I am about a week later than I would like to be in planting our Summer Garden this year. I can see from my records that I planted on April 27th last year, and I didn’t plant this year’s garden until yesterday, May 4th.
But alas, I am happy it is finally in the ground!
Last year, my husband built me a 4 x 8 foot raised bed garden box. While last year’s garden wasn’t very successful, I am praying that this year’s effort will be more fruitful.
I think one of my biggest problems last year was that I didn’t have any bees or butterflies. No pollinators means to fruit.
I have researched quite a bit, and it seems there are several flowers and plants that pollinators love, with mint being at the top of that list. I purchased two sweet mint plants and I will put those in containers on the very edge of the garden.
I read that sweet mint grows quite large and can easily take over the area where it is planted, so I decided to put those in pots as to contain them a bit.
I finally got the containers today (Home Depot was out yesterday), and my plan is to get those planted this weekend.
What did I plant in this year’s garden?
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I’m so glad you asked!
I purchased all of our plants from Home Depot or Lowe’s. In time, I would like to start my own plants from seed, but this year has been the busiest year I have ever had, so starting from seed will have to come at a future date.
Since I do square foot gardening, I will list what I have by the square:
- 4 squares of Bonnie original tomatoes
- 4 squares of Better Boy tomatoes
- 2 squares of grape tomatoes
- 2 squares of cucumbers
- 6 squares of yellow squash (3 squash plants since they take 2 squares each)
- 6 squares of zucchini (3 zucchini plants since they take 2 squares each)
- 1 square of red pepper
- 1 square of yellow pepper
- 1 square of green pepper
I still have 4 free squares that I am going to plant a heat-resistant variety of lettuce.
I learned everything I know about square foot gardening from All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. I have read it cover to cover many times over and can attest to it being a wealth of information!
I also have Cubed Foot Gardening by Christopher O. Bird, and it has been very helpful as well.
What’s left to do?
I didn’t finish all of the tasks I wanted to yesterday. I still need to plant the sweet mint I mentioned earlier.
I also wanted to plant a couple of containers of potatoes. I stopped by Tractor Supply today searching for potato slips, but the helpful guys there told me I was about a month too late. Apparently potato slips are only sold in the early spring months here in North Carolina.
I saw potato slips in a seed catalog I ordered, so I will order those and get them in the ground as soon as they arrive.
Lastly, I bought 6 sweet potato plants today from Lowe’s with some large 20-quart containers in which they need to be planted.
Being a Novice Gardener
Clearly, I am a novice gardener. I have never had what I would consider to be a “successful” garden, but I continue to hold out hope that this will be the year!
I thought I would post my gardening adventures so you all could follow along with me. If you have advice or words of wisdom, I would love to hear it! The advice from others is invaluable.
Did you plant a garden this year? Tell me all about it in the comments! 🍅