Watch My Garden Growing

My gardening attempts in a new environment.

Rain, Rain, GO Away!

My poor plants! Between the deer getting to the hostas and petunias and the rain flooding my backyard, let alone home, and causing my beautiful tomato plants to break – I am pooped. We are going to get new soil and hay and a trellis to hold them up. I am afraid I will have to cut the tops of the plants off to remove some of the weight. These storms have been awful!

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Lovely rain!

Many Mini Hosta

Many Mini Hosta (Photo credit: Henryr10)

It rained last night and everything is wet, wet, wet! This is a GOOD thing around here. Last year we were in drought conditions so I am praying for periodic regular rain.

The awesome appearance so far? My hostas came back! Yep and they brought some babies along! I am so excited. Pictures will follow. I was worried that the periodic freezing temps killed them off!

Old Garden Bed

Old Garden Bed

The rain also brought cooler temps, which is another boon for us late planters! I can still plant my peas, lettuce and spinach! I will be finishing out the last raised bed next weekend and we are working on cleaning up brush. My hubby will be creating a new bed for me this weekend and we hope to get the reclaimed lumber cleaned, cut and a new deck outside the basement door. That will give us the downstairs deck to hang out on and the upstairs deck to have guests on, if we want.

I am a bit of a hermit. I work with people all week long and keep the ‘happy face’ on regardless of what goes on in life. It is a bit draining and gardening is my way of decompressing after a long hard week. I am really excited about summer coming and being able to grow my own veggies again. It provides me with solitude not found in my day-to-day life.

So, pictures are coming! They are HERE!!!

Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers

Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers

New Bed 2

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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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Getting ready!

We decided to give it another go in this shady yard of ours. After watching the sun last summer, and making some strategic clipping, we have found an area that gets quite a bit of sun. The section does have a bit of a slant so we will have to water twice a day  to keep everything supplied.

We have already cleared the area, staked it and put down the weed-block fabric. This weekend we will be building the box and planting some veggies. As soon as I am able, I will post pictures.

Looking to plant lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and a few other things. Perhaps a cuke and squash plants.

I will see what else we have in the heirloom seeds and plants.

 

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Backyard

Here are a few images of the backyard. Pretty messy! We are raking out from under 10 years of leaf matter!

One of the numerous beds:           

 

This is the bed created when a new french drain was installed next to the small brick retaining wall on the right. They dug a 2-foot wide hole that extends down the side of the house and about 10 feet past the back door. The trench is filled with gravel to allow for drainage. We covered the gravel with landscaping fabric to keep the soil from filtering down. We also had to place wood (4x4s) at the ends and one in the middle because the retaining wall is terraced. So, we have two beds, one with only a few inches of soil and one with about 6 inches of soil. They are a mix between top soil and peat moss. I have some veggies with shallow roots in now. Lettuce, spinach, peas, etc. The white you see are egg shells to put up a defense against slugs. We have many. With all the rain we have had recently the slugs have multiplied!

At 4 days some babies are poking their heads out in the radish and beets bed.

 

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