The boys and I filled the third 4’x4′ square foot garden this morning after one last dirt run to home depot. Buying dirt just feels wrong considering beneath the grass in my yard is a nearly unlimited supply, but my dirt is red Georgia clay, so I’ve been led to believe supplementing with a higher quality soil will pay off.
Jack (8) and Zane (5) were actually a huge help getting the raised beds set up. From building the boxes themselves to helping me run the last bit of twine this morning, it’s been a group effort so far, and they’re both into helping out for now.
I’m super late with some planting, that I know, but I’m going to just charge ahead with it anyway, accepting that this will be a learning season for me for sure. While I have a few moderately established tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers going from back in early May, I’ve also got some new-ish okra, squash, and beans going, with some truly brand new seedlings having just gone in today.
Of the three raised square foot beds that I plan to use as my primary growing area, I planted seed in the middle bed today – peppers, squash, onion, etc. I’ve also some other seedlings on the front porch – tomato, more peppers, and gourds sprouted in peat that are going to need to go in somewhere shortly. Besides that, I have a small order of seeds coming in from South Georgia Seed Co that will be the last handful of seeds to go in the ground, late as it is.
Of all this so far this year, the two that have surprised me are the cucumber plant in the ground and the bell pepper in the HD bucket. The cucumber because it absolutely took over the ground bed and is now climbing up a quick rope trellis like a champ. The bell pepper is doing what it’s meant to do, I’ve just been surprised that such a large fruit, and so many, will come off such a small plant!