May 06, 2020

Planting day

Monday was a glorious day.

Colin was playing with the sunlight on the potted carrots and showed me that we now have palm trees ūüôā

The heat helped us decide that Monday was the day to plant some of our seedlings. As you can see from their size, the zucchini need to be in the garden. ¬†I can’t believe we grew these two from seeds. The wee elf came with the garden and we decided to keep him for good luck. Just behind Colin in the next box is a cucumber plant.

I am not doing so well with the bending and getting up again so I am mostly the designer and director while Colin does the planting.

Above Colin is planting two cucumber plants, one we grew from seed and one we purchased. ¬†Mid photo next to the beige trellis and under the two covers are our trellis peas. ¬†We have a row on either side. Not sure how the back row is going to do as it does not get as much sun. ¬†Next year we will come up ¬†with a different trellis design so that the sun will pass thru. ¬†We only planted peas in half of this large box. ¬†In a few days we will plant the rest. ¬†That way we will/should have fresh peas once the first part is harvested. ¬†Just above Colin’s head is our box of beets and they are about an inch high.

To the right of the beets are our self standing peas, no support needed. ¬†Not all have germinated but they will spread. ¬†Plus I have another empty box in which I will plant more by the end of the week. ¬†Who doesn’t like fresh peas out of the garden?

To the right of the peas is our box of strawberries. Half were already here and we added four more large plants. There are even a few berries on the one plant.  The beets, peas and strawberries form the top of the garden.

Just below the strawberries we have a pot of flowers and two romaine lettuce. They were a last minute purchase by Colin. As I am not going to have flowers this year I have planted six pots with petunias and mums just to have some colour in this garden.  Along the base of the green mesh we planted six organic cucumber seeds.  It will be interesting to see how they grow from seeds put directly into the soil.

I have three beds to the left of the one above and they will hold eight tomatoes plants, four of which we planted on this wonderful day, as well as beans.  One bean was a plant that we grew from a seed who we call Mr. Bean.  He is not too happy at the moment.  We also planted two rows of bean seeds in the soil next to a trellis.  This will be our first time planting beans. I know that we are going to have so much produce.  Happy to share if you are in the area.

This is kale, planted in the same bed as the trellis peas, 4th photo from the top, next to the blue stake. Not a great photo but it was taken through the covering mesh which was not closed at the far end. Something, like quail, had been nibbling and ate four entire tiny plants and started on another as you can see.  The mesh has been reinforced.

As you can tell we are loving our garden. ¬†The past two springs we have been in Europe for 4 weeks and 6 weeks. ¬†It is nice to be home this year. ¬†Sadly our June trip to Yellowstone has been canceled as well as my May trip to Edmonton to see my chiropractor. ¬†We don’t plan to take our special trip in October but recovering our funds will will be a challenge. However I refuse to think about that for another 3 -4 weeks.

Have any of you grown an onion from the bottom of an onion?  That is what this is all about. It will get planted in the next few days.

I like to think of this as my Christmas tomato.  The tiny red bulb is the seed that the plant spouted from.  However the red seed shell refuses to fall off.  Cute.  There are two tomatoes plants in this small container.

Today, Wednesday, was cool with rain most of the day. At one point we had a few inches of rain on the road out front. Then the wind picked up. So it has been put the seedlings out to harden but then bring then back in. Oh the large potted plants are getting too much wind, move them into the shed and so on. I know that the garden doesn’t need to be watered ūüėź But I still think of my poor babies.

Stay safe everyone.





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14 responses so far

14 Responses to “Planting day”

  1. Jim and Barb says:

    Looks like you are on your way to becoming a regular farmer, you just need to work on the wave!

  2. Maxx Trails says:

    Your garden is looking great, you should have an amazing crop!

  3. Looking like you will have a very productive garden.
    Be Safe and Enjoy reaping the Vegetables of your labour.

    It’s about time.

    • contessa says:

      We are doing our best to stay safe and for certain intend to enjoy the fruits of our labour. Thanks for checking in.

  4. one of my cucumber plants died yesterday, likely due to the windstorm we had the night before, but I planted so many have replacements. My lobelia is not loving the strawberry pot, may have to rescue it and replant it in planters and find something else to go in the strawberry pot, maybe succulents. Having lots of produce is a wonderful thing to share with others – especially that baker lady!

    • contessa says:

      Sniff! Sorry about your cuke plant, one of ours is not very happy at the moment. That darn wind. We don’t have any grown just seeds. If it dies we will purchase another plant. YEs I plan to share some produce with her. Two days ago she had chocolate fudge brownies and today homemade bread. I am saying no. Holding out for lemon meringue pie.

  5. Deb says:

    Big garden space. I am enjoying watching it progress. I”ve never heard of planting an onion like that, I’m curious as to how it turns out. Good luck!!

    • contessa says:

      The interesting thing about these gardens is that they are all different sizes. Our first one was much smaller and had no boxes so we got lucky with this one. Just Google how to start an onion from an onion.

  6. Polly says:

    Planting day FOR COLIN turned into a beautiful day!
    Garden looks fantastic!

  7. Judith says:

    Aha. I look forward to seeing the onion from an onion progress. I have just put the tip of a green onion
    (spring, scallion, whatever) in a little glass and have seen another top growing a shoot about 2″ in the last week. (I like the green tops in salads or on baked potatoes….) I didn’t know you can do it from a big onion. Yea…..Thanks.

    • contessa says:

      I have read that you can just get the green shoots or you can wait at least 60 days for a big onion to form. As I said this was an experiment, a fun one.

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