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)

wpid-img_20150409_072019527_hdr.jpg      Corn babies. wpid-img_20150408_145150079_hdr.jpg wpid-img_20150408_145157417_hdr.jpg         Lettuces, spinach, etc.            wpid-img_20150408_145211753_hdr.jpg

 

 wpid-img_20150408_145205947_hdr.jpg       24 Hour growth of peas and beans!wpid-img_20150409_072012783.jpg

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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Step One

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Raised Lasagna Beds

Raised Lasagna Beds (Photo credit: Raizes Y Rayos)

Raised Bed

Raised Bed (Photo credit: Chiot’s Run)

Mixing soils while waiting for mi esposo. Ran to Lowe’s for items he needs. He missed out on the fun yesterday!

Soils were mixed and put into the boxes we made from reclaimed lumber from our deck. We used the untreated wood for garden boxes and will be using treated wood for the patio/deck we are making next. If there are leftovers we will be making a picnic table and benches.

Pictures are on there way.

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Went shopping today

Pepsico, Quaker Oats & GMO: You're On Your Own...

Pepsico, Quaker Oats & GMO: You’re On Your Own (g1a2d0054c1) (Photo credit: watchingfrogsboil)

 

The Future of Food

The Future of Food (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

So, I headed over to Lowe’s this morning and bought the soils I need for my raised bed garden. I will be layering the garden, wheat straw on the bottom (on top of the contractor’s fabric), manure-compost blend, peat, and top soil. I also purchased a few plants as I will be growing a lot from heirloom, un-Monsanto GMO seed. I wanted my tomatoes and peppers to have a head start and provide some shade for my more tender crops.
Tomorrow we will build the box, mix the soils, and plant. Hubby will pick up the stakes to build the fence (deer netting and chicken wire) to keep out the critters. I do use Miracle-Gro so don’t trash me as I mention it in my posts!! I will also use a small portion of my garden area to compost, I save my eggshells to put around the lettuce, cabbage,, etc to discourage the slugs. I will be making my beer bait and insect trap to be hung from a tree on the opposite side of my yard. Primarily, it is used to trap mosquitoes! My beer bait for slugs will be outside of the garden as well.

 
I am really excited to see what we can grow here!

 

 

 

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