Par for the Course

Things are humming along steadily in the garden this week. The lettuces continue to grow, the pepper cress germinated, and many of the herbs have at least one set of true leaves. We're now entering a rather boring stage, so I think from this point out updates will be bi-weekly. Basically, I'm just waiting on the first seeding of crops to grow to maturity, and the second seeding to germinate; there won't be much action until fruits begin to appear. So enjoy these photos and come back here in a couple of weeks!

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Second Seeding

Warm temperatures are finally here, and I decided to plant the warm-weather crops. The last frost date for our area is April 4th, so I'm a few days early, but I feel confident. The remaining plants are all heat-loving, cold-intolerant crops, with cycles between 60 and 100 days. So now is a great time to get them in the ground.

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Bouncing Back

Things look like they're getting back on track. Like I thought, the pepper cress has to be dug up. I planted it far too densely, the stalks are tangled around each other, and it's a big mess. Lesson learned there. The good news is the rest of the garden is coming in strong!

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Killing Frost

Of course it was too good to be true. As you probably experienced, the beautiful warm weather broke and temperatures plunged below freezing — our lowest was 22°F — almost overnight. Initially, I thought everything would be fine. Everything I planted is frost-resistant...or so I thought. Once night time temperatures dropped below freezing and daytime temps stayed below 50, the problems started.

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Sprout Up

Success! Somewhat. Let me say how satisfying to see tiny seedlings full of life emerging from the expensive soil housed in the very expensive planter. This is the first time I've ever grown from seed and I'm impressed with how easy it's turning out to be.

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Seed Down

Choosing what to plant has always been a bit of a clusterf*ck. My usual strategy is to go to the nicest garden center in town and lose my mind. I end up with a car full of incompatible plants and zero idea what to do with all of them. The first year, I actually dug into the heavy clay soil in my backyard. The next year, I spent a fortune on containers, overbought again, and yet again had no idea what to do with all the random plants. This year, I'm working smarter, not harder.

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Plantersaurus Rex

This year will be very different, and it all begins with the perfect planter. Previously, I've grown fruits and vegetables in grow pots on the ground, thus killing my grass and making the plants easy dinner for pests. This year I'm not only employing a raised bed, but I built it myself. Behold...Plantersaurus Rex!

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