Monday, April 26, 2010

Garden Update! 4 Weeks

I almost forgot to take todays pictures, It is now 4 weeks today, we put in the garden.

Most of the stuff is growing good.  We had to plant a few corn that didnt come up..  And of course the new soaked over nite peas, have been replanted and are just starting to come up.

I was worried what I would go out to this morning as we had one heck of a storm last night, Wow, I have never seen so much lightning in such a short amount of time in my life. And the rain was so hard and heavy,

But, happy to say, the garden survived, and the plants are a little dirty but that will wash off. 

Here is overview of the garden. 2 weeks later at now 4 weeks.


The stuff you cant see to well in the box on the right, is onion sets, Not doing to well. The front boxes, are slow growiing.  The radishes are doing good, but the lettuce is still slow going.  The other box has more onions and Carrots, those are coming up nicely.  Got a couple berries off the strawberries. I think its to hot for them.

Do you remember the yukon gold potatoes. I cant keep up with them, I have put all the soil I had left in there, and need to get more, to cover the rest of the bucket.

The beginning of a caulifower.  YUM! 

First long box, These are 5 different kinds of string beans. Like black beans,Lima beans and striped beans. Hubby says he is hopeing for 5 bean soup soon, LOL!

These 2 SWC buckets are the Squash seeds I planted just a few weeks ago.  They are doing good, no fruit yet.


Our first green pepper, it has such a perfect shape.  There are a ton of flowers on these 2 plants. So will have lots pretty soon.

First set of Cherry Tomatoes,  I love these, and this is first time growing, Hope they come out nice, You can see the marigold in the back of the bucket, its working good, no bugs yet.

And this is the Beef Steak Tomatoes.  There are 11 on here right now, and doing good.  We planted some Roma tomatoe seeds, and they are coming up and about 6 inches tall, nothing exciting yet, LOL!

Well, that is our garden update at 4 weeks.  Keep watching, I will update in 2 more weeks. If I forget, Please reminde me.

Thanks for stopping by!
Sharon

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Garden Update! 2 Week's

How does your garden grow?

Mine is growing pretty good. It has now been in 2 weeks as of yesterday.  And I took a picture to show you how its doing.

This is my hubbys pride and joy. Every night he comes home, says hello, changes his clothes and runs out to water his garden. He planted some more bulbs yesterday.  So im a few months, Im going to have stuff popping up all over the place.  I had to transplant one of my pineapples.  The frost Killed the leaves, so he though it was a gonner. So he pulled it up and it still had live roots, He said, I wondered why it was so hard to pull out, LOL!  So may be he will know to watch for that with the next one. LOL!

Here is a over view of all the beds,  And I want to know one thing, How in the world does grass and weeds grow though the weed cloth and several inches of mulch.  Im going to have to weed spray any way, but may be this will still be easier. 

You can see that all the corn, and several of the beans have come up,  The black beans, 2 different kinds, have not come up yet. So will give another week to see if they are late bloomers as today is the 14 day germination.  Some just need a little more time.  The snow peas are doing great, but the regular peas didnt come up. So We will replant those.  Half the time they dont come up. And hubby was in such a hurry to get them in the ground.  He didn't to the soak over night trick.  I bet he does with the new batch. LOL!


Can you see whats in here?  This is one of the buckets with Yukon Gold seed potatoes.  They are starting to sprout some green leaves. When they get about 4 inches tall, We will fill the bucket just enough to cover them, with some compost, and more soil. And continue to do this, till the bucket if full to the top.  Let let it grow, put out pretty flowers, then let the green leaves turn brown, and dump over and harves the potatoes.
I will keep posting pictures for yall.

Look what we have here!  The yellow seed I put in the SWC.  Have come up and are looking pretty good. You wont be able to see the bucket when they get full grown.  Just green leaves, and look under to see the yellow squash hanging.  Love them Grilled with olive oil and garlic. Yum!


You can barely see them, but here are the first 2 Beef Steak Tomatoes on the bush. Looking good.  Need to add some egg shells and epson salts to these and the peppers.

This is the box front right,  we planted 2 more strawberrys ,  one is doing okay, the other one didnt make it.  Its just to hot here for them now. They do get a lot of after noon shade, so that helps a lot.

