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. ­čÖé

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 ­čÖé

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┬áspectacular 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! ­čÖé

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

Garden Status

Following the aphid infection, my cucumbers didn’t recover as well as I would like. I trimmed a lot of leaves off to prevent the disease from spreading, that appears to have stunted the plant. I have two cucumbers that aren’t growing much. Maybe next year.. My corn and tomatoes are doing amazing though! The corn stopped growing at about 6 foot (some are smaller), which was attributed to the bush blocking the sun during the first few stages of growth. I have about 25 ears of corn :-). My tomatoes are going insane! My early girl tomato plant is covered in tomatoes! I am not really sure why my big beef doesn’t have any yet. The hot weather just broke loose around here so i’m hoping the bees get to all the flowers on the plant.

I have two lemon cucumber plants, the first one I planted a while back but was attacked by a squirrel, and somehow is STILL growing. It literally looks dead  at the base but is producing cukes. Because of my uncertainty as to the health of the plant, I went and bought another plant which is already producing cukes.

I have started a project that will make the garden larger and allow for up to 5 – 6 hours of sun in the late afternoon to evening. It gets another 2 hours of sun in the morning. We have two large pine trees that block a lot of sun mid day. So far with just the evening sun, the garden is already doing well. My hope with this project is to give more space and remove a crap load of roots and black berry plants, In the next month I will have a stump grinder out here to get the stump and most of the roots around it removed and make mulch out of them. Then comes the fun part of building a stone retaining wall and tilling in some healthy soil.

Right now the soil is in pretty bad shape. I’ve had to add miracle grow and calcium to keep things going, the soil is so tough and dry. Put water on it and the water just rolls away, my plan is to remove an inch or two of the bad soil and replace it with healthy garden soil and fertilizer. Then I will till it in and hopefully have better soil for next year. This year is more of a trial run for the garden. Next year I will have more stuff growing and a lot more space.

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to check out my garden cam. I hope to add another camera to that next year so I can have lower and higher vantage points.

 

More Garden Work

My garden isn’t growing as well as I would like and I realized it is because the garden doesn’t get much sun. I decided that the bush in front of the garden needed to go. Here is the time line of it going away.






Next on the list of things to do, is wait for my lemon cucumber plant to finish doing its thing (another few weeks) and then I’m going to pull it out and have the stumps ground down.

Cucumber has a disease

I had put this off as long as I could. I was attempting to stay as natural as possible. But it came to a point where the leaves became so brittle and were getting holes in them. Here is what the plan looked like yesterday. (July 3rd)

I bought a spray to combat the issue, I forget the name of it (I will post it later today) but the spray smells really good because it’s all natural oils from different plants. One is peppermint, but I soaked both sides of the leaves. I will know if it worked by tomorrow (July 5th).

The Sun is coming!

Wednesday and Thursday of this week temps in the 80’s and sun come back! My corn, cucumbers and tomatoes are doing really well. I have a twice weekly watering schedule. Tuesdays and Fridays. When the 80 degree weather comes back, the soil should be nice and warm and the watering schedule will allow for a really good produce to grow! ­čÖé

The potatoes are doing nice as well, I had to prop one of the plants up as it fell over.

You can see the garden through my garden cam here

Garden is growing

It is great to see the garden starting to flourish! The corn is really starting to take off, the tomatoes are really going crazy. which is great! So far I have four tomatoes on the vine.

I will try to get more pictures up. You can head over to my Facebook page and see my Garden Album there.