2014 Backyard Garden Notes

In early May, I decided to change our garden a bit by switching to a raised-bed, square-foot garden, even though we have little knowledge on the subject. We need to study more about the compatibility of plants, watering, planting times, etc. Based upon what grows this season, we'll make better plans and learn more during the winter.

Maybe this fall or next spring, we can try adding plastic over the garden to extend the growing season for some plants. Maybe we should stagger the planting time for each bed. Anyway, that's thoughts for the off-season.

On Sat, May 24, 2014, we shopped for plants at Bench's farm/greenhouse, located along Route 2, a little west of Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area. On Sun, May 25, we bought more plants and seeds at The Andersons on Talmadge Rd. On Mon, May 26, we planted everything in our raised-bed, square-foot garden.

Plan

Frame Layout

Original plan to be replicated across all three beds.

northwest
A B C D
1 Peas (8) Tomato (1) Tomato (1) Tomato (1)
2 Carrots (16) Bush Beans (9) Spinach (9) Beets (16)
3 Radishes (16) Cucumbers (2) Egg Plant (1) Broccoli (1)
4 Pepper (1) Carrots (16) Peas (8) Bush Beans (9)
5 Pepper (1) Cucumber (2) Bush Beans (9) Peas (8)
6 Pepper (1) Celery (1) Celery (1) Celery (1)
7 Okra (1) Egg Plant (1) Okra (1) Egg Plant (1)
8 Cucumber (2) Lettuce (4) Lettuce (4) Pepper (1)
9 Tomato (1) Carrots (16) Red Onions (16) Green Onions (32)
southeast

Plant Counts

Plant Sqrs Per Frame Plants per Sqr Total Plants Per Frame Grand Total Sqrs Grand Total Num Plants
Tomato 4 1 4 12 12
Egg Plant 3 1 3 9 9
Pepper 4 1 4 12 12
Radish 1 16 16 3 48
Cucumber 3 2 6 9 18
Celery 3 1 3 9 9
Okra 2 1 2 6 6
Spinach 1 9 9 3 27
Beets 1 16 16 3 48
Lettuce 2 4 8 6 24
Beans 3 9 27 9 81
Peas 3 8 24 9 72
Carrot 3 16 48 9 144
Green Onion 1 32 32 3 96
Red Onion 1 16 16 3 48
Broccoli 1 1 1 3 3
Grand Total 36 - 219 108 657

Actual Layout

S = seed P = plant B = from Bench's A = from The Andersons

Since Bench's is greenhouse, the selection was bigger and the plants were healthier than at The Andersons. But The Anderons is located in West Toledo.

It's either white or yellow onions or both.

In my opinion, the carrot seeds were too small to use properly, so I don't expect much. I scattered way more than 16 seeds in the each of the three squares. In two of the carrot seed squares, I added 4 to 6 bush bean seeds that were leftovers seeds.

Two of the squares contain only a single bush bean plant. I should have added the leftover seeds to these squares.

We bought the plants at Bench's before we had a plan finalized. Oops.

Seeds:

West Bed

northwest
A B C D
1 Peas (8) S-A Health Kick Tomato (1) P-B 6/9
replaced broken tomato
? Tomato (1) P-? San Marzano Plum Tomato (1) P-B
2 Carrots (16) S-A
plus 4-5 bean seeds
Bush Beans (9) S-A Spinach (9) P-? Beets (16) P-?
3 Radishes (16) P-? Cucumbers (2) P-? removed 6/27 Egg Plant (1) P-? Broccoli (1) P-?
4 Pepper (1) P-? Carrots (16) P-? Strawberries (2) P-A
Pepper (1) P-B 6/9
Bush Beans (9) S-A
5 Pepper (1) P-? Cucumber (2) P-? Bush Beans (9) S-A Broccoli (1) P-?
6 Cucumber (2) P-? Celery (1) P-? Celery (1) P-? Celery (1) P-?
7 Okra (1) P-? Egg Plant (1) P-? Okra (1) P-? New Egg Plant (1) P-B 6/9
replaced broken egg plant 6/9
8 Strawberries (2) P-A
Pepper (1) P-B 6/9
Lettuce (4) P-? Lettuce (3) P-? Sorel (1) P-?
9 White Onions (32) P-? Carrots (16) P-? White Onions (32) P-? White Onions ? (32) P-?
southeast

Middle Bed

northwest
A B C D
1 Peas (8) S-A ? Tomato (1) P-? ? Tomato (1) P-? Amish Paste Plum Tomato (1) P-A
2 Carrots (16) S-A Bush Beans (1) P-? Spinach (9) P-? Bush Beans (9) S-A
3 Radishes (16) P-? Cucumbers (2) P-? removed 6/27 Egg Plant (1) P-? Broccoli (1) P-?
4 Pepper (1) P-? Carrots (16) P-? Strawberries (2) P-A
Pepper (1) P-B 6/9
Bush Beans (9) S-A
5 Pepper (1) P-? Cucumber (2) P-? removed 6/27 Bush Beans (9) S-A Broccoli (1) P-?
6 Pepper (1) P-? Celery (1) P-? Celery (1) P-? Celery (1) P-?
7 Okra (1) P-? Egg Plant (1) P-? Okra (1) P-? Egg Plant (1) P-?
8 Strawberries (2) P-A Lettuce (3) P-? Lettuce (3) P-? Sorel (1) P-?
9 Cherry Tomato (1) P-? Carrots (16) P-? Onions ? (32) P-? Onions ? (32) P-?
southeast

East Bed

northwest
A B C D
1 Peas (8) S-A San Marzano Plum Tomato (1) P-B Yellow Pair
Health Kick Tomato(1) P-B 6/9
Amish Paste Plum Tomato (1) P-A
2 Carrots (16) S-A
4-5 bean seeds
Bush Beans (1) P-? Spinach (9) P-? Beets (16) P-?
3 Radishes (16) P-? Cucumbers (2) P-? removed 6/27 Egg Plant (1) P-? Broccoli
Egg Plant (1) P-B 6/9
4 Pepper (1) P-? Carrots (16) P-? Strawberries (3) P-A
Pepper (1) P-B 6/9
Bush Beans (9) S-A
5 Pepper (1) P-? Cucumber (2) P-? removed 6/27 Bush Beans (9) S-A Broccoli
Egg Plant (1) P-B 6/9
6 Pepper (1) P-? Celery (1) P-? Celery (1) P-? Celery (1) P-?
7 Okra (1) P-? Egg Plant (1) P-? Okra (1) P-? Egg Plant (1) P-?
8 Red Onion (16) P-? Lettuce (3) P-? Lettuce (3) P-? Sorel (1) P-?
9 Cherry Tomato (1) P-? Carrots (16) P-? Red Onions (16) P-? Red Onion (16) P-?
southeast

Photos

May 26

After planting on Mon, May 26, 2014:

June 21

As of Sat eve, Jun 21, 2014:

east bed

middle bed

west bed

June 26

Backyard garden haul this evening includes four types of lettuce greens, spinach, and sorel with a few green beans and radishes mixed in. The salad spinner comes in handy. Over the past two weeks, I've been only picking enough greens needed for one or two salads. But I was not keeping up with harvesting because some greens went past peak. So tonight, I picked most of what existed to be stored in the refrigerator. We'll be eating salads every day for the next few days. Good stuff.

June 27

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2014 Notes