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Vegetables and more vegetables…

20 May

To say I’m exhausted right now would be the understatement of, well I don’t know…let’s just say I’m bushed.  Ha ha ha.  Intentional pun there for those of you who are just as tired as me and may have missed it.

I went out this morning and picked up my good friend Monique to do a little plant shopping.  What a great way to begin my Sunday.  I wanted to return a raspberry I had purchased yesterday and pick up a few things that I needed for my front vegetable garden.  Monique also gave me cuttings from her gorgeous yard (a few more strawberries to put in my crate and some fern for my front yard).

Along the fence we have Ace Tomatoes and Corn and then Zucchini Squash next to the rose bush.  I planted 6 different kinds of peppers… Better Belles, Golden California Wonder, California Wonder, Sweet Banana, Jalapeno and Red Bell.  There’s a Straight-neck Squash and finally a Lemon Cucumber to round things out.  Again, I planted Marigolds.  Aren’t they cute?

Front Vegetable Garden, May 2012

I tried to model this year’s garden a little after last year’s.  Re-plant those that worked well and didn’t take up too much of my time, and say farewell to those that just didn’t work out.  Even thought I didn’t have much luck with my corn last year, Greg really wanted it so of course I’m going to give it another go.  Wish me luck.  Most of the peppers are new so I’m excited to see what happens with those and especially looking forward to the Lemon Cucumber.  My seedlings didn’t make it so when I saw the plant this morning I had to plunk down the $1.48.

This garden is on the side-yard along the driveway, so I don’t have to worry about the dog trampling the plants or the cat laying down sunning himself.  The new garden is in the backyard and I’m going to have to watch it a bit closer.  Our yard is full of squirrels and birds and I’m curious to see how much time they’ll spend in there.  I keep having to shoo the dog out of there, but I know she’s really curious because it’s all so new.  When the cat goes out he either finds a sunny spot to plop down or he naps under the arch of Blooming Night Jasmine, so I don’t think he’ll be a problem.

Front Vegetable Garden

You might be wondering if I just have vegetables and no fruit.  Well, when I first purchased the house almost 23 years ago, there was a small lemon tree in the back yard.  Growing right in the grass area.  Not the ideal spot for any kind of tree, it was really in the way.  Anyway, after a few years I yanked it out.  Since then, we’ve planted 2 apple trees and 2 pluots along the back fence.  In addition, we also have one very, very large, very, very old Avocado tree that is probably as old as the house (circa 1920).

Here’s a close-up of one of my Angels.  He watches over my garden but is a bit camera shy…

Shy Angel

Time to rest now.  Maybe I’ll just sit back and watch the fruits (or vegetables in this case) of my labor bloom.  May your day bloom as well.

How does your Vegetable Garden Grow?

20 May

Today I finally got some much needed work done in my garden.  I worked on a specific area of my back yard that I’ve been trying to transform into a vegetable garden.  For the first time I thought I’d try and grow vegetables from seed.  For the most part, I just don’t have the patience for seeds.  I end up pulling up whatever’s growing because I’m convinced it’s a weed, when it fact it was the little plant just trying to do his thing.  I prefer to buy my plants once they’ve been established a little and I already know what it’s going to look like.  No surprises.  No sudden deaths.  No blood on my hands.  Well, some deaths, I don’t have that much of a green thumb, but I’m getting better.

Anyway, I bit the bullet this year and I started with about 21 different vegetable/herb varieties and grew them in a makeshift greenhouse.  I just used a plastic tote, lined the bottom with clothespins to keep the seedlings from sitting in standing water, and then filled in with rocks to make it all nice and snug.  I made little cups from torn strips of newspaper and filled them with potting mix and then dropped the seeds in.  My hubby wrote out the names of the seed on a label and I stuck them on plastic toothpicks.  Easy peasy.  Once I was done, I used a water bottle to spray all the plants, put the lid on and put them in my laundry room.  Each day I check on them and watered when necessary.

Cauliflower March 19, 2012

Seedlings March 19, 2012

Seedlings March 25, 2012

They were doing really well and I thought I might just have the hang of this.  Before long they had outgrown the greenhouse and it was time to transplant them into pots.  All the while I was preparing my garden for the final transplant.  I’ve been working on this patch of my yard that we used to call the wheelbarrow garden.  I have another vegetable garden in a different area of my yard but I really wanted to utilize this space and grow some different things.  It was a LOT of work.  Removing the furniture was the easy part.  Removing the Black-eyed Susan that had taken over the entire section of the fence was pretty tough.  Once the area was clear, I was faced with preparing the ground.  It was covered in pavers and rocks that I had lovingly placed about 8 or 9 years ago.  For the past 2 months or so I’ve been painstakingly trying to get as many of the rocks out as I can, but I finally gave up and just decided I needed to just move forward.  Rocks are my friend.  Hopefully they’ll be my veggies’ friend too.

While I had the back-breaking job of removing rocks and transferring them to another planter, my hubby had the back-breaking job of trenching and irrigating the planter for me.

Trenching and Irrigating

Today I finally got the plants in the ground – those that survived anyway.  I wasn’t left with much from my early successful seedlings.  I purchased a few things from Wal-Mart and still have more to get for my other planter.  More about that planter in another post.

I found this great fishing crate at the Rose Bowl flea market on Mother’s Day.  My original plan was to use it to grow lettuce, and I specifically wanted the crate right where I put it.  However, my great friend Monique came by today and convinced me it would be a better home for my strawberries because of the amount of sun it would get each day.  Thankfully, I also bought a really cool smaller crate that would do well for the lettuce.  More about that planter later too.

Independent Fish Co., San Pedro, Ca.

Greg added a plywood bottom as a protective layer from the soil and I lined it with thick roofing paper and then weed barrier before filling it with soil and compost and then finally my strawberry plant.

Wheelbarrow Garden, April 2006

This is what the garden looked like about 6 years ago…needless to say the Black-eyed Susan had taken over the fence and everything else in its path.

Vegetable Garden, May 2012

 

I still have quite a bit to do but I’m happy with what we accomplished today.  Greg was digging holes and shoveling compost while I did the easy job; deciding what would go where and then placing them in the ground.  4 kinds of beans along the back fence, 2 kinds of peas along the right (not shown), 2 kinds of eggplant, cauliflower and strawberries in the crate.  I lined the edges of the garden with Marigolds not only because they’re friends to a vegetable garden (aphids don’t like them – which suits me fine because I don’t like aphids), but also because they’re so bright and cheerful.  While I type this, my back is aching and I’m tired, but it’s all good because we got so much done today.  Stuff I’ve been trying to do for over a month.  It was like the little engine that could.  I knew we’d get there eventually, but the pace was killing me.  I couldn’t have done it without the help of my Man and my friend, Monique.  And as a thank you, here’s where I plug both their blogs… http://mortondesignworks.com/ and http://littleyellowhouseblog.wordpress.com/

Thanks for indulging me today.  My day was all I hoped it would be – I hope your day was as well.  Happy planting.

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