We finally put plants in the raised bed on May 3rd. Whew, that felt good! Plant dates kept getting postponed due to the weather or my schedule. I’m glad we didn’t hold off any longer since it has remained rainy and overcast ever since.
I bought the tomato and pepper transplants from High Tides and Green Fields; everything else is from seed. I started basil, dill, and cucumbers indoors, but they were pretty mopey by the time I got them in the ground. The cucumbers that were directly sown already look better than the transplants.
I got these neat curly tomato stakes when Nicole took me to North Haven Gardens in Dallas. I’m counting on them. Come through for me, unique tomato stakes!
The circle garden near the raised bed: strawberries and freshly planted ground cherry plants. There’s also a struggling overwintered red cabbage plant. I should put it out of its misery.
Potatoes! I’m trying Yukon gold, all blue, and yellow finn. On the far side is the lettuce patch. Sadly, they’re not doing so good. But Abbey is good. She’s such a sweetheart. She never tries to escape, unlike her mischievous sister, Chimay.
I stay organized with this spreadsheet, which helps me remember varieties and plant dates and to make better decisions next time. I’m also using it to keep track of costs, though I haven’t put a lot of effort into that yet. Maybe it will help you get organized, or maybe it will help you feel better about your own system.