Earlier this year I had the crazy thought that I wouldn’t plant a garden this year. I’ve got a new baby, I’m still working part-time, we’ll be moving into a new house this summer so by the time we get in it might be too late to get a garden in, etc. Basically I almost had myself convinced that planting and maintaining a garden would just be too much work.
And then I realized that I just couldn’t not plant a garden. And I also realized that the way I’ve been doing a lot of my gardening the last few years – aka in buckets – really cancels out all of my previous concerns:
- They are portable! I can plant them now, here at my apartment, and then whenever we happen to move, I can easily take them with me.
- They are easy to maintain – besides daily watering and an occasional feeding with fertilizer, they don’t need too much fussing. (Read: no weeding here!)
- I can plant my lettuce and spinach and onions now, and if I don’t get to planting a tomato (because I must have garden-fresh tomatoes in the summer) until we move, it will still have enough time to mature.
So, in the spirit of National Gardening Month, I planted up my bucket garden – at least a couple buckets worth of it – last week and I am oh, so happy I did.
Gardening really is good for the soul. (Well, my soul, at least.)
Is gardening a happiness boost for you?
With yesterday being the first official day of spring, a lot of people’s thoughts turn to gardening. Maybe you’ve still got snow where you live, but you’re itching to see something green. Or maybe it has felt like spring for a couple weeks now, but you’re wondering when it will be safe to start planting. To help answer some of your questions, or satisfy your need for green, I’ve rounded up some of my “getting ready to garden” posts:
When Can I Plant?
Bucket Gardening 101 and Bucket Gardening Video
The Dirt on Soil
Starting Seeds Indoors (1)
Starting Seeds Indoors (2)
Hardening Off Plants
I’m interested to know what the gardening timeline looks like in your neck of the woods. Is it at your doorstep? Or still only a distant dream?
Either way, when the time comes, Happy Gardening!
I thought I’d give you a bit of an update on my bucket garden and how it is doing this summer compared to this time last year.
It’s that time of year again…
Time to get that garden planted! We have had quite a bit of cool, rainy weather here in Northern Utah the past couple weeks, but it’s time to start planting. And if you were thinking it was too late, well I have good news: you’ve still got time!
I planted up some of my buckets a few weeks ago with lettuce, spinach for a salad garden; and since I have a goal to beautify my outdoor space a little more, I also planted up some buckets with gladiolus and zinnias. Everything is coming up and looking good so far, but I’ll keep you updated on how the flowers do as the season goes on. When it gets a bit warmer (i.e., the threat of frost is gone), I’ll plant some cherry tomatoes as well. In my kitchen, I started some basil and cilantro that I’ll move out to the patio when it gets warmer.
If you’re in a similar hardiness zone and climate as me, and if you were wanting to plant lettuce or spinach or peas you should get those in as soon as possible. They like the cooler weather. Broccoli, onions, carrots, and beans can also go in now. But, hold off on the cucumbers, the tomatoes, the squashes, and the corn until after the danger of frost has passed (a good rule of thumb is the middle of May if you have a way to protect them, otherwise wait till after Memorial Day).
For more info on when to plant, or how to start your own bucket garden, check out these posts:
When Can I Plant?
Hardiness Zones…Do They Matter
Bucket Gardening 101
Bucket Gardening “How-To” Video
Starting Seeds Indoors (and another method to starting seeds indoors)
Just a quick update on where my bucket garden is at:
- I recently replanted the lettuce and spinach buckets (the three you can see in the center that have nothing green in them) for a late-summer or fall harvest.
- The peppers are growing, but I think they never fully recovered from the early July heat because they each have only one pepper each.
- The strawberries have been doing the best out of everything I planted this year. Though we’ve only had a handful of strawberries at a time, they have been producing consistently throughout the summer.
- The cherry tomato has been doing well, though it was definitely slowed down. I’ve eaten two delicious tomatoes from it already, and you can see there are a few more coming on, but I have high hopes that the current flowers will convert into fruit too.
How has your garden been this summer? Are you wading through your zucchini? Or, like me, are you just happy to have anything fresh, even if it is a measly yield?