Spring garden is really coming along. Did a walk through this morning, and just snapped a few pics. I’m very surprised how well my peas are doing. Last year I babied them and they were terrible. This year I’ve done very little with them and they are doing fine. They thrive on neglect apparently.
I absolutely love spring in this part of the country. The nights are warming and being able to be outside pretty much all the time makes my little home seem a lot bigger.
Kids are running around outdoors, rediscovering their neighborhood and their neighbor kids.
My garden is finally showing some real signs of life. Now all we need around here is some rain. But until then, I’ve put in a fence post guitar holder to hold my axe while I flip steaks and burgers and enjoy my time at home with my wife, my kids, and my garden.
Hey there gardeners! It’s been a busy weekend around here!
I’m pulling out the old bed and design, and going with a new trapezoidal design. My new design comes from my wife, she helped to put it together. It is angled to take full advantage of the sun in the summer time. The garden will have two feet of bed space for width, and then each bed will vary in length. The bamboo trellis, courtesy of these guys, will hold my beans and tomatoes. The angle will help to pull the plants up and away from the plants in the bed. I will also be utilizing my little minion children to go under the trellis and gather vegetables. The whole gang is involved. Mrs. J’s rock wall is complete. I spent some time with a carbide bit and a circular saw rocking the cap stones so they would curve with the wall.
All this cold weather has inspired me to sit down with my wife and plan out the garden for the spring. We’re going in a slightly different direction this year, but I think it’s because we’ve gotten two years of experience with our little garden and we’re leveraging what we’ve learned.
What’s your plan for your garden this spring? Post it!
I live in a townhouse, and I do not have a tremendous amount of space. Last season, I tried potatoes in the garden beds themselves and got very few potatoes. But from what I’ve been reading, the methodology of vertical potato gardening is purported to yield substantial numbers of tubers with a minimum of space utilization. I’m very excited about how well the plants are doing, already.
I’ve covered the plants at least three times. The first layer of earth is a mixture of peat moss and potters soil. Once the greenery made it’s appearance, I covered over the leaves with peat moss. The next layer after the shoots came up through this layer is another thin covering of potting soil. Then I allowed the shoots to reach about 10-14 inches in height and have now started just covering with peat moss (sphagnum) and will continue this until the box is entirely full. Then I’ll allow the shoots to die and allow the potatoes to mature.
Now that the shoots are above there first course of boards, I’ll have to add more boards to add more dirt/moss/(or even newspaper I’ve read). Also, you might notice the screen and the soil liner, I included this to get a little more drainage for the box just to ensure that the tubers don’t get too wet.
Happy backyard gardening!
I can’t wait to see how the cucumbers fair when the weather finally decides to stay warm.