Vegetable Garden 2014 #WeekendCooking #SaturdaySnapshots

I thought it would be fun to document my garden this year for the Weekend Cooking crowd and, since flowers are a favorite photography subject, for Saturday Snapshots, too.

It’s hard to know where to start, so I went for the fantasy shot — the empty garden ready to plant.

Vegetable Garden

Ready for spring planting — photo taken from the upstairs bathroom window

What this doesn’t show is how many hours of work already went into the garden this year. I removed the skeletons of last year’s plants. Rick and I vacuumed up the leaves to chop them up a bit, then raked them on the bed again for some organic matter. I hauled up seven cart-loads of compost from the compost pile (on the north down-hill side of the house) to the garden (on the south up-hill side of the house). After raking that out, Rick taught me how to use the power cultivator to break everything up and stir in all that organic matter. Then, I shoveled out paths, covered them with straw (actually, the remnants of our ornamental grasses), and raked out the beds again. Whew!

I sketched a plan for this year’s garden using the above photo for my template.

Vegetable Garden Layout, 2014
Planting plan for 2014

I have never successfully grown lettuce or spinach. My theory is that I plant the seeds too deeply so they don’t germinate or too shallow so they get washed away when I water. So, I was very excited to learn that Jung Seed had a new thing they called seed tape. I was expecting some sort of adhesive, but seed tape turned out to be seeds sealed between strips of tissue paper. Cool! And it worked — the seeds didn’t disappear before they had a chance to germinate.

Lettuce seed tape
Seed tape alongside the tiny lettuce sprouts from the seeds I planted a week or so ago.
Spinach sprouts

Spinach sprouts — the first leaves look more like grass than a cooking green
Radish sprouts

Radishes grown from regular seeds — I’ve never had a problem growing radishes. These are terrific for a first seed experience for kids since they grow so quickly.

The blueberries started blooming!

Blueberry blossoms

Blueberry blossoms

This weekend, I’ll buy plants at the St. Louis Master Gardener Sale to fill the rest of my beds.

Are you growing vegetables this year? Or herbs?

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25 thoughts on “Vegetable Garden 2014 #WeekendCooking #SaturdaySnapshots”

  1. What a lovely garden! It’s obvious that you’ve put a lot of work into it, but that will surely result in healthy, abundant vegetables. Unfortunately, our yard has too much shade for a garden although I’ll probably grow tomatoes in containers (and probably some herbs too) on our deck. I’m looking forward to seeing more photos of your veggies as they grow.

  2. We usually have great luck with herbs, and mixed results with our veggies. Grew corn last year, but only got a couple of ripe ears that we could pick before the squirrels discovered it. (They don’t mind eating it before it’s ripe, we discovered.) We usually get good crops of green beans, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes, and at least a few from the other things we try. (It’s my husband who does most of the work for ours, though, so good for you for your efforts!)

  3. I tried a garden a few years ago, in front of my picture window on the south side of the house. Everything did really well. The next year not so well, too hot up against the house. Last year, we were getting new windows, so no plans. The installers would have trampled my tomatoes. Maybe this year in pots on the deck, but I too have squirrels who love everything before I have a chance to harvest. They have to eat too, I guess. *smile*

  4. Thanks for sharing the progress on your garden! Gardening is such hard work, but well worth the rewards. We’ve had good luck growing herbs and jalapeno peppers. If only our tomatoes would be successful, and then I could make salsa! Here’s my SNAPSHOT.

  5. Just wonderful that your garden is blooming while we’re still having snow! All the best for a wonderful Spring and growing season. Your garden has great potentials… love your plan. I’m not a green thumb, just an amateur birder, but I love to see how other people’s gardens grow. 😉

  6. Thanks for sharing your garden plan, it looks fabulous, lots of work but so rewarding. We’re heading for winter so the only thing going strong are my herbs and the spring onions. And our passionfruit and lime are still fruiting. Absolutely love your photos!!

  7. Oh, what promise the Earth holds at this time of year! We’re just thinking about planting seeds in flats in the greenhouse and planning out this year’s vegetable beds! So exciting!

  8. My garden was prepped a few weeks ago but we still have temps too cold to plant (a hard freeze almost nightly). I started everything inside but may need to start over as some of my seedlings have taken a wrong turn.

    Excited to watch your garden this year, always amazing to grow produce!

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