Planting in one of the new plots in mid-May
We decided to try out a few different locations this summer to see if one area of our yard was any better than another. We have two plots in the same location as last summer, a plot and a container along the back of our yard to take advantage of and area where we lost some trees, and another plot along one side of the yard. We're growing lots of tomatoes (a few heirloom varieties and some romas that I'll use for pico de gallo and guacamole), squash, cucumbers, zucchini, cilantro, oregano, basil, thyme, sage, and rosemary. We were supposed to have strawberries, but inadvertently picked up a second squash plant.... I'm glad I like squash! One of our neighbors sprouted corn from seed and generously shared shared some stalks with us, so we recently transplanted those to our gardens, too! We also planted a few flowers in the plots for some color.
The tomatoes are already coming along really nicely. Big J has pruned them a bit and planted several of the pruned pieces (called suckers) in small pots - and they've rooted and become more tomato plants. I'm excited about all of the fresh herbs, and have already printed out a few recipes I want to try. The kids are always excited to go out and check on the plants and water the gardens. The best part? Often, a trip outside to the gardens ends in some family time in the back yard, playing some of our awesome, made-up games!