Raised Bed Vegetable Garden
We have a small raised bed garden and sometimes we plant vegetables and other years we turn it into a flower garden. This year it’s back to the vegetables. It’s only about eight foot square but I put every inch to good use. I like to see the weekly changes in our raised bed vegetable garden and get excited when I see the smallest blossom.
This is what I planted this season: Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Eggplant, Red and Green Peppers were small plants. I also started both Yellow and Green beans from seeds. I also saved the seeds from Acorn Squash I had over the winter and planted those.
Hubby prepared the soil and I put the plants in, they were so small and we had so much room between them. This was right after we planted the garden on April 15th.
Within the first week, the beans and acorn squash had already popped out of the ground!
By the end of the second week there were blossoms on the peppers and feelers on the cucumber plants! Everything was growing great except for two of the summer squash. Not sure what happened, but they just didn’t want to take off. I was going to plant a few more but decided to give them a bit more time.
Look at how well the beans and acorn squash are on the second week. I took these photos on April 29th and I go out every morning before work to see if there are any beans yet! Okay, I’m a bit excited, I know the beans won’t be there in only two weeks, but I check them anyway.
On Saturday May 6th our garden was three weeks old and I am so excited to see how well everything is growing. We had to go out-of-town the beginning of the week for 4 days and was worried that the plants might not fare well since we didn’t have any rain while we were gone. I was so happy when we got home and found everything doing very well. Even the two summer squash that were slow to start have perked up. The summer squash and peppers are loaded with blossoms and the cucumber plants are crawling around!
I can’t wait until our first pepper is ready to be picked! If everything grows as planned, I will freeze the summer squash and peppers to have throughout the winter. Our raised bed garden may be small but it’s packed with vegetables that are growing bigger every day!
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