Kyle picked up some great stuff at the market this week. The selection at the SOJ Market has expanded so much that it is really easy to do some creative meal planning around what we bring home on Saturday morning. In early spring, I would have to creatively use asparagus three times a week. Now in June, there is so much variety. I couldn’t be happier about the arrival of summer squash, and I even featured it as the Vegology Veg of the Week at the cooking demo last weekend.
Here’s what my handsome gatherer brought home to me this week:
- Onions (Pleitez Produce)
- Mixed Greens (Victory Farms)
- Carrots (Victory Farms)
- Turnips (Victory Farms)
- Summer squash (Pleitez Produce)
- Curry fusilli. . . I think (Bombolini Pasta)
In other news, I am pleased to announce the return of Gardenology. Remember when I started a patio garden last year? If not, you can read about the adventure here: Gardenology. It’s okay, I’ll wait. I have plenty of plant watering, shades wearing and sundress rocking to do while you catch up.
All finished? So, as you can see, my garden has grown a little since last year. I have also learned a bit from my
failures adventures in gardening last summer, so I am hoping that I will grow something (anything!) in this 4-by-8-foot vegetable incubator I have built with my own two hands.
I decided on a raised bed because our soil is full of clay and rocks, and I didn’t feel like trying to blend it with better soil to try to make it work. Plus I am pretty sure that is an advanced maneuver, which I am clearly not ready for yet. A layer of landscaping fabric separates our backyard dirt from the organic garden soil that I used for planting. This is supposed to help minimize weeds and keep that nasty clay dirt away from my lovely little plants. I think it is working well, although I am pretty sure I have a weed or two in there that looks like a tomato plant so I’m just nurturing it for now until it grows big enough for me to identify it as an intruder.
How about some progress photos?
I have a feeling that the garden is progressing kind of slowly, but most of the seeds sprouted and I don’t believe I have killed anything yet, so I should eventually get some vegetables out of it. I am not expecting much since I am horrifyingly incompetent when it comes to gardening, but I am doing my best.
Let’s have a closer look.
- Several types of tomatoes
- Green beans
- Eggplant (no sign of life yet, maybe they were duds)
- Sweet peppers
- Jalapeno peppers
- Some herbs
I used heirloom seeds for almost everything and organic soil that is meant for vegetable gardens. I just realized that might be why my garden seems a little slow. No chemical growth-boosters! I had an issue early on with bugs eating the leaves on my green bean plants, so I started using an organic spray called EcoSMART Garden Insect Killer. The active ingredients are rosemary oil, peppermint oil, thyme oil and clove oil. As far as I can tell, this has been working, and I am glad that I don’t have to either use chemicals or spend hours handpicking bugs off of the plants.
I will post another update when I have some garden news for you. Please leave tips in the comments or send me an email if you have any useful advice to share. I need all the help I can get!