I’m starting the garden a bit early this year because I am having some construction done at my house in the next month. I need to have the patio wall rebuilt, which inhibits access to my tomato growing beds. So, I’m switching things up and planting in a different area this year. I took Finny’s advice and tested the soil first, made appropriate amendments and got after the planting with mostly seed and a few starts.
The planting couldn’t have come at a better time. Once I was done, it started to sprinkle rain and continued doing so for the next day. Hopefully these little veggies take root and we have a bumper crop of broccoli, leeks, tomatoes, onions, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and beans. The four tomato plants in the garden were volunteers from last year’s crop. There are a few others over there I may try to rescue and plant in pots before the construction begins. The wall garden will be worth it when everything is done.
Once the garden wall is rebuilt, I’ll plant some of these 72 tomato starts too — from Indie Farms and Native Seeds/SEARCH. And I saved a handful of seeds and plenty of ideas for another garden bed I’m planting in a couple weeks in Mesa too.
There is little that makes me more hopeful or optimistic than gardening.