Watch My Garden Growing

My gardening attempts in a new environment.

Second Time Around

Since the eggshell experiment failed, I decided to go with traditional starter trays with 98% success! I am guesstimating the percentage; however, I planted three 72-cell trays and all but 24 cells have fully germinated. 24 out of 216 – you do the math, I don’t really care. ūüôā Oh, and I replanted 12 cells and transplanted the corn to larger cells. So, I guess I have planted 228 and I have partial germination in the 24 cells (I plan to replant once I transplant the other cells into larger containers).

So here they are: (since they are in a window pictures are dark, but you can see the growth)

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I purchased clear plastic solo cups to transfer my non-cold resistant plants into to allow them to grow a bit more. My plan is to transplant the cold hardy plants into the garden this weekend. Peas, lettuce, etc can go in the garden bed while the others can get a little more strength while we begin hardening them off during the day. I will probably need to replant the onions, leeks, and chives as they are not looking their best and am not certain they will transplant well. Since I am square foot companion gardening this year I can direct seed in a couple of the squares and transplant what I have. I will thin them out as necessary.

Due to my dirty, rotten, stinking allergies being twice obnoxious this year I am not as ready to plant this year. I will have one bed ready this weekend and possibly have the second moved and filled. One day outside in windy conditions sent me inside for four and one-half.

For more information on square foot gardening: http://www.melbartholomew.com/

For companion gardening: http://permaculturenews.org/2010/07/30/companion-planting-guide/

For companion square foot gardening: http://www.mysquarefootgarden.net/companion-planting/

 

 

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Survival of the fittest

We have survived. The garden, that is. I had to cut about two feet off the tomato plants and hubby built a nice trellis to tie them up. The storms have not killed them off!! I did add more soil to the beds to help with root growth and stability as well.

The cucumbers are doing well. The pickling cukes I planted first have grown up and across the tops of my deer netting!! I plan to snip at least one today as it is about six inches. I make a cuke and onion salad for hubby that he will eat daily!

It rained too much and then got too hot too quickly for my lettuce. Much of it turned stringy and went to seed, as did my radishes and beets. I will re-plant in the fall. The chocolate mint is loving this weather! Most of the herbs are having a swell time in this hot wet weather.

My poor peppers are not loving the rain so much and the cloudy days. SOMETHING is eating at the leaves as I have tiny holes all over them. They are also curling. Have to do a little research.

Something else has been growing in the fields around us – chiggers and ticks. We did something we HATE to do – we sprayed insecticide in the field behind the house – only about 30-40 feet from the back of the house. We do not wander in the woods much so we did not go any further. I do not like using insecticides; HOWEVER, we felt it was a last resort. Since my diagnosis with Lyme Disease and the overpopulation of ticks (cannot walk to my garden without numerous getting on me) we had to take care of the immediate problem. We also discovered chiggers. My husband had never heard of chiggers before but after working outside one day – and not even in the tall grass – he was “bitten” from the chest downward. EVERYWHERE. He brought them in the house and infested our bedroom. I had to wash everything in very hot water. All of our clothing he touched or contaminated with his clothing and all of our linens.

We discovered the contamination when we both awoke with what looked like bites from waist down. After doing some investigating we discovered we had been infiltrated by chiggers. Using just an anti-itch cream was a temporary fix. We went to Wally-World and purchased benedryl cream and Chigg-Away. Seems to work.

Unfortunately, just walking to the end of my patio seems to get us covered in one or the other so we have taken steps to kill them back and then cut the grass/weeds/growth of vegetation down to the ground to remove any hiding places they have. We had planned to remove the growth anyway as we are building a deck off of the patio.

Life in Williamsburg is much more rural than Wytheville!

I go back to the doc this week to discuss the Lyme DIsease again as I am not sure the first round of anti-bacterial meds killed it off. Using colloidal silver and hemp oil as natural aids to assist me.

Now, off to fold and wash/dry laundry. WOOT! WOOT!

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Wow! Look at the growth!

 

We went away for a few days and my plants went CRAZYY!!!100_1872 Look at the tomatoes!! They grew about 10-12 inches!

 

 

My lettuce has grown a couple of inches and my squashes and melons have grown about six!!

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Check out the herbs!! The marigolds are loving the rain too!

 

 

 

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Strawberries growing wild! Hope we get to eat them before the critters do! More lettuce growing as well.

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Hostas are loving this weather and the deer haven’t come to eat them!

 

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Catmint and chocolate mint are growing well also.

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Salad!

Français : Mesclun, petits légumes marinés et ...

Français : Mesclun, petits légumes marinés et chèvre chaud aux herbes sur toasts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not yet, but soon I hope.

I planted my mesclun mix lettuce today. It germinates quickly and we will have lettuce soon. It will take a bit longer for the tomatoes, cukes and peppers but I cannot wait! Yeah, I can.

I transplanted the parsley, cilantro and the zucchini into larger containers. The cukes will be transplanted later this week.

I am reinvigorated by a recent show where the Dervaes family was profiled. Check them out: UrbanHomestead.org/journal

They are providing for themselves and earning enough money to pay what little they cannot grow. This is something I would love to do for my family. I find myself asking “how much do I need to live?” If I did not have to travel to and from work, pay dues, fees, and other stuff to work, how much is needed? I have always dreamed of be self sustaining.

Rent or mortgage payments. Electricity, Internet, cable, etc. And meat. My husband could NEVER be a vegetarian. No car payments (yay!) but repairs and gas. Would 20K a year be enough? I don’t know, but I would love to find a place and give it a go.

The Dervaes family can be followed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dervaes?fref=ts

Have a happy day!

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