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!
My traditional garden this year is not as big as I would want ideally, but given the current state of our land I am thankful to have what I have! To some, 50' x 20' is an unfathomable size, while I have to strategically plan and cut down on things like only growing thirty one tomato plants.
Corn always has been and always will be a significant portion of my garden, about a third of the east facing space. I can eat anyone under the table when it comes to corn on the cob, and I love busting it out of the freezer in the dead of winter for a side all of its own, or added to a stir fry. I have four rows planted, and in two weeks I will add four more rows to allow me to enjoy it longer this summer.
Of the thirty one tomatoes, I have seven heirloom/dehybridized varieties: Japanese Black Trifele, Aunt Ruby's Green, Black Cherries, Sun Gold Cherries, Martino's Roma, and the two family heirlooms occupying the middle third of the garden. I started all of the plants in my south-facing bay window from seed at the beginning of April.
The final roughly third of the size of the garden is dedicated to two different bean varieties (Blue Lake Bush and Dragon Tongue Bush) with an initial crop planted this past weekend, and I will start another of each in about a month. I have more broccolini started that's growing in the house, which will be added to the garden once it's ready. I also added brussel sprouts and am trying my hand at growing spaghetti squash up a cattle panel.
Because I didn't have space for potatoes in the garden, I am giving growing potatoes in containers a try. I have read and heard about its wild success, so I was very excited to give it a try in the 15 gallon fabric pots I got online. I have four varieties blue flesh, red flesh, and two different Fingerlings.
The Tower Garden
The Tower Garden from my sister was a welcome addition, allowing me to grow more even though I had less space. The soiless system utilizes aeroponics and directly applies the mineral solution to the plants roots. This is all done in the vertical tower and any vegetable can be grown in it with the exception of onions, potatoes, carrots, radishes, and other root vegetables.
My tower has been out since Easter, where I planted my cold crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, and sugar snap peas. I later added the broccolini, Hungarian Wax, and Ozark Red Pepper seedlings I had started in the window. I am very excited to see how it pans out, and am anxiously waiting to be able to step outside my door and pick fresh veggies to pair with my fresh home raised meat.
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