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Spring Garden Update

April 11, 2011

Woohoo! We did it! This is the first raised bed. I made it from four 4x4s, which I salvaged from someone’s tear-down deck project. I can’t believe I spent months feeling anxious about how I was going to build this. After evening up the ends (more hand-sawing!), it really wasn’t very difficult to drill the holes and screw it all together. I lined the bottom with newspaper and landscaping fabric, and lined the sides with doubled-up plastic (from the bags of dirt) to make it last longer. Then I dumped in a mixture of garden soil, compost, chicken compost, and some soil amendment mix. We’ll see. I have no idea what I’m doing, but this was based on a bunch of research from gardening posts. It *feels* like good soil. It was fun to dig in.

What’s in here?

* three tomatoes
* a japanese cucumber
* lemon cucumbers (from seed)
* two bell peppers
* one black-purple bell pepper
* bush beans

* carrots (from seed)
* beets (from seed)
* radishes (from seed)
* basil (from seed — we’ll see how goes)

Next weekend I’ll build the second bed, fill it, and put in all the rest of our plants (more cucumbers, peas, onions, lots of herbs, and some experimental plants just for fun)

We also have WAY too many potato plants, but I think it’s entirely possible that we’re just growing very nice potato plants, with no actual potatoes being produced. I’m following the method I’ve seen a few places of mulching the potatoes with straw (obviously). Will report back on this with results.

Terri is thoroughly enjoying being able to harvest oranges every day for her juice.

Some other pictures from this afternoon. It’s starting to look so good! This weekend I worked really hard but I feel much better overall (and tired!)

And I’m loving the armfuls of lilacs we are getting. I think these might be my favorite flower (currently).

16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2011 7:56 pm


    It’s awesome.

    • April 11, 2011 8:08 pm

      Thank you! I’m pretty excited. I have a feeling we will be drowning in veggies later on. I hope so!!

  2. Lara Starr permalink
    April 11, 2011 10:11 pm

    Just beautiful!

    • April 12, 2011 12:12 pm

      I’m so excited. You’ll have to come out and get some fresh goodies. 🙂

  3. April 12, 2011 3:44 am

    Lilacs are my favorite too. My bushes came from my grandmother’s farm, so they’re extra special to me. I’m impressed with your gardening. I bought bagfuls of onions to plant, but I really want to try potatoes — I just don’t think I have the room for them.

    • April 12, 2011 12:13 pm

      Oh, that’s really special. These lilacs I’m pretty sure were planted around the same time as the house (mid-50s). The potatoes are easy so far — try looking up “container potatoes in straw” — so far, so good…

  4. Mom permalink
    April 12, 2011 6:31 am

    It looks like you had a really fun day. Super ambitious gardening plans. We can’t grow half that stuff here at the coast. Not even!!!

  5. April 12, 2011 8:04 am

    Your garden is looking so nice! The raised bed looks great too and I bet everything you planted in it grows like crazy. Your lilacs are pretty but I am highly allergice to them. Of course nearly everyone grows them here so when they bloom I am absolutely miserable. One of my nextdoor neighbors has four very large lilacs right next to the fence. I’ve spent years every spring glaring at them and shooting negative energy rays in their direction but they are impervious.

    • April 12, 2011 12:14 pm

      I hope it grows like crazy. I’ll post frequent updates. Terri was having some allergic reactions to the lilacs so I had to take one of the bouquets to work today (oh darn!). Everyone is loving them. I know how miserable allergies are — what a drag!

  6. trapunto permalink
    April 12, 2011 8:42 am

    Major accomplishment! Looks great! When you get busy you really get things done! I’m with you on lilacs. I have a thing for all “good smelly” flowers. Are those daylillies already in one of the bottom pictures?! It looks like this is the season where our climates part company.

    • April 12, 2011 12:15 pm

      Yes, daylillies are growing — no blooms yet, but I’m hopeful. It’s so fun to see what is already here.

  7. April 13, 2011 9:13 am

    i love your garden, love your lilacs, and im super jealous of terris orange haul! there will definitely be no one with a vitamin c deficiency in your house.

  8. April 13, 2011 9:39 am

    Except me: I don’t drink orange juice! But Terri loves it. It makes me really happy that she gets to have fresh OJ every day. As long as the oranges last, that is..

  9. April 14, 2011 2:56 pm

    A lot of jealousy going on here!… and you topped it off with my favorite flower which won’t grow in florida!!…Lilacs!! oh how I love real Lilacs! (hate the sprays that are supposed to smell like them) sigh..

    • April 15, 2011 10:15 am

      I was *so* happy when I discovered that we had lilacs. I love them! Sadly I think they might be a bit too scented for Terri… but they are gorgeous and I’ll just bring them to work to enjoy.

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