As I shared yesterday, I’m almost done spring planting! I hope to finish it all today. I have to plant my carrots, summer greens (perpetual spinach, purslane, and orach), buckwheat, chia, and herbs. By next weekend, it’ll be time to plant my peanuts, too!
I thought that this year, I would take pictures of all my beds every two or three weeks, starting with transplanting (or seed germination). I thought that, along with pictures of individual plants, having pictures of each bed and seeing the transformation over time would be pretty cool. Eventually, I can make a slide show of each bed. (Thanks to my Garden Wilson for that idea!)
So, here is my garden plan, along with pictures of the beds that have transplants. (Of course, I’m not including pictures of the beds that received seed because nothing is growing yet.) Please note that not all the pictures were taken on the same day, but they were taken the day the plants went in the ground.
BED 1: CHIA BED
I will be sowing the seed today.
BED 2: SQUASH BED
I transplanted seedlings I grew myself: Seminole pumpkin, Tondo Scuro squash (round zucchini), White Acorn squash, Black Futsu squash, Betterbush squash (butternut type), and Cantaloupe. (The plants look a little stressed in this picture, but they’re bouncing back now.) I also sowed seed for Strawberry (red) Watermelon. I also have Trombocino squash in a pot in the front yard under one of my teepee trellises.
In the middle, I sowed beer radish seed because radishes help deter squash bugs. On the sides, between the hills, I sowed dill seed because dill also deters squash bugs. And one can never have too much dill for pickling!
BED 3: CHILI PEPPER BED
I transplanted my own seedlings of fish peppers, jalapenos, cubanelle peppers, red cayenne peppers, and pepperoncini. (I have filius blue peppers and more fish peppers in pots in the front yard.) I also sowed seed for Tom Thumb lettuce between the plants. By the time the lettuce grows, the peppers will be tall enough to shade them and allow me to have lettuce longer into the warm weather. It worked very well last year when I first tried it.
BED 4: CORN BED
I sowed Glass Gem popcorn and am waiting for it to germinate before I sow thyme in between the rows. Thyme is supposed to deter corn earworms.
BED 5: CUCUMBER BED
I sowed Boston Pickling cucumbers on one side of the trellis and Beit Alpha cucumbers (an Israeli heirloom) on the other. Along the outside of the bed (between the cucumbers and the edge of the bed), I sowed Watermelon Radishes. Radishes help deter squash bugs, and watermelon radishes are my favorite! On the ends of the bed, I sowed plum radishes. Underneath the trellis, I sowed oregano because it is a general pest deterrent for cucurbits.
BED 6: PASTE TOMATO BED
I sowed my own seedlings of Pear tomatoes and Amish Paste tomatoes.
BED 7: SLICING & CHERRY TOMATO BED
I purchased most of my slicing tomato plants: Mortgage Lifter, Rutgers, and Cherokee Purple. They’re the bigger ones, already staked and flowering! I did transplant a few of my own seedlings, too: Wisconsin tomato and Riesentraube (cherry) tomatoes.
BED 8: MELON BED
I transplanted my own seedlings of Cream of Saskatchewan (white) watermelon and Tam Dew honeydew on the ends of the bed, along with seeds of Early Moonbeam (yellow) watermelon. On one side of the trellis, I sowed Rich Sweetness melon and Noir de Carmes melon; on the other side of the trellis, I sowed Ice Cream melon and Golden Midget (salmon pink) watermelon. As with the cucumber bed, I sowed Watermelon radishes along the edges of the bed and oregano underneath the trellis. I sowed tigger melon in a pot underneath one of my teepee trellises, too.
BED 9: SWEET PEPPER BED
I transplanted my own seedlings of Emerald Giant green bell peppers, Sweet Yellow Stuffing peppers, and Red Mini bell peppers. I bought two red bell pepper plants that I will transplant today. In between the peppers, I sowed Black Seeded Simpson lettuce, Red Romaine, and Red Sails lettuce.
