there's a spot a few feet wide in between a random succulent plant (don't know what it is) and a rose bush, which is closest to the water spigot. it is consistently cooler than the other regions, since it gets water runoff and shade from the plants. so, the romaine and prizehead lettuce were planted here.
we basically chose to plant the lettuce by the "wide row" method, found at this neat website: http://www.garden.org
. using twine, we sectioned off 2 adjacent blocks, each approx. 15” x 18” - one for each of the two types of lettuce.
then we smoothed the surface lightly w/ small rake and sprinkled the seeds evenly around each block. tried to scatter them across the seedbed as evenly as possible, using about ½ a packet of seeds for each block.
then the seeds were gently pressed the seeds into the soil with palm of hand and covered with ½ layer of soil, and then we patted the soil once on top.
----------CUCUMBERS & ZUCCHINI
these were planted in areas with full, bright sunlight. tried to sloped the soil up a bit in the back, near the trellises, to facilitate better drainage. the zucchini will have its own trellis, but the straight cucumbers and lemon cucumbers are gonna be trained onto the same trellis (unless they run out of room, then i suppose we'll get another one for em ;)).
they were all planted by the hill and trellis methods, also found at that cool website i linked above ^ ! man, so much good info there... :thumbup:
we traced out one circle for each of the 3 types of squashes near the bases of the trellises. seeds were then planted every 3” around the perimeters of these circles. also, 2 inches beneath the soil surface of each circle, there's a ½” thick layer of straight compost.
– LEFT: zucchini trellis; RIGHT: cucumber trellis. haha the cucumber one kinda looks like an old-school boombox..... sweet!
there are also 2 more blocks sectioned off between the two trellises, where the sweet and hot pepper seedlings will be transplanted... and the rows below them are for carrots!
short, vertical furrows were drawn in the soil in the region just in front of the cucumbers and zucchini. each row is about 4” apart from the next, and ¼” deep. thin layer of compost was placed at bottom of each furrow, then carrot seeds were dropped in – 3 or 4 seeds per inch. then, another thin layer of compost was added, and lastly, the surrounding soil was pushed back over the furrow and gently pressed with fingertips.
----------coming soon to a vegetable grow log near you:
the sprouted red potatoes get chunked up and buried. :headbang:
the tomatoes and peppers begin their lives indoors. :headbang:
the skinny soil patch gets inseminated with herb seeds. :headbang:
Edited by mydarling, 30 March 2010 - 03:41 PM.