This year is a transition year for our garden. A Rutgers soil analysis showed that our soil was on the alkaline side. After years of dumping pounds and pounds of manure, compost and new topsoil each spring, we chose to go with a modest amount of an organic fertilizer to bring the soil into line.
We’re also behind: I never got around to starting seeds in the winter, and I didn’t plant those things that require planting in April – chard, green beans and so forth.
Once I finally got to work, I didn’t plant as densely as I’ve habitually done: I thought dense planting might be having a negative impact on how well the plants do. So there aren’t so many plants in the garden, but there are way more weeds. :)
Tomatoes are doing the best of all. After the past couple of years’ mixed non-success with tomatoes, I ordered heirloom transplants, which were shipped overnight. The seedlings were much more robust than what I’ve started in the past. Basil, green beans and the leafy greens are all behind the tomatoes.
Our perennials roll right along. No hollyhocks this year; they’ll return next year.
Declare your independence from factory food this year: If you haven’t done so already, start a garden!