Thursday, May 26, 2011

My very first vegetable garden

A few weeks ago we decided to plant a vegetable garden - we spent a while deciding where would be the best place for it, and then moved the roses that were growing there to make space. xxx and I made one of our many pilgrimages to Home Depot for supplies, and not too much longer, we had created this:

Two lovely beds shaped to fit along the path. The white hoops are 1/2" (I know aren't inches so old, one drawback of living in this country...) pvc pipes, bent over and fed into short lengths of 1" pipe, screwed onto the inside of the frame. The idea is to cover in bird netting. Hopefully bird netting will also become gopher, skunk and raccoon netting when there is something worth eating. As yet, its not needed.

After a dosing of hardware cloth on the bottom (gopher and mole protection), various types of soil, manure and grass clippings we got to the most exciting part of the whole process (well almost the most exciting) - planting!

And planted we have:
  • PEAS! 2 whole rows of peas. Peas are my favorite (hence why my garden posts are titled with peas)*
  • Yellow corn (x6)
  • White corn (x6)
  • Green globe artichoke
  • Icebox watermelon
  • Sweet million tomato
  • Sugar tomato
  • Heirloom: Martin's Roma tomato
  • Yellow plum tomato
  • Bush beans
  • Kentucky wonder pole beans
  • Radishes
  • Carrots (Long Imperator #58)
  • Oak leaf mixed lettuce (x6)
  • Sweet bowl mixed lettuce (x6)
  • Orange bell pepper
  • Sweet banana pepper (x4)
  • Yellow zucchini
  • Japanese cucumber
  • Big Bertha bell pepper
  • Red bell sweet pepper
  • Black beauty zucchini
  • Green zucchini
  • Scallopini squash
  • Butternut squash (x5)
When you write it all in a list like that, it seems like quite a lot. I'm a little disconcerted now as there are only 2 of us. And seemingly quite a large number of vegetables!

* I was a little disappointed that the only pea seeds I could find were Disney themed children's pea seeds. I have nothing against children's pea seeds, but Disney ones? Really? Do they dance and sing? I'm also going against all advice I received from the garden center - perhaps the reason the only peas I could find were Disney seeds is because its the wrong time of year to grow peas hot or something....hmmmm. We shall see.

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