I’m Back! + May’s Garden Update

Taking last week off from blogging was wonderful. I didn’t once log into my dashboard, didn’t check any page stats, basically didn’t even think about my blog for the whole week. And it was a vacation I thoroughly enjoyed, which I think is most evident in the fact that as I sit down to write this post, I am so excited to be writing and updating again as opposed to feeling obligated to. It’s nice to be excited about it!

As for content woes, I did a lot of thinking and list making about what I want here on the blog, and I’m working on a plan to implement come June. You’ll hear more about it in June’s goals for sure!

For today, I wanted to give another garden update. Now that it’s the end of May, the gardening season has fully arrived here in NH. We are past danger of overnight frost, so yesterday I went out and planted many of my seedling starters into their beds! I think the most exciting thing about gardening this year is that since we don’t currently have upstairs neighbors in our building, I get to use the OTHER garden plot in the yard! It’s a good size plot, not in a raised bed, just dirt on the ground, and I’m dedicating it entirely to carrots. Fresh carrots are JUST SO GOOD, so I can’t wait to have oodles of them. I’ve got some sprouts now, but they are teeny tiny so I don’t have any photos yet.

garden update may

Here’s the current state of the three raised beds! The front holds strawberries, lettuces, and spinach. The strawberries are looking so lush and healthy; I can’t wait for the fruit to start! All the flowers are opening up, so in about a month we should have some ready to eat. The lettuces and spinach have just sprouted a few days ago, so they’re still super tiny.

garden update may pumpkin + brussel sprouts

The middle bed has a marigold, brussel sprouts, pumpkins (large variety), peas, and it’s where the tomatoes will go. This year I’m staggering my pea plants, so my harvest will be longer and not just a ton of peas all at once. So far I’ve done two plantings, two weeks apart, and in another two to three weeks, I’ll add a third planting of peas.

garden update may green beans

The farthest bed in the back has cauliflower, radishes, and green beans. The green beans (above) are also being stagger planted like the peas. The biggest ones are about ten weeks old, the tiny sprouts popping up are about a week and a half old, and I may plant two more seeds for two more plants in another couple weeks. Home grown green beans are amazing!

garden update may cauliflower

These are my cauliflower plants (white variety on the ends, purple variety in the middle) and I’m a bit worried about them. They are still recovering from a bit of transplant shock which is why they are a little droopy, but the leaves also look quite sun burnt. I know cauliflower does best in cooler temps, and if they are already struggling I’m not sure how they’ll hold up all summer. I’m starting another round of seeds indoors (it recommends starting them inside in pots) in another week or two, and then transplanting them mid-summer for what will hopefully be a late-September harvest. I’ve never grown cauliflower before so we’ll have to see how it goes!

Currently, my tomatoes are still in their seedling pots, and beginning their hardening process outside. I usually give them about three to five days to get used to the outside temps before I plant them in the beds. I’ve also just planted radishes, another round of peas, and I’m starting more cauliflower seed inside in pots to transplant later in the season.

Growing food is still one of the most completely satisfying things I do in my life. I love watching everything start as a teeny little seed in soil to flourishing and providing us with these delicious fruits and veggies. Another cool thing I’ve done this year is plant marigolds from my own harvested seed last year – and they germinated!! I’m so happy; and they are growing great. It’s pretty awesome to have a fully self contained cycle. I’m also growing sunflowers this year, and want to harvest some of those seeds in the fall. One year I hope to harvest some vegetable seeds too and really get a cycle going!

If you garden, how is yours coming along? What are your favorite things to grow?

 

  • B.

    I’m glad your blogging break worked out for you! Sometimes we just need to take a step back and refocus! And your garden is going to be amazing once everything comes in!

    • Kay

      Thanks! And I completely agree, sometimes just taking a step back is all you need!

  • I have always wanted a garden and our landlord just told us that he wants one too that we can eat from! I’m SO excited! I got to pick out plants for us to grow and everything. When I have my own house, one ultimate gardening goal of mine is to have a lemon tree.

    • Kay

      That would be so amazing Kristin! I would love a lemon tree as well. It’s so awesome that you can garden at your place now – enjoy! I have a little flower garden as well, which I love, but being able to eat what your grew yourself is just so satisfying. 😀

  • I’m glad you enjoyed your week and I can’t wait to read your upcoming posts! Your garden looks beautiful, I’m jealous 🙂

    • Kay

      Thank you Alice! I need to get the lawn mowed…it’s getting so tall! 🙂

  • Candace and Kattie

    I wish we had a garden! Our backyard is so ridiculously small! -Candace https://literarydust.wordpress.com/

    • Kay

      If you really want to give it a go, a container garden is a great option for those with small or no yard! That’s actually how we started the first year, because we didn’t have the money to build the beds but I still wanted a garden haha. It’s a great way to try out growing some veggies! 🙂

      • Candace and Kattie

        I will have to look into those!!!

  • Danielle Knapp

    I tried a garden a few years ago and it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. Florida is just so hot my poor plants had a hard time. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned for the month of June 🙂

    • Kay

      Thanks! And yes, I would imagine high heat can be tough on plants. We have a really nice summer for growing, but definitely a short growing season compared to other places. I feel like no matter where you are there is some kind of compromise!

  • I am so jealous of people who live up north and their beautiful gardens! Our growing season for things I actually want to grow is so short and the heat kills them SO FAST so you never really get to have bumper crops.

    • Kay

      I can’t imagine growing in Texas heat! I wonder if there’s a way to protect the plants from the sun via coverings or something? Or maybe planting specific things…I’m actually not too sure about heat-resistant plants, simply because I live in a temperate climate. I feel like every place has it’s pros & cons for sure.

  • Emma

    I started growing some herbs on my kitchen window ledge, but that’s as far as my gardening talents go so i’m uber impressed with your garden.

    • Kay

      Hey, herbs are a great place to start! It’s what I started with years ago when I decided I wanted to try out growing stuff. Next step: small container garden! 😀

  • I can’t wait to have a backyard where I can do some gardening! Although like Meagan mentioned, I’m sure the heat will kill everything I care about. /Silent tears/ I wish I could have gardened while I lived in Pittsburgh!

    • Kay

      Texas heat…definitely a rough one! Maybe there are some awesome tropical/heat resistant plants that will grow? Hopefully you can try out something when you’re ready!