Friday, May 10, 2013

At Last

It's May 9th and after waiting 2 1/2 weeks I have a tilled garden plot. May 10-11th Heritage Farm is the location of an annual plant sale in which droves of people will descend on the site. There will be no gardening this weekend until that sale ends Sunday afternoon.

Lot 40 with it's Fava Bean plants, just Fava beans

I had come to the garden to see if we needed to get a rototiller and do it ourselves. As I stood looking at the plot I was thinking that this is Mother's Day weekend, one of the busiest nursery shopping holidays. The last place I want to be is a nursery or garden center shoving my way to the plant display and standing in the longest lines ever.

So I headed straight over to Yard N Garden Land (the closest nursery and a good one) and picked out a flat of vegetables for the garden. No real thought to the variety or the plan that is half finished in my head. The only thing I remembered was the advice last year to select corn with the shorter maturity time. 

I now have a variety of plants ready to go to the garden at any moment the urge strikes (which may be Sunday afternoon, unless it's raining). I got corn, green beans, crook neck squash, zuchini, onions, and 3 pumpkins.

I'll wait on the tomatoes for a week or two (despite seeing them already in at the garden). Around here the first week of June is considered a safe time to plant tomatoes. Plus, I still need to buy some cages, last year I used some hand me downs in different sizes. I learned that unless you have someone build a fancy custom cage, the large metal cages work best.

Before I go I'd like to say "Happy Mother's Day" to my mom, my sister and Chris' mom.


  1. Your vegetable garden sounds like it is off to a good start. I put my tomatoes in already, but I am protecting them with a glass cloche at night.
    I think I will avoid garden centres and nurseries this weekend too. There is so much to do at home anyway- it rained yesterday and now everything is sprouting including the weeds!

  2. Yes, the rain is here now, I'm pretty sure when I get back to the garden I will have a crop of weeds.