The Garden is Growing!

Our garden is finally starting to look like… a garden. Sadly, our last frost date is in mid-May so many things cannot be planted until May. Hence, our seemingly slow start to the growing season. We are right on the snow line so we really have to be careful not to plant too early. Maybe by fall we can get a small greenhouse built to help lengthen our growing season.

Until then we are mighty proud of our growing crops! Remember, we are trying out the square-foot gardening method this year using composted chicken manure and rabbit manure as fertilizer. No shortage on manure around here let me tell you! Here you can see our 4×4′ foot in-ground beds.
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I just covered up our blueberry bushes inside and out to –hopefully– prevent the birds from eating everything this year. Blueberries are my favorite too. By the way, if you’re having trouble with your blueberries, try putting them in pots with compost. Our reject bushes have really perked up and are actually producing little berries since we transferred them from the ground to pots.
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Our red cabbage is starting to form heads. Yay! I love cabbage. Hate sauerkraut. Go figure.
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All of our bush beans are doing fabulously. I planted half the 4×4′ foot bed in Contender Valentine bush beans and the other half in alternating yellow and purple bush beans. So this bed should look pretty interesting when beans start growing.
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Here you can see a pumpkin on the right and two volunteer tomato plants I squeezed in on the left. The other volunteer tomato I have (not including the 10 or so I gave away to other gardeners) is next to the blueberries.
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One of our potatoes is ready to be covered up half way to encourage growth. Hopefully that will happen Friday or Saturday.
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And lastly, I am super excited to see a few of our paprika peppers popping up. Say that three times fast. I’m not entirely sure how well peppers will do here, but I’m trying a whole bed of them so something is bound to grow. Right?!
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