We had a few set backs with getting the garden in…
The lighting set-up needs to be improved for next year with a full fluorescent set-up. We tried to get by on a smaller bulb system, and it worked for the seedlings closest to the light source. In order to maximize our system and have healthier seedlings, we need to upgrade this next year.
We took our seedlings, rack and all outside when the weather became nice and warm, only to have the wind blow the whole thing over. Most of the seedlings survived the fall. However, when we tried to compensate for the wind and move the rack up against the house, many (not all!) of the seedlings were baked from the heat reflecting off the bricks. Oops! We’re trying to make the most of the seedlings we have left, tomatoes and peppers.
This past weekend, we installed our raised beds and filled them with soil mix (compost, vermiculite, and peat moss.) We have two 4 x 4 beds, two 1 x 3 x 1 beds for root veggies, and our leftover from last year 12 x 3 bed.
We were proud of our work and ready to plant a few things the next day, only to discover that somebody else liked our work as well and they weren’t so friendly – a swarm of bees! I think they were scoping out out largest garden plot for a home. We had a nest of bees a few years back, so maybe they were trying to return home? They would not allow us near the raised beds and we were puzzled as to what we should do! I e-mailed a friend who just started keeping bees and asked for her advice. I went outside last night to investigate further to see if I could identify what kind of bees we were dealing with, and they were gone! We took advantage of this opportunity and planted broccoli, cauliflower, peas, and cabbage. No signs of the bees yet this morning, so I’m hoping that they moved on.
And so the gardening season begins. I’m sure we’ll have a few more bumps on our journey, but with a little luck, we’ll still have something to harvest when all is said and done..