Monday, August 13, 2012
raised "bed"?never got the delivered dirt into the beds out back, so I weeded them today, spread it out and then planted and mulched my potted veggies and herbs -- right on the driveway.
Planted two canteloupe, six peppers, four eggplant, one parsley, one stevia/creeping thyme, one sage, eight basil, one garlic chives, three either broccoli or cauliflower or brussel sprouts but I think they're broccoli.
I laid out weeping hose and turned it on, intending to let it run for about an hour. After half an hour, I noticed the plants on the lower half sliding downhill and realized that my pile was eroding. No more weeping hose! I can only hope my pile doesn't get washed away in downpours before the roots get established. Maybe I can put some boards are something up.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Bed 4weeded and pulled some of the corn that was overtaken by giant zucchini leaves
Monday, June 18, 2012
koi bedweeded surface and removed all the stones. Still need to weed the sides and measure for boxes.
I took several of the stones from this bed and built a stone rampart / support for the raised ares on bed four -- someplace for the zucchini to spread. Still needs more stone and I certainly have it around!
Monday, June 18, 2012
bed by back stepsdid a little more weeding there yesterday. The vinca minor seems invincible. At least I cleared the area around the purple heuchera and some kind of yellow iris.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Bed ThreeFinally finished weeding bed three, russian sage and all. I have to admit I enjoyed hacking at the roots of that monster with my hatchet. Even so, I'm sure it will come back and I just have to keep at it. Now I need to amend the soil so I can plant broc and brussels this weekend.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
norway wood chips finally breaking down?Spinach is coming up in bed two and beets are emerging in bed one. Think I'll take what's left of the norway chips and distribute them on to of last years pile to hinder growth happening on top of that pile. Maybe they'll heat it up, too.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Bed Fourtested soil today and found it was depleted of nearly everything, ph acidic. Weeded the bed, added in lime, bag of bone meal, bag of blood meal, most of bag of kelp meal, and 2 Tidy Cat containers of compost. Used straw and leaves from asparagus bed for mulch.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
wood chipstried to remove them the other day and pulled up beet seedlings with them. Not worth the effort but will certainly NOT put them in Beds 3 and 4.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
poor start due to wood chips?just read on some posts that norway maple has alleopathic properties -- concentrated in the roots, mostly, but wondering if those wood chips I mixed wtih straw are not good for mulch. I think I'll try removing them and replacing htme with the other mulch I have in bags in the garage.
I can burn those wood chips...
Friday, May 11, 2012
Bed ThreeTested soil in Bed Three today and it was fine for potassium and low on phosphorus and nitrogen. Given that this will be brassica bed and they're not ready to plant, I think I'll amend it this weekend and hope for the best in a few week's time.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
soil testingTested soil in Bed Two Monday and found it depleted of nitrogen and phosphorus. Clearly, whatever bone and blood meal I added was insufficient. I will pile it on to beds 3 and 4, plus another strong helping of compost and see how that works. Meanwhile, I'm foliar feeding plants in Beds 1 and 2.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
what gives?Just like last year, the veggies in these beds don't seem to be growing too well. Is it poor drainage? Of course, it's probably too early to be panicking, but peas and spinach are NOT growing even though some of them sprouted a week ago.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
rye / hairy vetchat least the drought dried up most of the exposed roots, so I'm hoping will get some good decomp in beds 3 & 4. Some of it is growing, though, so I'll have to keep at the weeding this year.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
prep before sowing / plantingI think the way I'll have to proceed for sowing carrots / lettuce, etc is this.
rake soil level
stakes at end of beds for approx row layout
lay drip hose to irrigate rows
lay down mulch
make openings in mulch for seed rows / plants
It's too crazy seeding first, then laying down hose (forgetting exactly where the rows are as is proven by where to peas and spinach are actually coming up), then laying down mulch over hose in narrow bands. So we'll try this other method in bed three.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
compostgot good, well-decayed compost from pile at far corner of yard. Compost from big pile at front of yard, however, wet and smelly. Left it open to dry out and decompose some more.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
winter coverturned over the rye and hairy vetch in beds 1 - 3, hoping upcoming freeze will start them decomposing.
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