Gardening Diary: Peas, Beets, Greens, Plus 2013 Plans

I planted my first seeds a week ago Monday (May 6th) so I figured I’d better post something, along with some gardening plans.

I had three rows of garden last season, along with countless containers. This season, I’m planning on the three rows, and a few containers.

In the row that grew tomatoes last season, I planted my cool-weather crops.

Peas, Beets, Asian Greens

I had opened pea seed packs from last season, so I used those up first. This time I set up the trellises first and then planted the seeds in front and back of each trellis. Last season, my pea plants were all over the place, and they were a jumbled mess.

So, one small row of shell peas in front of first trellis, and snap peas in back of the shell peas, and then more snap peas in two rows front and back of the second trellis. Next week, for the remaining two trellises, I will plant a new batch of snap peas, to help stagger the harvest times.

shell and snap pea sprouts garden May 2013

From last season’s opened seed-packs, I planted beets on the far right end, and then scattered Asian mixed greens seeds over the middle area.

Asian greens just starting to peek:
asian mixed greens from seeds garden May 2013
Beet greens popping up:
beets from seeds garden May 2013

The oregano plant looks awesome again this season. It’s so easy to grow, and it just keeps coming back. This will be the third season!

oregano plant garden May 2013

Here’s a full shot of the garden:
full view of garden May 2013
It’s difficult to see the first two wire trellises for the peas, but they are on the far left, first row, next to the white trellises.

My plan for the summer is to plant pickling cukes, tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, more beets, and perhaps peppers. I had such bad luck with the peppers last year, I am not sure if I want to try again.

I’m thinking tomatoes along the back fence, and I’d love to put the cukes in the front row, maybe dispersed with the greens and beets. I wonder, by the time the cukes are spreading out, the greens will be spent? I’ll have to look back at my last season photos and figure out how big the cuke plants were in late June.

My containers from last season are a mess with all sorts of weeds growing in them. I’m thinking of removing all weeds, dumping all the soil into my wheel barrow, mixing it up, maybe adding some compost, then adding it back to the containers for new plants.

Anyone have any ideas or plans for their veggie garden this summer? Life is good!

4 thoughts on “Gardening Diary: Peas, Beets, Greens, Plus 2013 Plans”

  1. Debbie, this is so exciting!!

    The first year I planted snap peas I didn’t really know what to expect and had a huge jumbled mess on my hands. I learned quickly and agree – set the supports first and then plant. :)

    Do you think if you pull the weeds and then mix with compost, the weed seeds will be gone? I never really have known how to deal with that particular issue in a natural way.

    Can’t wait to see your yields!

  2. haha, no, I don’t expect the weeds will be gone, but funny, there wasn’t THAT many last year in the containers (while I was growing). I was really surprised at how many crazy weeds are now rowing in the pots. Some I didn’t recognize!

    I have to say what helped last season for both containers and in-ground was I used lawn clippings as a “mulch” covering on top of the soil and around all the plants. Now I don’t know how much it contributed to future weeds, but it really helped keep the current weeds at bay.

    And last fall, DH covered the whole area with a bunch of dried brown leaves. It seemed to help because there was only a slight area that had new weeds growing. The rest stayed clear.

    I’ll probably do the same thing with the lawn clippings this season too. They dry into a nice golden straw, and will also help keep the moisture in the soil too. And it looks cool. hahaha. Oh one thing I did hear was to try to mow the lawn BEFORE any grass or weed goes to seed. That usually helps keep future weeds down.

    I hope you get a chance to have a garden this year too Angela.

  3. Great idea with the leaves and lawn clippings! I don’t think I’ll have a garden this year (next year for sure!), so I am going to live vicariously through you and a couple other friends. And, hit up the Farmer’s Market more than usual. :)

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