BED 10: SNAP BEAN BED
I sowed Black Valentine green beans, Beurre de Rocquencourt wax beans, and Dragon Tongue snap beans in this bed. In the middle, I sowed Empress of India nasturtiums because they deter bean beetles. And you can eat them!
BED 11: CARROT BED
Today I will sow Parisienne and Scarlet Nantes carrots.
After I harvest the carrots, I will be planting Dixie Butterpea lima beans in this bed, to harvest in the fall. I’ll plant some Dwarf Mix nasturtiums in the middle of the bed then, too.
BED 12: PERUVIAN PEPPER & CHARD BED
I transplanted my own seedlings of Lemon Drop and Rocoto peppers. The Rocoto pepper seed I gathered from my own plants last year. In the back of the bed, I sowed Fordhook and Ruby Swiss Chard. Between the peppers, I sowed Bloomsdale Spinach and Batavia Full-Heart Escarole. In the front, you’ll notice a lone celery plant, too.
BED 12x: EGGPLANT BED
I bet you’re wondering why I call this bed number 12x. I had put in my first fourteen beds – twelve on the side of the house and two along the back fence. When I decided to add another bed to the back fence, it was between beds 12 and 13. Rather than renumber my beds (and mess up my year-to-year garden log), I decided to name the new bed 12x.
In the back of this bed, I transplanted Black Beauty eggplant, which I purchased. In the front, I transplanted my own seedlings of Listada de Gandia eggplant. In between the eggplant, I sowed Giant Noble spinach. I figured if the lettuce grew well under the pepper plants last year, I would not only do that again, but I would also try growing spinach under the eggplant. I will be sowing catnip into small pots today and putting them within the eggplant bed because catnip deters flea beetles – which seem to love eggplant leaves. (Catnip is invasive, so I didn’t want to plant it directly into the bed.)
BED 13: RASPBERRY BED
I planted Caroline everbearing raspberry canes in this bed.
BED 14: ASPARAGUS BED
In the back of the bed, I have three-year-old Mary Washington asparagus. In the front of the bed, I have Purple Passion asparagus I just planted this past fall.
BED 15: ONION BED
I planted red, yellow, and white onions sets and bulbs in this bed back in February.
BED 16: GARLIC BED
In October, I planted Italian softneck garlic in this bed.
BED 17: LIMA BEAN BED
I sowed Henderson lima beans in this bed (all my own seed from last year’s plants!), along with Empress of India nasturtiums in the center.
BED 18: SUMMER GREENS BED
Today I will sow Magenta Orach, Perpetual Spinach, and Golden and Green Purslane in this bed.
BED 19: POTATO BED
In February, I planted red, purple, and fingerling potatoes. Flea beetles seem to be starting in on my potato leaves, so I think I’ll put some pots of catnip in this bed today, too.
BED 20: HERB BED
For two months, I looked for my favorite tomato plants to purchase – Black Krim – and didn’t find them. So I bought Cherokee Purple instead. When I went to the store last week to get some mulch, I saw two pots of Black Krim tomatoes – with two plants in each. Well, I had to buy them. The thing is…my tomato beds are full. So, my Black Krim will be planted in the herb bed today along with my herbs.
I will sow chamomile, calendula, and borage in this bed. Not sure I will have room for much else, but that’s okay because I also will be sowing culinary herbs in pots around my patio and both culinary and medicinal herbs along my front walkway.
Along my side fence, I have two-year old rosemary bushes; I will be sowing yarrow, as well as hyssop and anise hyssop there.The hyssop will be near my grapes because it’s not only a great medicinal herb, but it also stimulates the growth of grapes.
I didn’t plan this, but I have three or four “feral” potato plants growing in my compost bin. So, I’ll let them grow and see what I get!
The ten five-gallon buckets I used last year to plant my potatoes (which are planted in a bed this year), I will be using to try my hand at growing peanuts. I will be planting these next weekend.
Besides sowing herbs along my front walkway, I will be planting buckwheat along the property line on either side of my front yard. It is a favorite of honeybees, is great for the soil, and will be interesting to try to harvest.
So, I have a bit more planting to do today to finish. Guess I should be getting to it!
How is your spring planting coming along?