You cant really see them, but in the middle row with the marigolds. The Stubby Carrots have come up. I cant wait for these.  We are trying a different kind this year.  These only get 5 inches long, but are super fat. So you get a more meaty carrot.  A few of the onion bulbs came up as well.

As for the front left box.  With all the Lettuce, its showing signs of growth.  But not much, The raddishes are coming up.  But come to find out, Hubby forgot he already planted in those boxes,  So not sure if its the raddishes or lettuces.  So waiting a little longer to see if they look different then the other boxes. LOL! 

My hubby say's, He likes to grow mixed veggies.  It drives me nuts. LOL!

Hope you stop back by in 2 weeks to see the progress.   And if you have any tips for how to keep the bugs off.   Please leave me a comment. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Sharon

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Some Changes and New Look!

You may notice some changes around here so dont think your on the wrong blog, LOL! 

I kind of like this one, although you cant see the sides to much, it has old bard boards, and Love the Sunflower. So need to see if I can play with it some.  And put it back to a 3 column blog when I get some time. 

But figured since, the camper and the garden got a make over, the blog might as well to.

So, We have been working on the new garden every day for like 2 weeks, and its looking really good, and almost done.  Need to go get new fence to keep the dogs out, and some more soil for the SWC's and planters for my herbs.  

Here is what the garden looked like last year and got the best of us, Its a lot of work for my husband and myself with out medical problems.  But the doc says, we need this garden to help our stress and its the only exercise we get, but day, the weeds and grass are just to much for us. So We when from this:


This is the main part, its 18' x 30 feet.  and in the back corner, its hard to see but there is a small crape myrtle. We did rows in the ground, and covered them with black trash bags and it worked reall good, but we didnt put them in the middle of the rows so had to keep using the hoe.


Here is the main garden after stuff started growing from seeds in the ground. You can see the black plastic trash bags.  And you can see the crape myrtle in the back corner, its growing.


Now for the New Garden,  We are trying Raised beds this year, and working some what on the square foot garden as much as we can.  So we dug up the Crape Myrtle that was now really big, and moved it over to the other side of the yard, and am happy to say, it survived,  It now sprouting new leaves before all the others.

Then hand tilled the garden as the pull cord on our gas tiller keeps breaking.  And removed all the grass and weeds. And then moved the stuff on the side of the shed, and cleared it for watermelons, cantalope and acorn squash,  Here is a picture of that, its only been in 4 days, and already we are seeing sprouts. You see the black sides of the old bed liner, that is a quick fix to keep the dogs out of this side, and where the new fence will go this weekend. This area is 10 x 14


This is what the new main garden now looks like. We removed every thing even the tree in the corner. Put down weed cloth over the whole area.  Built the raised beds and laid them on top of the weed cloth. Then put down 24 bags of mulch.  I hope this will stop the weed problem.


Box 1 on the left in the back is 3' x 18', and so is the one on the right. I cant possible tell you what is in this right now, I forgot the list in the shed. Im working on a layout for it.  and will post it.  Ha, notice the 2 lonely cauliflower. They were on clearance at lows for 2.00 so we picked up 2 and then planted cauliflower seeds in the squares around it. So we will have some staggered growing.  I told hubby to plant some marigolds and how many do you see , yep, just one,  so after things start coming up, I will plant a few more. 


In this one, you can see we planted white onion sets, and Red onion sets.  they should do fine.We only put 5 per box. Square foot garden says 16 I think.


This is one of the two short boxes. They are 3'x6' and one has collard greens, and all kinds of lettuce and raddish. And in the other box has one row of strawberries and one row of onion, yep, Hubby wanted sweet strawberry onions. and I for get what on the other side. Have to get the list.. Hey there are two marigolds in this one. lol.


And again this year we are using SWC's that worked so good last year. We put off the stuff that gets big and bushy in these. 

we have 7 so far, need to get more soil for some more. From left to right are 2 green peppers, one Cherry tomato, 1 Beef steak tomato and 1 Roma tomato and on the end are 2 yellow squash, they grow good in these, with side stakes, the fruit hangs off the sides.

And in these 4 buckets with holes are Yukon gold potatoes. We grew them like this last year and they did great.

Well, thats all for now. I hope to be updating this blog more as the growing season takes off. And of course, Camping season is here.

Thanks for stopping by!
Sharon