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Peas and Cucumbers... well, the cucumbers went through a freeze and died.. so did some of the tomato plants. So I reseeded the cucumbers and they are doing well now. 4 of the 6 tomato plants survived the freeze and recovered too.
Our little composter... we also have worms inside.
Our family managed to reduce our trash from 2 pickups a week to 1 pickup a week. Our recycling now goes out once every 2-3 weeks instead of every week. The worms eat most everything and the outdoor pile is doing well too.
So that's our garden this year. We're making adjustments as we go.
Had to replace some plants. Learned our lesson about leggy seedlings too. The soil was bad, so I tilled in amendments and then stacked a 6" raised bed on top of the amended soil.
In addition, we have watermelons, honeydews and cauliflower growing.
Here's a picture of the garden before I setup the smart pots and the stackers!
The berm in the back of the pictures was finally removed by the builder. Unfortunately when it went away, so did our butterfly garden that was growing. So we reseeded the butterfly garden now that the berm is gone. Hopefully it will catch up!
The squares are from Square Foot Gardening method. They will remain and I should add a few more so I can truly claim I'm doing square foot gardening. lol It's a more intense way of gardening/spacing plants instead of row gardening. Google "Square Foot Gardening" for more info. I think it took 262 blocks in total to make the spacing all equal around the beds. The blocks are 1 foot wide so they work nicely with the square foot gardening method.
The fencing around the compost pile was leftover plastic from the lattice I cut for the garden grids.
ROFL Qinx! I understand about that KFC! We've been eating buttercrunch lettuce, green onions, and, just recently, fresh new potatoes. I have some beautiful heads of cabbage almost ready. Got lots of tomatoes on my plants (18 of them). I will have squash, green beans, cucumbers, okra and other assorted veggies later. I can and freeze lots of my produce too. It tastes so much better than what you can buy in the stores. I have a good sized orchard and a large blackberry (thornless) patch too. I really enjoy gardening--it's so relaxing. Most of us on here can really appreciate all the work you put into your beautiful garden. I hope everything does well for you.
I received 7 more stacking planters and four 5kg blocks of coir yesterday! Didn't have time to get them up though. Will try to get them up on the post tonight when I get home. Will post some detailed pictures of how I put the stacks together.
It's been raining the past 2 days. Haven't been able to finalize the planting. I managed to get my sage and basil transplanted. Planted some green onions too. The watermelons are also transplanted. Hopefully I can train them on the side away from the rest of the garden.
Alas our Aerogarden broke! So I had to take out the herbs from there. I don't think they'll survive, but I placed them in the ground. We'll see if they live. Aerogrow is sending us a new base for out unit.
Ah, rain . . . Is that that wet stuff that falls from the sky? How little of it we have here in the desert. Growing up on the east coast I hated rain - always managed to ruin the day. Now I love it - go figure . . .
I have an Aerogarden as well - love that thing!! When I got ready to start some seeds in it back a few months ago, I took the Basil and Dill out and just stuck them in the garden. Couldn't see just getting rid of them as they were doing so well. Trimmed the long roots and stuck them in a spot with the little plastic thing and all. They are growing like gangbusters, both probably about 1 1/2 ft tall, so just plant 'em and see what happens.
Our stackers have sprouted. I did them on 2 different days. The initial planting of 18 bean seeds has produced 18 bean sprouts! The 2nd planting should sprout Wed/Thu this week I hope. Grow babies! Grow!
LOVE IT!!!! Just got some of ours out today and we are late for our area. We were still out at dark and I told DH he was planting with the moon not by it. I turned on the greenhouse lights so he could see as there was no Moon. LOL what ever it takes he says! Last year all our plants got beat by a large hail storm while still in the flats. It was June 1st and we put out nothing but sticks and had a wonderful veggie garden. Ya just never know what you may get. Makes me say a prayer for Farmers as I would find it hard to make a living at it.
Just curious how many corn plants you plan to grow in a single square foot? I only planted 10 corn plants and all 10 have come up but I can't imagine them surviving in approximately 4 square feet. (They are helping fill the void left by some earlier tomato losses) I don't really even like corn that much but my landlords have been encouraging me to expand the garden and I didn't want them to think I wasn't using the additional space so I figured corn would be hard to miss and give the illusion of being a productive gardener.
I've planted 2-4 seeds per square foot in a diagonal pattern (opposite corners). I hope it's not too crowded and shouldn't be since the area is so small. There's plenty of air circulation in that bed. Corn is one of those crops that isn't a good return on space utilized, but I wanted to grow some anyways. I made sure I fertilized the area with a slow release organic fertilizer too. The beans are in the same bed since they fix nitrogen into the soil and corn is a heavy nitrogen consumer.
By succession planting 3 sections at 2-3 weeks intervals it's my hope that we a couple weeks of staggered corn harvest.
Here is my layout I'm using. Each square represents 1 square ft. This bed is 4x11. The preview only shows part of the image. To see the whole layout you have to click on it.
Well I guess I'll leave them and see what happens. They are in a lasagna bed and I also added some slow release organic fertilizer when I planted them. There are scarlet runners (beans) growing with them. I realize corn isn't a great return for the space used but I already have a 13 kinds of hot pepper (30 plants), 3 kinds of basil, oregano, cilantro, parsley, onions, carrots, 8 tomato plants, 4 cucumber plants, 2 watermelon plants, 2 squash plants, and about a dozen swiss chard growing. I don't know if that's a lot or a little but I live alone and already feel like it's overkill and didn't know what else to plant, so corn it was! Worst case scenario is it looks tall and green and like I'm doing something in the garden space.
I have 4 corn planted per square foot and so far all is well. No overcrowding, but then again I have Golden Bantam planted. They only get to 5' or so. I have ears formed on the earliest planting. As long as there is good air circulation you want to plant the corn fairly closely to ensure good pollination.