We moved some things like tomatoes and peppers into bigger pots and put them outside. But then it was stormy, windy, hot, sunny, it was just too much for those little guys and they just looked worse and worse every day.
So now that the first raised bed is ready, we realized that most of our seedings were toast. I thought about starting seeds again but our growing season is so short that it's much more practical to buy the stronger started plants that are bred for Montana conditions.
On Saturday, we picked up some tomato and pepper plants from my favorite gal at the farmer's market and didn't stay long since it was rainy. Sunday cleared up and we got those planted in the first raised bed. Here's to hoping they transplanted well and produce some veggies.
We're working on a second raised bed for the broccoli, cauliflower, greens, onions and hopefully some beans. I've got carrots growing in a barrel planter and basil, mint and Italian parsley in pots. I've also got some cucumbers started but not sure those will make it either.
I've also got grand plans for growing corn and a sunflower garden at one edge of the windbreak.
My farmer friend at the market told us about how well their raspberry and blackberry patch grow, so we want to try that and strawberries eventually.
We went to the best local nursery last weekend just to look and we're considering talking to a landscape designer for our big picture backyard oasis plan so that we create a great space that is good for us and the plants and the chickens, though they'll be moving to windbreak in a bigger coop with their own chicken garden eventually.
So I've been focusing on what I want to grow and also want I want to eat. There's no sense in growing something I won't actually eat or just don't like. M eats most everything, I'm a bit pickier.
My big, big, big plan includes (this will seriously take years, if not a decade):
+ An apple orchard.
+ Maple trees. There's a chance we could have our own sugar bush.
+ Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, kale, peas, green beans, onions, cucumbers, romaine, buttercrunch lettuce, spinach and more.
+ Herb garden.
+ Sunflower garden, a wildflower patch, lilies, tulips, gardenia, dahlias, daisies, hydrangeas and more.
+ Pumpkin patch.
+ Raspberry, blackberry, strawberry patch.
+ Grapes. I really want to try to make my own wine, but that will take years.
+ Pear and cherry trees.
What's in your dream garden? Does the excitement and potential in gardening outweigh the work, frustration, trial and error and occasional failure?