Almost Ready to Plant

Seedlings

I thought I’d start posting our garden progress after discovering the Homeschool Village Garden Challenge. In March, we started seeds indoors, observed them grow, and broke ground on the outside garden.

In April, we watered the plants that started from the seeds, watched them grow some more and kept working on the outside garden.  Oh, and I bought a compost pail to go under the sink.

That’s pretty much it.  Temps at night here have been in the high 30s, and after about May 9th, we pass the 90% freeze date for our area.  If you want to find your 90% freeze date, check this handy website!

So that means in two weeks, we can plant.

Here are my seedlings so far: zucchini, roma tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper.  They’re doing pretty well!  I’ll start taking them outside during the day to harden them in the next tw0 weeks, weather permitting.

Seedlings

Here is progress on the garden.  It needs to be walled because of our chinook winds (75mph+) and our rabbit population (I believe they are breeding inside a large planter adjacent to the house, which is not good for the plants trying to grow there).

In this photo you can see the 6 foot wall on the left, windward side, sloping down to 3 foot on the leeward side.

The dirt is topsoil mixed with amended soil.  Don’t ask me what it is amended with, but the local dirt place called it “garden starter” or something to that effect.  I’ll take a ton!

Garden

Here are the pickets waiting to go on this weekend:

pickets

And not to be overlooked are the Russian Sage, faithfully returning from winter dormancy.  They are receiving a lot of moisture so far this spring, and they will receive more when we get them on some irrigation.

Sage

But not much of that.. they were selected to be xeriscape plantings, and so far the only thing planted that won’t be water-wise will be the garden!

But it’s worth it.

Hopefully.

If the zucchini grows.

And for school, we have been discussing what plants need to grow, and we’ll be making the planting in a few weeks a family project.  The subsequent weeding will also be a family project.

For more progress updates on gardens, check out the linkup at Homeschool Village!

HSV Garden Challenge

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5 Comments

  1. Robin April 28, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    Your garden looks AWESOME!!!! I could only hope our measley little seeds amount to a nub ;)

    • esther April 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

      Hope it looks awesome after I move my plants out there into the wild! I’m not so sure….

  2. MissMOE April 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Looks like a great start!

  3. Zonnah April 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Your seedlings look amazing!

    • esther April 30, 2011 at 7:34 am #

      Hope they make it outside with the wind barrier, the wind just won’t let up!

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