I managed to get almost everything planted in the vegetable garden over the Memorial Day weekend. To finish the tomatoes, I also was out there on Tuesday afternoon, but now everything except the peppers are in. All beans (pole & bush) were planted 5/27, tomatoes were done 5/29.
Below is the upper garden. The lower right bed has roots and greens - look how pretty the black-seeded Simpson and Merlot lettuces look. The lower left is snap peas, spinach (behind the peas) and newly planted pole beans Fortex and Purple Podded Pole. The little center tepee bed has Roma pole beans, saved and passed on by a friend. The upper right bed has cucumbers and zucchini, while the upper left bed with the fence contains fingerling potatoes and Blue Lake bush beans. The very upper left bed is still empty, except for lots of thistle. I plan to put in garden huckleberries there, but I need to get the thistle out first.
Below on the left is the lower garden. Herbs and cherry-type tomatoes are in the front two beds, main-crop tomatoes are in the back two beds. On the right is a close-up of one of the tomato beds. I planted 17 total tomato plants. Four are cherry types, two are drying types, and two Green Zebras. The rest are main-crop tomatoes, which are all new varieties for me this year in my quest for the perfect main-crop, all-purpose tomato.
It all mostly went well, except that I managed to snap off the top of the only Sungold plant that I had! My mistake is that I gave away all of the seedlings I didn't need before I did my own planting, so my two extra Sungolds were already gone. Lesson learned: never give away your extra seedlings until after you're done with your own planting! I kept the stem planted - who knows, maybe it will sprout some leaves and do okay. I hope so, because I've heard nothing but good things about this cherry tomato.
Lastly, a few close-ups of things already growing. The photo on the left shows the potatoes doing quite well. I just planted one-third of the rest of the bed with bush beans, and will plant the rest with more bush beans next weekend. I'm really hoping to get two potato plantings this year. I've saved my seed potatoes in the basement, and if they aren't too squishy and rotten, I'll plant more in July.
The photo on the right is a close-up of the snap peas which started flowering on about 5/27. This year I planted Sugar Ann from Johnny's, and I really like the growth habit. They are short enough so they won't fall over and/or shade the other things on the trellis like the standard Sugar Snap peas did last year. Hopefully they'll be just as prolific and delicious as the sugar snaps!