Hello friends!! August just FLEW by for me. What about you? I can’t believe it’s September already. And Mid September at that. Where did the summer go?!?! This was one of the warmest and driest summers I can remember in a long, long time. Which means I was outside watering my garden a LOT. But, it is totally worth it because the harvests are rolling in and tasting delicious and I couldn’t be more excited. This is the time of year for us veggie gardeners that makes it all worth it. Huge harvests, tons of veggies, plants at their peak, it’s the best!
Okay my dear friends, gardening season is in FULL swing. Which is part of the reason why I have been hanging around on the blog a little less often lately. I’ve been busy outside playing in the garden and soaking up the sun. Also we’ve been going on random beach adventures and impromptu frozen yogurt dates. You know, the important things in life. How have you been enjoying your summer? Doing anything super cool? The weather here has been a lot hotter and drier than typical years, but my plants are loving it so I am not complaining! My two raised beds are off to the races and I am getting excited for some fresh produce! So here is a roundup of my July 2016 vegetable garden along with some helpful tips for your home gardens!
It is officially garden season here!! It has been a rocky road already. I planted most of my seedlings in early May (which, I KNEW was too early but I figured … let’s give it a go). It was all fine and dandy until we got a SNOW/HAIL storm in mid May. Not cool. But, honestly, I didn’t really have any damage to my plants. I covered them up properly over the weekend of snow and they turned out fine. Phew! Now, we have had 80 degree days all week and sun so my plants are finally starting to take off. YAY! So today I am going to show you what all I’ve got growing this year!
This is one of my favorite things to plant in the spring! A cut again-come again salad bowl garden is the perfect addition to your container garden. It can be as small, or large, as you want it to be AND you can suit it perfectly to your taste buds! You can also plant this in your square foot garden and it works perfectly!! I plant one square (okay, let’s be honest, AND a few containers on the deck) every year to make sure I have enough greens to have plenty of salad all summer long! I really love greens. And, I really love planting them, because they are so easy. So, sometimes, I just keep going, haha. (See below example … 9 squares of salad!)
Have you ever gone to a garden center in search of some fertilizer and you come up to this GIANT display of all types of fertilizers with all these numbers and different names and it is totally confusing? Yeah, me too. But, working at a garden center, you learn pretty quick what the story is with all of the labels on fertilizer. You also learn that using the correct fertilizer for the correct plant or application makes a BIG difference in your garden’s productivity! So, today’s post is all about NPK. What is NPK? Read on to find out!