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July 10, 2020

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Our June 2020 Garden Update

child smiling with joy after picking radishes from garden

Today I’m sharing our June 2020 garden update! This post is a few weeks late, but I’m getting it up, mostly so I can remember what our garden (and my sweet Zoe) looked like in June 2020. She turned 7 this year, and it’s hard to figure out where the time went. Goodness, it feels like yesterday that we brought her home from the hospital, after her week in the nicu, and now she’s my little mama and helper and source of so much JOY and LOVE and LIFE.

Anyway, back to the garden 🙂 This is my June garden update. I’m a greens-lover, so our garden always includes a huge amount of greens. In June, that included lettuce, kale, collards, spinach, stir fry blend, and rainbow chard. We also had the end of our [second] radish crop, the last of the salad turnips, and scallions and chives. This was my first year growing scallions and chives (both from seed) and will definitely plant them again next year (well, the scallions…hopefully the chives come back)! I also tried salad turnips for the first time this year, and will be planting them again for a fall harvest. The kids LOVE to just eat them all day long, and BEG to pull them out of the ground as soon as they’re peeking out of the dirt.

I’m trying to learn how to plant a better assortment of vegetables so that we’re not always just knee deep in greens. I’d love to add corn, peppers, more beans (we have them this year, they’re just not ready yet), all the vine plants (cucumbers, melons, squash), more cabbage (I planted one small row and it’s almost gone), garlic, onions, potatoes, and peas. Whew, that’s a lot. But, baby steps! Everything in our garden was planted by direct sowing; I didn’t start anything inside. Next year the plan is to start 100s of little seeds indoors so I can actually 1. save money and 2. have a garden with more variety.

The garden doesn’t look quite like this right now. I’ve cleared out some crops that are done, and lots of the greens are about 4x larger. I’m still learning how to manage a garden, what to plant, what we eat, what grows best, etc. I’m currently planning and preparing for a late summer planting for a fall harvest (more on that later). This will be my first time doing this, so if you’ve done it before, please share all your tips and tricks! Happy gardening!

Want more? Here are some of my past gardening posts, and here are some of my favorite gardening supplies.

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