Early Summer Garden

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.

vegetable garden in early July

Swiss chard in the foreground, basil middle distance, tomatoes in back.

Our perennials roll right along.  No hollyhocks this year; they’ll return next year.

photo of perennial plants

Bee balm, cactus, hollyhocks, echinacea

Declare your independence from factory food this year:  If you haven’t done so already, start a garden!


About Peter, a/k/a sourdoughdaddy

Husband, dad, personal trainer, cross-country skier, trail runner, writer.
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