Friday, June 8, 2018

God's Garden

I am happy to say that the veggie beds are in and planted! I got started about 7am and finished by 9:30. I took my time and enjoyed the planting, in the gloriously rich mushroom compost. So warm and obviously fertile. You know I loves me some good dirt. The beds are 15 feet long by 4 feet wide. Just perfect for all that I planned on growing. They are in the shade early morning but then have the full sun for the rest of the day and well into evening. They face southwest. Gonna be a hot one today but starting Monday rain is predicted for the whole week. Excellent!

 Bed number one has peppers, Beauregard sweet potatoes (first time I am growing them) and golden russet potatoes. Peppers include Coolapeno, Mammoth Jalapeno, Poblano, Giant Marconi, and Big Bertha Bell.  Way more than we can eat, so I do plan to share. I have lots of friends who eat veggies.

 Bed number two has tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. Even tho my tomatoes are all determinate and won't get too tall, I decided to stake them anyway in case. Varieties include Debut, Bush Goliath, Celebrity, Husky Cherry, and one more which I forget...   Update: Red Pride is the one I forgot.
 Bed Three has lots of green bean seeds planted and one hill of ice box Sugar Baby watermelon. And Bed Four has seeds of pumpkin, butternut squash, beets and Gold potatoes, with cantaloupe at the top end. 
When I bought my plants initially they were in small pots and I replanted them into larger pots with good soil while I waited for the garden to be constructed. As I unpotted them today I was happy to see the roots had filled the new pots and were quite happy to be growing. Some tomatoes already have fruited.
 Mulch is added around all the plants and Nick is going to make a drip irrigation system for me in the coming weeks. This is my dream garden and my plan is to keep at it until they cart me away.

11 comments:

  1. Trying some dwarf tomatoes this year. Will see what they do. What a beautiful garden, patio and yard.

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  2. ...And all those empty cinder blocks, just calling for some companion plantings like marigolds to help keep the aphids away! Maybe herbs...hmmmn? It all looks glorious!!!

    Joan from Missouri

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    1. I was thinking carrots, herbs but marigolds make a lot of sense too. I’ve only had success growing marigolds from seeds. If you go with seeds you can get them in bulk and plant a LOT Of marigolds. With all those cinder blocks that would be the way to go. But they’re perfect for thyme, oregano and chives. There’s so much area around the planters some pots of basil and rosemary would fit too.

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  3. Wow, that was fast. Planters built and filled fast and you planting it all in two and a half hours?!!!

    Boy you have room for a lot. Cantaloupe and watermelon? My mouth is watering already.

    Will you be doing cooler crops after the summer is over? Can you do year round in your area?

    Drip irrigation is really the way to go. Not only is it water wise but it also relieves you of hand watering. Drip is better than handwatering for the plants too.

    If you plant fruit bearing trees in the garden area you can extend the drip and put a separate timer with soaker hoses on them, relieving you of water duties there too. I love my garden but I had to stand there and water so I put in drip right away and have never regretted it.

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  4. I have a lot of marigolds already planted in my flower bed cubbies, and it is pretty late to be buying flats of them. I'll be on the lookout next week when it will be raining for days, and see what needs to come home with me. Already growing thyme and fennel and many many basil plants, along with chives and sage, so I am covered pretty much, close to the kitchen. Not a fan of rosemary or dill, but may get them for my sister, who is. I do have seeds for the fall plantings, lettuces etc. Bought three more fig trees today, so as far as fruit trees, I am good.

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    1. Hooray for figs!! I was sad when you had to leave them at the last place; am glad you have gotten some more!!! They seem to thrive in your locale and under your green thumb care.
      Joan from Missouri

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  5. I am glad to see you happy in the garden. I missed your garden reports last year, in the other house.

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  6. I am extremely envious of your amazing vegetable beds!!

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  8. Your tomatoes will probably get huge! I live in SC and all my plants, no matter determinate or indeterminate, grow like crazy! Watch for birds and a nasty bug which I cannot remember the name of. The birds bite the tomatoes and if they are baby ones, carry them off! The bugs inject something into the tomato which makes them mushy and unpleasant tasting. This year I have garden fabric and will figure out some way to cover the tomatoes if those bugs appear... Netting works for the birds.

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