Garden Quest #1Posted: May 21, 2014
Today’s science lesson was getting out into the garden and planting some of the frost-sensitive plants. I’ve got limited prepared soil and no budget to build more raised beds, so we co-opted a bed that normally has decorative annual flowers planted in it. The goblins actually got quite into it.
First, I turned the dirt to loosen it up. In one half of the bed I made the “hills” for the cucumbers and gave them each a handful of seeds to poke into the dirt. Next we set and hoed the rows for green beans. They took care of the planting and covering up the rows. They also “helped” with the watering can. It’s a small effort so far, but they seem excited. I’m hoping it will click more as the plants actually start to bloom and fruit.
Our peas are about 2-3″ tall at this point. Our spinach is being pokey. I’ve only managed to spot one seedling so far. Worst-case, I’ll try to re-sow that area if we’ve still got nothing in a couple weeks. Our cherry tomatoes are small but we’re getting awfully close to solidly warm weather that I think I will risk it and transplant them now versus moving them into intermediate pots from the “jugs” I started them in. I think our Thai hot peppers have finally sprouted.
We biked over to Lowe’s to check out steel prices for Frankentrailer 2.0 If all goes to plan, I will be able to make it for <$100 of raw materials. While we were there, though, we picked out a few more seed packets: pumpkins, sunflowers, and basil. That pretty much exhausts what Lowe’s has that I’m interested in. I might check out some other stores, but the dedicated garden centers are not in terribly great biking areas, so I may go online to check out other things.
What are you growing this year?