Sweet Life Update #2

Spring is the most frustrating season here in Ohio, in my opinion, with temperatures swinging everywhere from 80 down to 32. The weather can trick you into believing it’s going to stay warm and you can plant.

Garden mistakes

There are a few mistakes I have already made this spring. Silly mistakes that could have been avoided.

First, life got busy, and I missed watering one of my trays of plant starts. I lost a few broccoli plants and stunted the growth of the cabbages and cauliflower. I up potted the plants that survived and hoped for the best.

I hardened off the surviving brassicas (broccoli, Brussell sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower) onions, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and red Russian kale. They were ready to plant out in the garden.

Here comes the second mistake. I did not check the weather before I planted. I am still kicking myself because I totally knew better. I got all caught up in the weeks of warm weather and was tricked. The night I planted we had a frost. It killed all the cauliflower, cabbages, Brussel sprouts, and most of the broccoli. I should have waited a few more weeks and planted at the end of April instead of the middle. Lesson learned!

Better News

Ok, onto happier news. I planted sugar snap peas, shell peas, turnips, beets, carrots, radishes, and bunching onions in one raised bed. A few plants are starting to pop up and are looking really healthy.

The raised beds are a huge blessing (I talked about them in sweet life update #1) and we are loving them so far. We will be adding more as our budget allows.

We also spent the last Saturday tilling and building garden rows. We planted four 32-foot rows of potatoes. The varieties I chose are Kennebec, Yukon gold, and red. It was an all-day project even with the whole family working together. I’m so proud of my children shoveling and hauling composted cow and chicken manure. We were all sore, sunburned, and exhausted at the end of the day, and the feeling of accomplishment was worth it, and I bet those potatoes are going to be the best tasting potatoes my children will ever eat!

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