The Vegetable Garden

After the last frost, I had John loosen the soil to plant my tomatoes, peppers and squash. We had a lot of rain in May with a few chilly nights in the early part of the month, so I waited until May 15th, when I asked John to use his pick axe to turn up compacted soil.


I had limited time this spring and didn’t add peat moss or organic matter to the soil. Next year will be different with the backyard graded and cleared allowing for a bigger garden.

Regardless of not amending the soil, the plants have been thriving since I planted them on May 15th.


Using a a pick axe is exhausting to say the least. (Video) After John was finished, it took a couple hours for me to rake, dig holes for a dozen plants and add a few bags of mulch to keep the weeds down.


My container tomato plant was very small on that day.


And so was my zucchini that I started from seed.


As of this morning, this is the garden after a full night of rain. The squash seedling that was in my hand is planted in the right corner to the right of the geranium rectangular planter.


It only took about one month for everything to grow to the height it is now. The buckets in the background will be used for when we do the grading job.


The tiny tomato plant in the earlier photo is on the left and bearing a lot of fruit along with the one on the right

Today’s an exciting day. I’m collaborating with Lowes on a project for the Gronomics Rustic Elevated Garden Bed, which John assembled a couple of weeks ago. It’s time to add soil and plants. Stay tuned!

9 thoughts on “The Vegetable Garden

  1. I love it, Sue! You and I are just alike we have to have our “little bit of Earth!” Right now I am enjoying a nice ripe tomato that came from my greenhouse. Much more delicious than the “rubber” tomatoes from the store!

    Enjoy yourself!!!

  2. A garden spade is one of the best tools ever made for breaking up soil and moving plants as the tines have less resistance to heavy dirt vs a shovel and a spade can get down to the roots of plants, especially densely rooted ones such as agapanthus when we wish to move them.

    Also, vermiculite is a wonderful addition to clay or other dense soils, though it should be used sparingly as to not make the soil so light it won’t hold water.

    Your garden is looking great and obviously is well suited for vegetables.

  3. I live nearby, in North NJ, and I wonder how you keep the riff-raff out of your garden ? Don’t you have rabbits, ground hogs, or deer by you ?! Do you tie your dog out there every night ? Do you and John stand watches all night !? That patch would be wiped out, over by me. That garden looks so inviting, I feel like taking a bite or two, myself,
    haha !

  4. Have you considered vermiposting? Worms! They take care of plenty of kitchen waste and provide you compost and worm tea for fertilizer. And if a few go astray and end up in the dirt, they will help to amend it naturally.

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