our backyard is exploding in life. birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and everything is turning a verdant shade of green. it's a fun thing to watch happen. generally speaking, i would much rather have gloomy, wet, dark weather - but this spring, i am feeling inspired...
so, i've decided to try to grow a veggie garden! historically my thumb has been more "blue" than "green,” so i will take this on as a challenge, and as something positive to put my energy into. i need to get into some hobbies again to keep myself in a positive mind-frame, and this felt like a good hobby to try. growing things is very gratifying.
so, hopefully this photo log will be of interest to a few of you out there! it's not very exciting yet, since i haven't even planted anything... ;)
to start, lys & i went and bought a bunch of gardening supplies. large shovel, small hand trowels, gloves, plant shears and clippers, weed puller/small rake thingymajig, etc etc etc.
also got some extra pots and a tomato trellis :D, and organic compost and organic worm castings to supplement the existing dirt. although i did find some earthworms wriggling around in some of the wetter spots, the dry, crumbly earth just seems like it could use some help.
as for location: on the south side of our house, there are 2 areas of unoccupied dirt. the big one is about 12' long x 3' deep, and the other is shorter and skinnier at about 7' x 8” deep. i don't think anything's really ever grown in these patches of dirt, except for opportunistic weeds , grass stretching out from the main lawn, and lots of clover. so, the dirt was pretty dry and compacted for the most part.
it took 6 hours of hard labor to prep these long-neglected patches for veggies (and man, my hands are SORE!). i dug out all the weeds/ grass/dandelions/extensive beds of clover; cleared away the fallen plant debris; trimmed the nearby plants that were overgrown or in the way; and dug up all the earth with a large shovel so that it could be loosened up and moistened.
so, here's the progress of the large spot. i didn't think to take any pictures until after i was already working on it, sorry! this is about ½ way through digging out the bigger weeds, and after i've already trimmed all the neighboring plants. close up shots of weeds, oooh you know you love that shit...
yard waste bin ½ full already!!!
below is after i finished digging up every tiny little fuckin' weed from that large patch and trimmed up the rose bush:
then, i used the large shovel to dig up all the dirt a few inches down and hosed it down to add some moisture
these next pics are showing the 2nd shorter, skinnier area - before and after i uprooted all the weeds and the cleared off the 2” layer of plant debris. heh.
yo, CHECK IT OUT... even a few wormies were chillin' in the dirt! that's a good sign eh?
so, what is going to end up in this garden of ours ????
for the bigger patch, i'm planning to try carrots, eggplant, zucchini or squash, potatoes, hot or sweet peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, and such. the skinner one will be for herbs like chives, basil, thyme, and cilantro, since they don't need that much space.
also, we will use the big round pot and tomato trellis for yellow pear tomatoes, and the two long planter boxes for strawberries!!! WOO HOO!!! :teeth:
so, next step is to do some research and figure out exactly when each type of veggie should be planted. i think it's a little early for most of them, but perhaps ok to do herbs soon. i am waffling between growing from seed or buying small sprouts from the nursery... we shall see! also will be looking into mulching the ground surface with either plastic, straw, or wood chips.
updates to be made as the project continues. any input/tips from you gardeners out there is welcome :) thanks for checking out this thread!
Edited by mydarling, 22 March 2010 - 11:48 PM.