Week 1 - 5/6/12
Mother Nature's hustling in an early summer, her south breeze airdropping 80-degree May days. Time to twist the spade and convert black soil into heirloom tomatoes, cilantro and sweet peppers.
There's a decent chance a garden thread will put you to sleep, so I'll update this post as the garden grows rather than pushing out new pepper posts. If you have a green thumb, check back every week or two to see if I'm able to chase off the greedy bunnies this growing season.
Critter deterrent question: Human hair keeps rabbits away or is it fox pee? Or human pee fends off deer? At any rate, the neighbors may see me spreading human hair and fox/human/monkey urine in the vicinity to keep my precious lettuce from getting destroyed.
Shopped the garden center this weekend, here's the damage:
- Bradley Heirloom
- Bonnie Grape
- Better Boy Hybrid
- Red Bell
- Sweet Banana
- Buttercrunch Bibb Lettuce
- Moroccan Arugula
For the Kid
- African Marigolds
- Sunflower Seeds
I might also snag a jalapeño plant and green bean seeds if we have room.
Rather than plowing the entire garden, I'll experiment with no-till this season: dig a hole or row and loosen the soil only in the areas to be planted. There's a 3" decaying layer of leaf/grass combo covering the plot, leftover from last autumn's mulching. I'll leave that be and let it continue decomposing, hoping it helps choke the coming weeds.
I had time to prep the garden this weekend, but a rainy doubleheader stopped me from plunging plants into earth.
Here's our spot in the back corner of the yard, it needs a little TLC.
A hoe, steel rake and spade are my shanks of choice, I don't use any power tools.
Turned the top 2" of mulch and raked it evenly to help break it down and decompose. We'll see how it goes this year with minimal cultivating of the soil and keeping the shredded leaves intact to strangle the weeds.
If the rain holds, we'll plant in a couple days.
Week 1 - 5/9
The rain abated, so we got busy getting dirty the last two evenings. Pigtails carefully troweled Marigolds and Calibrachoas into tubby terracotta crocks. She did a fetching job jazzing the front stoop.
Sissy flowers put to bed, I headed out back to sink vegetables into soil. The loam was damp and wormy, such potential lurks in the muck!
Playing in a garden is more than just a relaxing way to reap fresh produce. I tell Pigtails it demonstrates God working in action. He provides the nutrients, water and sun needed to fabricate bushels of vegetables from dirt and tiny seeds.
Of course, God also built the pesky wabbits that mess with my greens, so there's that.
Next up: Soak the soil and jot down in a notebook the number of days to maturity for each type of plant.
Week 2 - 5/19
Mapped out the vegetables and jotted approximate harvest dates. The maps helps track where I planted so I can better distinguish evil weeds to be plucked vs. good plants. The schedule reminds us when reaping's ready.