Garden Update and 5 x 5 Challenge – May 8, 2013

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The 5 x 5 Garden Challenge started a few weeks ago.  The main goal of this challenge, according to Chiot’s Run blog, is to learn and encourage gardeners, especially new gardeners.  Please join us in the challenge and see how much you can do in a small space.
I really am glad that I previously put in the work to get a lot of the gardening started.  Earlier this week plans were finalized to have a visitor come to our home for a couple weeks.  The Visitor arrives Saturday.  Though there are things to do I am not freaking out because everything is doable.
 May is actually turning into quite the busy month.  School ends on Friday, Visitor arrives on Saturday, two weeks later Visitor leaves and two more come (though they are not staying with us, but we will all be camping together nearby).  Then we go away for a week, unless the kids are tired of the routine of visitors and just need a quiet week at home.  The garden is starting to gain ground and I forsee the Stand being put out by the end of the month.
In the mist of all this happening, I am expecting to harvest all the green onions in the garden and finish planting all the other plants.  I am also hoping, fingers crosses, that my strawberry plants come up.  Instead of counting my chickens before they  hatch, I am going to give an update on how things are going in the garden and be thankful for things going relatively well so far.
  • The onion tops are getting longer and more prominent.  I am trying to resist digging one up to look at it.  
  • Three bean plants were planted.
  • A zucchini plant was replaced.
  • Cilantro plants are in the ground.  The ones that were hurt by a storm were replaced with seeds.
  • 14 more lettuce spots had seeds added.
  • Spinach seeds were put in, as were Basil seeds.
  • A replacement blackberry bush arrived yesterday and will be going in the ground today or tomorrow.
  • Tomato transplants are being hardened off for planting towards the end of this week.
  • Parsley seeds were planted.

I’m thinking of adding some more bean plants, but have been unable to find more seeds.  I may have to go with bush beans.  The one kind of pole bean has a germination rate of 60%.  The second kind none of the 5 I started came up.  I’m thinking it had to do with too cool of soil.  I still have two of the seeds and plan on trying to get them to sprout and added to the garden.  Though we don’t eat a lot of beans of the pod variety, we do eat some.  They are also great for the soil so a good addition to the garden.  Besides, if there is an abundance, I will put them on our Stand.

I don’t think the container on the deck will get planted this week; it just isn’t on my list.  Next week it might get done.  We’ll have to wait and see what the Lord has in store for us then.

What have you done in your garden this week?  Are you taking part in the 5×5 challenge?