You may be thinking, "Wow, you sure are getting a late start... what's the hold up?" Well, this is the holdup:
My poor garden, along with 6 inches of snow, on May 11th. We had 4 more light snows after this.
Now, at last, most (not all!) danger of snow is past now, and it's actually warm enough to take the kids out to play in the yard while I work. The aspens just started getting leaves in the last few days.
Things are warming up and getting busy! Today, I finished (for now) the "greenhouse" cover my husband built to put over my 8x4 raised bed square-foot garden. The intent of this cover is to enable me to grow "warm" season vegetables (like tomatoes, corn, maybe bell peppers) in my "cool" season climate. This is the first attempt of its kind for us, so we will see how it goes.
I am using the Square Foot Gardening method popularized by Mel Bartholemew for both my warm and cool season gardens this year. Since I have to buy (or compost my own) any dirt I plan to garden in, I can't afford to waste space or soil. Square Foot Gardening seems like the most efficient use of both. You are technically supposed to have your square feet marked off with something more permanent than string, but hey, we are really cheap around here.
The photo above shows my 6 bought tomato starts (my attempt at starting them from seed indoors was unsuccessful... I accidentally left them out overnight and they got snowed on). I still need to hunt down a bell pepper plant and some seed potatoes, and I'll be set. The rest of the garden is being started from seed.
As usual, the radishes are the first seedlings to appear.
In addition to the covered bed, we've added a new 4x4 raised bed this year. We got some leftover manufactured garden bed pieces from my parents, and we are taking advantage of them! Since we have to protect the garden from deer, rabbits, and, especially, the dog, I needed a way to cover it before planting. I am working on a better method for when the plants get taller, but this old gate I found is working really well for now! I love that it swings on the hinges and I can just open it up when I want to work in the garden.