Portland's spring weather has really warmed up a bit in the last few weeks, so it was finally time to get around to planting our veggie garden for summer and beyond. We were really fortunate this year to not only get our same raised bed over at Project Grow's North Portland Farm, but they also offered us two more beds. So, with a total of three raised beds, we can grow a lot more produce this summer. And, we even have room to grow some winter squashes for fall harvest. Plus, our two additional beds came with a surprise, a whole bunch of Fava bean plants and some garlic...not a bad surprise at all.
With three beds, we could get a little crazy this season about what to plant. Dan and I ended up spending some quality time over at our local nursery, Garden Fever, buying a lot of starter plants to transplant to the beds. And, yes, we buy starters. We have tried growing our own from seeds but we have had zero luck with that method. So, except for those veggies that we can directly sow from seed (greens, radishes, beets and carrots) with some success, we buy starter plants.
We picked the following to plant for summer harvest:
- Black Cherry Tomato (cherry variety)
- Gold Nugget Tomato (cherry variety)
- San Marzano Tomato (paste variety)
- Vorlon Tomato (heirloom variety)
- Black Krim Tomato (heirloom variety)
- Black Beauty Egglant
- Rosa Bianco Eggplant
- Blue Lake Beans (bush variety)
- New Queen Watermelon
And, since we planted 3 San Marzano Tomato plants, we are hoping to have enough to can this year. The watermelon is an experiment since we never had any luck growing them in Los Angeles. They would just grow to the size of a golf ball and then die. May be we will have better success here.
And, then for fall harvest:
- Cinderella Pumpkin (AKA Rouge vif D'Etampes)
- Baby Blue Hubbard Squash
- Lunch Lady Gourds
- Sweet Dumpling Squash
I am very excited about the prospect of growing my own pumpkins since I am overly fond of them. We tried growing pumpkins and gourds in Los Angeles but with zero success. So again, hoping for better luck here in Portland. Of course, there are no guarantees what will grow and thrive and what will not. But, that is the fun of gardening.