My first time backyard garden plot…

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It is almost July and time to share my progress with my first time backyard raised garden plot! It has been very rewarding to build this plot from scratch and work on it all this time. Here is all my progress so far:

1). Stage One: Building and Prepping

Here is a snapshot of the garden bed and fence. The fence is just enough to keep the dog out as she is not motivated enough to jump over it.

Here is a snapshot of the garden bed and fence. The fence is just enough to keep the dog out as she is not motivated enough to jump over it.

Next year, I plan to expand this garden and fence! We also added pretty solar powered fairy lights to the fence to make the garden extra beautiful and inviting. They were very cheap but work quite well. Cutting the grass in the plot and around the fence is a bit of a challenge though. A weed wacker helps with this.

2). Stage Two: Growing Seedlings

Some seedlings were prepared in this tray indoors before being transplanted outside

Some seedlings were prepared in this tray indoors before being transplanted outside

Some things we started as seedlings while others were just planted directly outside. This seedling tray was not very good so I will not be using it next year. However, we started to see things grow within just 4 days. It was very exciting.

3). Stage Three: Transplanting and Watering

Things are growing! Mostly herbs but also cucumbers, habanero peppers, and tomatoes.

Things are growing! Mostly herbs but also cucumbers, habanero peppers, and tomatoes.

I worried about my garden for the first 7 days or so but soon everything seemed stable. I definitely did not space things out as much as I should have so that is a lesson learnt for next year. Dill, cilantro, and basil seemed to do the best of the herbs. I watered every other day or so. Sometimes it was hard to tell the difference between weeds and actual produce.

4) Stage Four: Growing and Picking

Many lessons-mostly about spacing-have been learned for next year!

Many lessons-mostly about spacing-have been learned for next year!

Some plants are just overflowing…like the cucumbers and tomatoes! They are overshadowing some of the herbs whose progress is now limited but it is all my fault due to poor spacing. So far we have harvested the cilantro a few times and expect other things to grow soon.

Well, that is it for now. Not so exciting since the big things like the cucumbers, tomatoes, and zucchini have not developed yet but I have seen baby green onions and all kinds of herbs do really well so far. If nothing else, I know next year will be amazing as I have a much better understanding of things now.

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