And the planting is done

I’m totally exhausted.  I feel sunburned, drained, in need of more water, you name it.  The hubby and I had a pretty full day of running errands, and we decided to go before dinner to the garden.  We completely lost track of time and spent almost 4 HOURS there this evening. Now that the days are so long, we don’t even notice the darkening light.  We got in the car when we were done and saw that it was 8 pm! What?! Where did the time go?

We started off the gardening part of the day (other parts included going to the local bike store to buy a kickstand, helmet for K and a water bottle holder for my bike, going to the Co-op, and some other errands) by checking out the plants on our deck and getting them ready for transplanting to the garden.  Bailey decided to help us out by cramming himself (unsuccesfully, I might add 🙂 ) into one of the cardboard flats we used to bring home some plants from Pigliaventos in.

Bailey the Bo-bo in yet another box

Bailey the Bo-bo in yet another box

Our alpine strawberry plant is looking pretty good! Flowering already!

Alpine strawberry

Alpine strawberry

Hubby dug up the frying peppers and Moon and Stars melon that we started in planters on our deck earlier this Spring.  We brought them with us to the garden to transplant.

Moon and Stars melon in the planter

Moon and Stars melon in the planter

Moon and Stars melon transplanted to the garden

Moon and Stars melon transplanted to the garden

Frying pepper transplanted to the garden

Frying pepper transplanted to the garden

Then of course, I had to take the obligatory pictures of the “state of the garden.”  Today was the first time we’d been there since last Sunday.

Carrots

Carrots

The Danvers carrots look like they are doing well!  The carrot tops are about 1-2 inches high now, and I think in a few weeks we can start thinning them out and eating the leftover baby carrots.

Everbearing strawberries

Everbearing strawberries

We are in a perpetual state of “what to do” with our strawberries.  They say to pick off the flowers the first year and not let the plants bear fruit in order to get a stronger plant that bears more fruit the following year.  So in the beginning, we picked off the flowers.  But then we thought we might not be here next year, so we should enjoy whatever strawberries we do get, so we’re letting them flower now.

Golden chard

Golden chard

We’ll have to start thinning the chard out soon as well.  They are about 2-3 in. high right now and they can get to be quite large, so some babies will have to go.  (Woe!)

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

These are about 3 inches, maybe 4 right now.  Looking good!  As an aside, the hubby and I went with friends to a new German Biergarten on Thursday night, and one of said friends is vegetarian and ordered an awesome side of cooked brussel sprouts. It was so yummy and I can’t wait till we have our own!

Our three lettuce beds, getting huge!

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And the spinach and onions!

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Our snap peas keep growing, but haven’t yet decided to climb the bamboo poles we gave them. They are at least 6 inches high now.

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Besides transplanting the melon and pepper plants, the hubby and I planted our final two seeds…sweet corn and green beans.  He tells me the green beans grow fast, we should start seeing them sprout within a week.  No idea how the corn will do!

Then, before we came home, we decided to go “shopping” in our garden for the week!  We cut more lettuce for salads this week and much of the spinach!  No need to buy any this week at the farmers market!

K holding bags of lettuce and spinach from our garden

K holding bags of lettuce and spinach from our garden

Then for good measure, I cut some of the prolific curly parsley to use in the kitchen this week.  I think it’s going to start going to seed soon anyway.

Curly parsley

Curly parsley

Bringing it home with us

Bringing it home with us

And that is most of what we did today in the garden, besides mulching and weeding of course.  No wonder why we were there so long.  The more amazing thing is that it didn’t feel like 4 hours at all.

And…we are DONE with our planting! Every single seed we bought this year we have planted! I can’t believe we fit all of it in there. It required some creative layouts, but we did it!  We started with this:

In the beginning

In the beginning

Fully planted garden as of 5/30/09

Fully planted garden as of 5/30/09

All that green in the beds by the fences is all our lettuce and onions and spinach.  The beds in the middle are the strawberries, melon, brussels sprouts, snap peas, green beans, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, carrots, chard, corn and garlic.  Holy cow, I can’t believe we fit it all, just barely.  Soon that brown dirt will be overflowing with fruit and veggies galore, and the spinach and lettuce will be done and turning back into brown dirt. Perhaps we’ll plant another harvest of lettuce and spinach for the fall when it’s cooler and will grow well again.  If we actually get a little bit of everything we planted, this will have been the greatest experience.

It’s late now, and I need some sleep.  Tomorrow is the farmers market and after that we’re heading to Schoharie to meet with the Cannery Co-op to see if we will get involved.  Hopefully we’re a good fit for each other and I can volunteer my time and they can use my help.  Night!

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