I'm a total gardening newbie. I've dabbled for the past two years with growing a few tomatoes and herbs, but this is the first year that I've really planned out a full scale vegetable garden and then gone ahead and actually implemented it. Thanks to my wonderful husband B, I now have two beautiful planter boxes that will hold my (*fingers crossed*) abundance of yummy veggies.
Here is the picture of my half-completed garden, Planter box #1
I've got bush bean seeds planted under the string trellis, then between
that and the salad mix starts are a row each of leaf lettuce and
spinach. It's my first time ever growing from seed and I know I probably
should have started them indoors, but if you saw what a mad house I
live in, you'd know that the seeds are much safer starting themselves
outside in the ground.
Beyond the salad mix starts is one black cherry tomato plant, then 6
little bunches of Walla Walla onions. I was told by a neighbor this
morning that if I want the onions to grow to their normal size, I need
to separate each bunch into individuals plants and put them about 3
inches apart, so the next time a sun break coincides with my toddler, W's nap, I'll
be out there separating. At the very end of the planter (on the top in
this picture) are 2 of my herbs, Cilantro on the left and English Thyme
on the right. And if you notice just below the Cilantro, there are two
sticks. No, I am not planning on growing sticks. Those were just to
remind me that I needed to leave room for my zucchini plants which
haven't arrived from the greenhouse yet. Though I might have to
reconfigure things now that I know that each onion has to be separated. I
might move one zucchini plant to the other box and spread the onions
out a little more. I plan on either letting the zucchini trail over the
side of the planter or staking them up somehow. I also need a stake or
one of those tomato tower thingies (that's the technical term I believe)
for the tomato in this planter and the 5 more I plan to plant in the
other one. Yes, we love tomatoes! Especially W who eats grape and cherry
tomatoes like candy.
It's a pretty wet day here in Western Washington, so I'm glad I got my
garden started before the rain and wind came . . . otherwise I might
have been tempted to just wait until the next sunny day (which in
Seattle, might NEVER come!).