Spring has officially sprung in Richmond, VA! We planted the garden last weekend and now we wait for it to grow. Today I wanted to run through a quick update on our 2021 summer season and what’s growing this year.
Our backyard is currently under construction which means our two 4′ x 8′ raised garden beds have been relocated for this season to my parent’s yard. They don’t get a ton of sunlight in the new space so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we get a good harvest this year. Note: ideally a garden needs 6+ hours of sunlight each day. A few weeks ago we filled our beds are with a mixture of dirt and mushroom compost from YardWorks. It was a quick call and they delivered it to our location a few days later. I also added some vermiculite to help with hydration & worm castings fertilizer to round out the soil.
Most of my garden seeds came from Floret. They have an incredible selection of flowers and foliage. I started most from seeds back in February/March and kept them under grow lights inside until the threat of frost had passed (or so we thought, last week was crazy cold). Here is a post all about seed-starting 101 if you are interested in learning more.
- ‘Gerrie Hoek’ Dahlia
- ‘Wizard of Oz’ Dahlia
- ‘Cafe Au Lait’ Dahlia
- ‘Wyn’s New Pastel’ Dahlia
- ‘Tower Chamois Apricot’ China Aster
- ‘Valkryie Pink’ China Aster
- ‘Cupcake Blush’ Cosmos
- ‘Double Click Bicolor Rose’ Cosmos
- ‘Sherbert Toned Chantilly Mix’ Snapdragon
- ‘Procut Gold’ Sunflower
- ‘Oklahoma Pink’ Zinnia
- ‘Little Flower Girl Mix’ Zinnia
- ‘Unicorn Mix’ Zinnia
- Bells of Ireland
- ‘Rainbow Sherbert Mix’ Celosia
- ‘Flamingo Feather’ Celosia
- Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil
- ‘Green Mist’ Queen Anne’s Lace
- ‘Queen of Africa’ Queen Anne’s Lace
- Lace Flower ‘Lacy White’
- Green Dragon Cress
For the Kids:
Something new we started this year was giving Matthew & Molly their own small 4′ x 4′ garden bed to experiment with. They picked out some of their favorite fruits and vegetables to grow and we bought most of the vegetable seedlings from a garden center called Strange’s.
- Genovese Basil
- Jalapeno Pepper
Excited to see how this season progresses. I’ll be sharing updates along the way.