2014 Garden Season


I toned it down a little bit this year and planted more of what we eat the most of, Tomatoes, Corn and Green Beans. But I’m going to be planting two kinds of cucumbers this weekend but in planters, not in the garden.

For this season, I decided to go with three varieties of tomatoes: Juliet, Roma and Big Beef. I’ve put them at the end of the garden so they get the most of the evening sun as they can. Behind that is Corn and behind that is three bamboo teepee trellis setups for the green beans.

I did use a trick that I learned from my Grandpa, when planting my tomatoes, I added about an inch of manure and then an inch of soil, and then planted my tomato plants. Makes them big and hearty. 🙂

I’ve added berries to the mix too, although I don’t expect to see them until next year. I’ve got Blueberries, Raspberries and Grapes. I’ve also got a few strawberries planted, which already have a few little strawberries on them.

All in all, this looks like it’s going to be a great season.

 

 

2013 Garden


In February, I had all the stumps that were crowding up the garden, ground down and cleaned up. The only issue I had, was the garden sloped down into the parking lot.

So, in order to fix that, I’ve built a stone wall extension of the current raised bed. All in all, this added about 7 feet of length and 7 feet of width to the garden area.

This year, I’m growing Corn, Cucumbers, Dill, Walla Walla Sweet Onions, Lettuce, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Garlic and attempting to grow Watermelon 🙂

There won’t be a garden cam this year (at least not yet. the old laptop I was using to power the cam, finally died). I will be posting pictures of everything as it all starts to sprout.

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2013 Garden Prep


At the end of the season for 2012, I put much of the plants that I had grown, minus the corn, into a compost. Which I did by digging a hole in the middle of my garden, burying all the plants and then covering them with the dirt I had dug up.

Today, I had some free time and decided to go out and clean up the area a little bit, it was starting to get pretty dirty. The area that I put the compost was very soft and fluffy, the soil was very light and very dark. I am definitely doing that again next year! the only thing I noticed within the compost was the base portion of the tomato plants I had last year, which will be fine, when I run a rototiller through there, it will break it all down.

The stump at the end of the garden still hasn’t been removed, I’m hoping that in the next few days I can get a hold of a stump removal company to get a quote for how much it will cost to get the stump removed.

I’m in the planning stages of where I’m going to plant things, I’m hoping to start my corn from seed, I didn’t like the corn that I had last year, It didn’t produce as much as I would have liked. I’m also looking at building a pyramid for my cucumbers to vine up.

Since it’s only February, I have a few months to get everything in order and decide where I’m going to put things. However within the next month or two, I’m going to get some manure and rent a rototiller and get all of the soil mixed up and get some life into the soil. there is a lot of the soil that is very dense and heavy, that’s what I dealt with last year. Having just one year of gardening in this soil, I really hope to put some life into the soil.

I really hope to have a spectacular gardening year. I don’t plan on using any fertilizer outside of the horse manure, I had a serious problem with bugs last year and it wiped out almost all of my corn :-(.

I’m really hoping to go as natural as I can this year, I don’t plan on using anything that I don’t have to.

Thanks for reading!

Dan

Tomato Harvest


The first harvest is looking really good so far! On to making pasta sauce! 🙂

The tomato plants are still completely covered in tomatoes, in the coming weeks I should be getting a lot more. 🙂