This Friday like every Friday since I moved to night shift I have taken the time without the pleasure of the company of my husband to focus in on things that I can do without his presence. Which means, planting day and construction day.
So this may not seem like a lot of work to new gardeners, and admittingly it is not back breaking work to plant seeds (especially with a raised garden) however, planting is time consuming and tedious if you don’t enjoy the work.
I first started with planting the largest garden bed with Carrots, Beets, Radishes, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Cilantro, Green Beans, Onions, And Yellow Summer Squash (I planted the Zucchini later when I found my seeds). I also planted some Zinnias that included the Large Cactus Zinnias and the Semi Dwarf Mixed Color Zinnias.
At the far end I planted a row of Sunflowers in front of the Squash and Beets. There seems to be a lot planted in this bed not just because it is a large planting area but I am practicing the over planting method that the MI Gardener has shown to produce well and protect against bug infestation due to the nature of fully covered planting areas.
Since most of these crops tolerate shade better than very sunny areas, I planned the planting area to keep the area as shady and as cool as possible in the hopes of protecting the cool loving plants from the intense heat of the sun. In the small planter behind the large bed I planted peas (which is the shadiest part of the planters).
I then planted the Sugar Baby Watermelon and Cantaloupe around the Red Oak tree with the slight addition of some sunflowers for decoration.
I got all these planted just before an onslaught of rain so I’m hoping it gives them a healthy start!
And as typical with gardening and direct planting of seed, you cross your fingers and wait anxiously to see what comes up! Wish me luck!
As Always, building self-sustaining and beautiful gardens is not easy, so I hope you find the inspiration and encouragement you need in this publication to begin your journey to a healthier and more beautiful self-sustaining life.
Your Upstate Gardener/Crafter