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
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 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
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
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.