Back? Ok, remember those photos as you read through this post and keep in mind that this is only a month's growth. Just one month! That's what a little Texas sun and a whole lot of rain will bring!
Now that the garden is so large, I'm going to have to restructure these posts. There are 7 beds now and I'll start with Bed 1 (the original bed we built only 6 months ago).
Bed 1 (4x4; shallow) - Because this bed was the original one, it's in a constant state of flux in that when we finish with one crop, we immediately plant a new one in that particular square foot. This helps with soil development since we are constantly rotating crops.
Anyway, this first bed contains the widest variety of plants. That's 3 cucumber plants and a spaghetti squash along the back next to the hog panel trellis; then lambs-quarter, the last of my green onions, and green peppers in the next row; followed by green beans plants in the 3rd row; and sage, green beans and kale in the final row. Everything is growing beautifully and I'm harvesting the onions, kale, and sage on a fairly regular basis.
Bed 2 (4x8; shallow) - This is by far the most dramatic growth in the last month. The entire back row (along the trellis), and half of the second row, are about 6 different varieties of tomatoes and yes, I already have more than a dozen tomatoes growing just waiting to ripen and tons more blooms. It's VERY exciting! Finishing off the rest of the second row are the most mature of my green bean plants, covered in blooms and teeny tiny green beans. We should be eating green beans before long! Then the two front rows are all baby green pepper plants.
Bed 3 (4x10; deep) - I only have a few onions in this bed right now, but they'll be harvested before long to make room for the sweet potato slips I'm making inside the house. Mmm. Sweet potatoes!
Bed 4 (4x10; deep) - Nothing in this bed yet. It will most likely be full of carrots come Fall though. I may do a second bed of sweet potatoes. We'll see.
Bed 5 (4x9; shallow) - This bed has been completely planted, though the plants are all tiny at this point. Ignore the bricks. They are just there to help me measure the square feet until the plants get a little bigger. As for the goodies inside... The back row is all swiss chard; the second row is sage and basil; the third row is green peppers; and the fourth row is more basil and green peppers. They're all babies at this point, but I'm eager to see what difference a month will make in this bed!
Bed 6 (4x10; shallow) - Bed 6 is also completely planted. I spent extra time organizing the squares so that it would make a beautiful bed once it matured. Every third square foot is either lettuce, swiss chard, or collards. I'm hoping that by staggering the plants, it'll make for a pretty scene from the breakfast table. Again, these are all babies, but a month's growing should do wonders!
Bed 7 (4x10; deep) - This last deep bed also hasn't been planted, but come fall, it'll be onions and maybe some garlic. There's just nothing there now, but dirt.
Of course, I mentioned that inside I am making two varieties of my own sweet potato slips for (there's a first time for everything). I have absolutely NO idea what I'm doing, but the Vaughns from the farmers' market are coaching me through the process.
So that's what growing here at SGF Garden Therapy. I've learned so much just in the last 6 months about the life cycle of different plants, the beautiful diversity in different seeds, and how soothing it can be to nurse them from seed to harvest. And to think I'm 35 and just now figuring all this out. What new and exciting things are in store for me next? Stay tuned for next month's Garden Therapy to find out.