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June 1, 2008

Garden Update: The Garden Is Going In!

So we started putting in the garden this morning. We worked for about 2 1/2 hours and we're about 1/3 of the way done. We got two rows of corn seed planted (2 kinds of sweet corn and some popcorn), part of the tomatoes and peppers, watermelon, cantaloupe, pea seeds, cucumbers, zucchini and squash. We have more tomatoes, some beans, carrots, lettuce, herbs, peppers, eggplant and marigolds yet to plant. We plan on working on that later this afternoon once the sun isn't high in the sky and it's a bit cooler.

It's important to note that at this time last year my garden had been in the ground for two months. It's bee so cool and rainy this spring that we just couldn't get it done before now. The seedlings have however grown a lot on the front porch, so that's good in the grand scheme of things.

So on to the garden itself! Let's take a look at what we have so far.

First off let's look at the peas on the porch are blooming!

Pea Blossom

An before we get on to the garden let's take a look at one of the apple trees:

Apples Galore

These are known as "baking" or "cooking" apples. It appears we are going to have a bumper crop!

Now let's move on to the garden itself. In terms of size we were thinking big this year. We started out by digging and that was getting us no where fast. Jamison dug a rectangle that was about double the size of our old garden (12 X 6). We realized quickly that this we would be digging this time next year at the rate we were going. So we decided to rent a tiller:

Getting the Garden Started

So we had several issues right off the bat. One the belt kept slipping off the tiller so Jamison had to stop and put it back on every few feet. Another issue that arose was that the tiller lost a bolt or two...Obviously this tiller we rented wasn't in the best of shape, but oh well.

We also discovered that part of our yard is also under the water table, so the garden is slightly misshapen, because there were areas that could not be tilled, but we didn't know it until we started. In case you don't know what under the water table means, if you start digging your hole it fills up with water. This is both a plus and a minus...A minus in that we had to rethink the size a bit, a plus in that it's easier to keep the plants moist. So we rolled with the punches and this is what we ended up with:

Groundhog

The above pictures were taken from the breakfast area of our kitchen which is two stories up. It's hard to get a good idea of the size and to be honest I haven't measured the final outcome, but it's big. That little groundhog in the picture...I think he and I are going to get on each other's bad side quick! He lives down by the creek, which is not far behind the garden.

Is There A Fox Near My Garden?

Do foxes eat groundhogs? Because he lives down there near the creek too! ;oP

Anyway, we had to cart the plants down the hill to the garden. I told Jamison that I wished we had a wheel barrow and he suggested using Alexis' wagon...Why didn't I think of that?

Wagon One

Wagon Two

The seedlings took two loads to carry down the plants and Jamison kindly rolled them down for me. I also have/had some seeds to plant too and as I mentioned I already planted from seed 2 rows of corn, some beans, shell peas and snow pea pods. If you'll notice some of the plants are already blooming. We've got small squash and tomatoes on some of the plants.

Sqaush Blossom...I think!

Isn't that gorgeous? I just love squash blooms! Or it may be a zucchini, but you get the idea none the less!

So this is what we started with:

Pre-Planting

Right behind the garden is a massive patch of honeysuckle and the whole garden area smells sweet! It's heavenly. Once I get everything planted I will show you an after picture.

The marigolds are doing really well too. I'll plant these underneath the tomatoes. They help ward off nematodes and things like that that can bother and/or destroy your plants.

Marigolds

I also plant herbs and garlic and things for bug protection as well. I'll share my "recipe" for organic bug spray later on. It is a mixture of garlic, cayenne pepper, etc that you boil and then steep for a while. It works like a charm!

So that's where we are right now. In a couple of hours we'll go back out and hopefully finish up the rest of the garden today...Stay tuned!

Posted by Dianne at June 1, 2008 2:13 PM

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oh I'm jealous! Since I'm still in apartment life, I only have room for a few things. Mainly a tiny basil plant and a grape tomato plant. I wish I had your garden space!

Posted by: Heather at June 1, 2008 4:03 PM

the garden looks great! i can't wait to see how it grows in the full swing of summer. and i really can't wait to see what happens between that gorgeous fox and that wily groundhog!!

Posted by: mimi at June 1, 2008 8:19 PM

I'm enjoying the space. I've gardened for years, but this is the first big, big garden and so far I'm having a ball!

There's a rabbit out there lurking too...IF the fox hasn't gotten it yet! ;oP

I'm afraid the fox is no match for the deer though...

Posted by: Dianne at June 1, 2008 9:13 PM

Oh how cool!

That fox pic is amazing!

I can't wait for your recipe for plant spray!

Posted by: Allie at June 2, 2008 11:37 AM

I plan on making a batch this coming weekend so it will most likely be in my next garden update. I use it on everything...veggies, fruit, roses, flowers!

Posted by: Dianne at June 2, 2008 4:26 PM

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