease us by sneaking in some warmer days, and seed catalogs have been marked up like it's Christmastime. It smells like spring is just around the corner. I love all of the newness that spring offers, this year more than ever. New birth, new growth, and new projects. In addition to the oodles of animals that will added to the farm this spring, getting my garden underway is a major priority. I didn't have a garden last year because of the move, and the year before that I had a pretty lousy one due to location at my rental house. It really has been two years since I've had a garden, and I am chomping at the bit to get digging in the dirt!
I am the worst blogger ever, I haven't posted anything in two weeks! With trying to wrap up closing on the new house, sorting through stuff before packing, finishing up the coops for the meat chickens, and little league baseball every night I just haven't had the time. Luckily, in that time my tomatoes have been flourishing in their temporary buckets! Occasionally I have been sprinkling them with some ground egg shells for a calcium boost to prevent blossom end rot, with a good soaking every morning and night due to lack of rain. If I end up keeping them in their buckets rather than transplanting, I will probably have to fertilize them some due to the limited soil. Regardless, plants are large, stems are thick, leaves are deep green, and I have blossoms!
The new septic systems is supposed to be complete by the end of the week. Still, if I transplant, the earliest this can happen is next weekend which is another week and a half away. Transplanting them at this stage when they are so large puts additional stress on the tomatoes and you risk damage because of the size of the plants and their roots. There is a lot of dirt in those buckets as opposed to a pea pot or even smaller. Trying to get it out with a shovel while handling the plant could be tricky. I fear that they won't survive the transplant, but if I don't take the risk, they may get root bound in the buckets and die anyway! I may transplant a couple, monitor them closely to see how they do, and if they handle it well transplant the rest.
Luckily, even though I won't have my massive garden, I will still have time to plant some late broccoli and green beans, and my mother in law planted corn for me. Let's just hope I have tomatoes to can! :) I won't be busting with produce as usual, but I should have enough of certain veggies to can or freeze. I hope everyone else's gardens are doing fantastic!
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