A month ago we sacrificed unpacking from a 2 week trip to Switzerland (more on that soon) to spend the weekend putting in our veggie garden. It turned out to be the funnest weekend. Really any weekend I can spend outside with Sean, smelling like sunscreen, soaking up the sun, and bbq-ing is a good weekend in my book.
And one month later:
The one month recap is that everything is actually doing really great. Our pumpkins each have a couple leaves and we thinned them out a bit and adjusted the water (pumpkins need a TON of water). I think this is the year that we finally got them in the ground early enough. We are already up to our elbows in squash, lettuce and arugula. Herbs are doing really good. We have a couple little jalapenos and another mystery type of pepper that I can’t remember the name of growing. Out of curiosity we peeked to see how the carrots are doing and there are legit full on carrots waiting to be pulled up. Crazy! I started a garden binder a couple years back and have been keeping a garden journal with notes of what was planted, when, seed packets for reference, recaps on how things are doing at different stages, what has worked well and what hasn’t, and things that we did to combat issues. I am hoping that after a couple years this becomes a valuable reference. Another huge help has been Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening book. It breaks everything down month by month and has such good and easy to understand common sense advice.