Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring 2015 Veggie Bed Planting

Two weeks ago, on March 29, after danger of frost had past, I cleared out my winter veggie beds and got my spring veggies in the ground.

BED #1

In the first bed from the left, I cleared out all winter greens except the Swiss chard, which probably has a couple of weeks left before it will have to go as well.

In the rest of the bed, I planted the following seeds:

  • Watermelon - Bush Sugar Baby
  • Cantaloupe - Hale's Best Jumbo
  • Edamame - Butterbean
  • Bush Bean - Blue Lake 274
  • Cucumber - Salad Slicer
  • Cucumber - Homemade Pickles
BED #2

Because I will not have a squash bed this year (I'm trying to rid my soil of squash vine borer pupae), I have a full extra bed for planting other goodies this year.  I'm taking advantage of the space to grow more tomatoes, eggplant and peppers, all which did very well in my garden last year.

In the second bed, I have ten tomatoes planted, along with some basil, marigolds and zinnias.  The tomato varieties include:
  • 2 Early Girl
  • 1 Cherokee Purple
  • 1 Brandywine
  • 1 Better Boy
  • 1 Beefmaster
  • 1 Sweet Million
  • 1 Juliet
  • 1 Red Grape
  • 1 Yellow Pear
BED #3

The third bed has some overflow tomatoes, as well as a bunch of peppers and eggplant, with a few zinnias thrown in the mix.

Veggies in this bed include:

  • 2 Celebrity tomatoes
  • 1 La Roma II Red tomato
  • 1 Tomatillo
  • 3 Black Beauty eggplants
  • 6 Ichaban eggplants
  • 1 Cayenne pepper
  • 1 Serrano pepper
  • 2 Mosquetero Pablano peppers
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper
  • 1 Mariachi pepper
  • 1 Carmen Red Sweet pepper
  • 2 Gypsy peppers
  • 1 Bell Boy sweet pepper
  • 1 Big Bertha sweet pepper
  • 1 Orange Blaze pepper
  • 1 Flavoburst yellow sweet pepper
And here is a view from the other side:

BED #4

The last bed doesn't get more than an hour or two of sunlight in the morning and an hour or two before the sun sets, so I keep greens in this bed that prefer a bit of shade during the hot summer days.

In this bed so far I have:
  • Lettuce (various)
  • Spinach 
  • Swiss Chard - Fordhook
  • Leeks
While I do not have a bed of squash, I couldn't go cold-turkey and not have any squash.  So, this year I'm going to plant just a couple plants in containers and cover them with row cover fabric or tulle to keep the squash vine borers out.  I will need to do some hand pollinating, but it is worth it to have my squash plants last the summer.  Squash in containers so far include:
  • Summer Squash - Cube of Butter
  • Summer Squash - Tatuma
I can't wait for all the delicious garden-fresh food that awaits!


  1. Um, so you'll be putting a map up of your location soon because we'll all apparently be heading over to your house rather than the Farmer's Market later this year. What a bumper crop you'll be hauling in. I covet your raised beds in full sun but am happy they are in the hands of somebody who obviously knows what she's doing and isn't afraid to do it. Grow on, lady!

    1. I'll certainly have more than my fair share of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant this year if everything goes according to plan. I'll definitely let you know when I have too many veggies and need help consuming them - I'm always happy to share with friends and fellow gardeners!

  2. Your future is looking vegilicious.

    1. I can taste the salads, salsas, and ratatouille now!

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    1. Thanks! It certainly is - home grown veggies taste so much better than store-bought. They have so much more flavor and nutrients, not to mention the blood, sweat, and tears that go into the process seem to make the victory of harvested produce that much more delicious ;-)

  4. So many that I could only dream of growing. I hope you have the perfect growing year and a bumper harvest.

    1. Thanks so much! I've been getting better every year - finding the veggies that grow well in my garden, getting the watering and fertilizing down. I'm hoping to continue that trend!