A lot of changes have occurred in my garden since last month! I brought in the last of the winter crops, took down the hoop tunnels, weeded (and weeded, and weeded, and weeded), laid new mulch between the beds, amended the soil, sowed seed, and transplanted seedlings. The garden is looking wonderful, and I’m proud to share this month’s photos with you. Be sure to click the links to see how the raised beds looked last month. It’s amazing the difference four weeks can make!
Here is a picture of 18 of my 21 beds. These are on the side of my house. (The other three are along my back fence.) Compared to last month, it looks like a different garden! I planted everything about 10 days ago, and everything is doing very well.
Here is a closeup of the far side of the beds. Everything looks so much better than last month!
BED 1 – Chili peppers & lettuce
This bed is dedicated to my Lemon Drop chili peppers. Unfortunately, the smallest seedling (bottom right in photo) didn’t make it. This weekend, I plan to start a couple more seedlings in small pots outside to later transplant into this bed. Between the peppers, I sowed Red Romaine lettuce, but you can’t see the tiny seedlings in the picture. (Click here to see the bed last month.)
BED 2 – Lima beans
The %*!-$ squirrels have been digging in my raised beds again, and you can see where they dug up some of my Henderson lima bean seeds! Thankfully, more have come up in the last couple of days, so I have a full bed. This bed was fallow last month, and I turned under the leaf mulch.
BED 3 – Squash, pumpkins, and radishes
I planted Black Futsu and Butterbush squash (winter squashes) and Seminole pumpkin seedlings in this bed. They’ll have the fence to climb on. All the plants were started inside to get a head start before the dreaded squash vine borer (SVB) seeks places to lay her eggs. I covered the base of the stems with aluminum foil (a shiny collar) to give added protection. The front third of the bed is reserved to plant summer squash AFTER the SVB egg-laying season is over. In the meantime, I planted Black Round radishes, which should be mature in about 4-6 weeks. I had peas and spinach in this bed last month.
BED 4 – Onions
Since last month, my onions have grown taller and thicker. Also, the replanted onions in the back have bolted and bloomed.
BED 5 – Garlic
My garlic has also grown taller and thicker since last month. I hope the garlic is “bulbing up” as much as the onions are.
BED 6 – Cucumbers, melons, & radishes
Last month, this bed held mustard greens and a few spinach. Now it’s loaded with seedlings: Beit Alpha and Boston pickling cucumbers along the trellis; Strawberry watermelon and Early Moonbeam watermelon in hills in the back (top end) of the bed, Wilson Sweet watermelon in hills in the front (right end) of the bed, and Watermelon radishes planted along the outside edges (about three inches from the cucumbers).
BED 7 – Melons & radishes
This bed was fallow last month, but it’s anything but this month! Most of my melons were started indoors, but they’re not quite tall enough to reach the trellis yet. Along the left side of the trellis, I have Rich Sweetness and Noir de Carmes melons; along the right side of the trellis, I have Ice Cream melon and Golden Midget watermelon; Cream of Saskatchewan watermelon in hills in the back (top end) of the bed; Tam Dew honeydew and Sweet Passion canteloupe in hills in the front (bottom end) of the bed; and Purple Plum radishes planted along the outside edges about three inches from the melons.
BED 8 – Corn
Last month, this bed was fallow, too. Now it holds my Glass Gem corn. Look at the nice rows of seedlings.
BED 9 – Snap beans
From fallow last month, to snap bean seedlings this month. I planted Black Valentine green beans and Beurre de Rocquencourt wax beans in this bed.
For pictures of the other half of my new spring garden, see How My Garden Grows in April Part 2!