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The Garden Project: 2016


This year’s garden didn’t start out so great. I sent seeds to my friend Kathy, who grew them to a beautiful stage. Then I left them outside too long to harden and I killed most of them. A few peppers survived, as well as a couple tomato plants and a couple cucumbers and a couple tomatillos. I re-planted a bunch of cucumber seeds so I hope they actually grow and catch up to the others, which are barely hanging on as it is. I also bought a bunch of tomato plants.

Another hurdle was the garden itself. I made a huge mistake when I put all the mulch on the garden. I regret it immensely. But there’s nothing I can do about it now. Well, I could, but it would take many loads in the garbage bin to do so. So, I decided to build raised beds. Out of old pallets. I’m going to write a post about this soon, but oh my word it was so much work. If you want to build raised beds, and if you’re able to afford it, build them out of new, untreated wood. Because the pallet way will break you.

I didn’t have time to build all the beds I wanted to in time for planting so I built four 4-foot by 4-foot beds. Then I needed the dirt. Kathy has cows and therefore manure, so I got some composted manure from her. It’s basically just dirt; it doesn’t stink at all. When all was said and done it was already June. My garden was finally planted on June 2. But then, last year at this time we got a frost just after May long weekend so maybe June isn’t so bad to finally plant.

beets & beans


Besides cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and tomatillos, I planted beets, beans, lettuce, yellow onions, green onions, and carrots. I was ecstatic when the first green popped up. The beets, followed by the beans, green onions, and peas.

green onions


The lettuce and carrots have just started coming up, but sparingly. Re-planting is so depressing. I’ve already had to re-plant some beets and beans because either they didn’t come up or the second leaves disappeared or never developed. Also some peas and onions. Basically half of everything that did come up, didn’t come up. I just finished the carrots.

I get discouraged too easily.

Our weather has also not been the greatest. It’s been cooler and we haven’t had much sun. I long for 25+ and cloudless skies! I want to see things grow past second leaves! Also, our neighbour’s tree shades the garden after 3pm which is super frustrating.

I have hope, though. I’m excited for what this gardening season will bring. And I can’t wait for the first harvest.

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  • Bobbie P Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 10:35 pm

    This is amazing!!! Your garden looks great, and yah raised beds are a crap-ton of work. Even with fresh lumber we only managed to get one built and planted and not until June 14th. Your winning :)

  • Becca Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 11:17 pm

    The raised beds will make next year easier. And you create little greenhouses to help lengthen your gardening season (beginning and end) by using PVC pipes to make hoops over the beds and plastic clipped to the pipes to make greenhouses.

  • jane Thursday, June 23, 2016, 7:14 am

    Some of my beans also have the missing second leaves – is it bugs or illness – I do not know and then a couple of June frosts “burned” some of the good leaves. Is it the wood chips not decomposing quickly that you are worried about being a mistake? I think you can layer manure on top and it will help decomposition and make the garden usable. The only thing is that weeds will probably come and keep you busier.
    Or for your vegetable rows dig a trench to expose the soil under the woodchips for the plants.
    I agree raised beds are work. They also dry our faster.

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