I got everything in much later than usual this year with the cool wet spring that we had, and frosts right up until mothers day which is when I would have normally planted everything out. But I’ll get you caught up on everything I did, and as of this morning the backyard is all planted. There are still some small beds along sidewalks and between my and my neighbors fences where I’ll be throwing in some melons and vining squash though.
This was the first bed to be prepped and planted on 4/26. There’s lettuce, spinach, kohlrabi, kale, onions, and garlic (fall planted) in this long strip that goes all along the sidewalk.
I finished landscaping in front Mother’s Day weekend since I wasn’t able to plant. I added 2 apple trees I was able to purchase with my new employee discount (I’m currently doing seasonal work at a garden center…it pays about the same as unemployment so things are still tough, but at least I’m working for it now). The low spot in back where the hedge was taken out was filled in and mulched. You can see I moved the lovage back there and planted a little bay laurel. When it warmed up amaranth was planted around the back of this area, and rows of viola and ornamental kale were added to the front. Celosia now lines the sidewalk.
5/19 I was finally able to dig again and was able to plant the main bed right away. This is 3 slicing tomatoes, 18 sauce tomatoes, 4 peppers, and 2 eggplant. It had to be covered from frost twice after this even though it went in later than normal!
5/21 I added trellises along the privacy fence and planted my pole beans…Cherokee Trail of Tears and Hidatsa Shield in a new tiny bed along the fency. I pulled out the sod at this point as well and took out enough grass and roots that I had to fill the area back in with topsoil.
5/25 I finished one of the 2 side beds. The purple potatoes were put in here earlier, and were hilled at this point. Pink potatoes were planted, broccoli, zucchini, and patty pans were seeded.
And the final bed was just finished. To show how late in the season it was I took a before picture. You can see I actually had to weedwack before I could turn it over! Fences were put up for cucumbers, and the rest was filled in with carrots and bush beans.