Since the days are getting longer and the temperatures are getting warmer and here in Waterloo Region we are getting close to the average last frost day (which is around May 11) I thought it might be neat to start some posts about our vegetable garden.
We planted a vegetable garden last year which was the first full summer we had at this house. Our last house didn't really have a garden and one of the things we were looking for when looking for a new house was some property that would allow us to have a garden. We found that with this house. The overall property is just under a quarter acre and the backyard is about 80 feet deep by 130 feet wide. This allows for a few good sized flower beds as well as a 16 foot by 12 foot vegetable garden. Last year we didn't make full use of the garden but we were still able to get three kinds of tomatoes ('Early Girl', Roma and cherry) a whole bunch of zucchini (or courgette), some beets, some peas and a stray pumpkin. This year we will be looking to balance some things out (planting 15 zucchini seeds and then not thinning them out means you end up with a LOT
of zucchini and zucchini bread) and try some new stuff.
So this year we are considering planting spinach, radishes, green beans, peas, beets, carrots, cucumbers, pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant (or aubergine). I have already started three kinds of tomatoes from seed (Roma, Beefsteak and a cherry variety), one kind of pumpkin (small sugar), eggplant and peppers. The tomatoes are doing well as are the pumpkin but the peppers and eggplant are really taking their time coming up. I hope to be putting the tomatoes and pumpkins in the garden in the next couple of weeks as well as starting the spinach, radishes (which may be too late already) and peas in the garden in the next week.
Last weekend I got the garden into the blank slate state by doing a full double digg
and adding compost from our composter as I did that. So now I have a blank slate pictured below. Again, this is a 16 foot by 12 foot garden. It gets about 9-10 hours of direct sunlight a day (from about 9:30-10:00am until about 7-8pm). The camera is looking basically north in the picture below.
I hope to post almost weekly updates on the garden over the summer including pictures. It should be fun to see how the garden develops over the summer.