Garden 2016: Planting

This past weekend I planted my garden. It’s a bit early for Minnesota standards, so fingers crossed I didn’t jinx the weather.

The garden was planted earlier this year for two reasons:

  • It’s been craaazy nice this spring, confirmed by the Old Farmer’s Almanac that last frost was April 30.
  • I can’t go to the plant sale I went to last year, so Aaron and I went to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum sale Saturday. (Read my review of the Arboretum.) It’s put on by the same group as the sale last year, but it’s not as busy and the selection might be greater, focusing on Minnesota specific, heirloom and new hybrid varieties of plants.

Related: Tips for first-time gardeners.

Since we had the plants and a gorgeous weekend, and frost/freeze seemed behind us, we planted. We probably put more—and by more I mean too much—in the garden, but we plotted out where it will grow and how big it will all get much better than last year. One wrench in the system was that each plant was sold as a four-pack, so we ended up with lots of plants.

Garden 2016 | Kale and Ale

Garden 2016 Containers | Kale and Ale

This year we planted:

  • Carrots-Rainbow
  • Cucumber-Spacemaster
  • Kalettes-Autumn Star
  • Pepper:
    • Sweet Rainbow mix
    • Thai hot
    • Candlelight
  • Basil
  • Tomato
    • Sungold
    • Celebrity
    • Czech’s Bush

I’m really excited to see how this turns out and try new varieties. After canning last fall for the first time, I’m not worried about having too much food. It’s a very relaxing hobby and after-work activity that supplements our CSA membership. Check back here and the Kale and Ale Facebook page throughout the summer and watch my garden grow!

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum living roof | Kale and Ale

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum living roof where the vegetables and herbs were being sold

What are you growing this summer?

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