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Garden Attempts by Novices - Take 14

May 25, 2007 - 3:18 PM

It is finished!!

We planted all the rest of our seeds and seedlings today!!  Yeah!!!!!  What a relief!  What a job!  What a good feeling!!  This is SO exciting!  I can't believe that in the next few months we will be harvesting all these great veggies!  What fun!

Today we finished our garden by planting 4 kinds of peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, zucchini, cilantro, bush beans, edamame, carrots, celery, and various spices.  Yesterday we had gotten a nice rain so this morning when we showed up our garden was looking fine and ready to go!  (Though one fellow seasoned gardener said that we did not get as much rain we needed to merit not watering for a day.  Good thing we watered then!)

Random things of note: 

  1. We had bought some extra top soil and peat moss for the beds that we had not weeded yet.  I primarily did the weeding and the kids added the peat moss and extra soil.  We went the extra soil route because we needed to plant our beans 2" deep and I did not know if our dry soil would let us get down 2". 

  2. We also got some wood chips for Jeremiah's flower bed.  It was seriously covered in weeds that I didn't know if we could successfully pull them all.  So, we will try to cover up the weeds/sin and see how well that works. 

  3. Seeds for kids?  From all the seeds we planted, here are the easiest by order: onions, edamame, green beans, peas, zucchini, sweet pea flowers, sunflowers.  They were easy for the kids to handle and see what the were doing.  (We do have extra onions, zucchini and green bean seeds if anyone wants any.)  Jeremiah was even able to do it very well.  They love making the furrow and closing it up too.

    Jeremiah and the edamame

  4. No wheel barrow yet, but this is what I have been doing (besides driving the RAV out there to deliver the big bags of stuff):

    Faux Wagon

  5. Also, I did bring buckets but they still weren't huge.  The boys though, made great use of them:

    Water boys

  6. Kids garden!  Like I said, Jeremiah has his flower bed, then we added a tomato plant for people to steal from and 3 kinds of pepper plants for people to steal from.  Miriam has her broccoli plant growing there too.  Ezekiel then planted his carrots and celery and some spices.  (The three little cilantros are mine though, :)!  They love knowing that this is just for them.

    Kids Garden

  7. Um... sunscreen? The genius that I am, I wanted to try and get rid of some of my farmer's tan so today I wore a sunbathing type shirt and now have one fried back.  Yikes!  Genius!

The thing I have noticed now is that I am suspicious of anyone just "looking" at the gardens.  I am now quick to chat with them, see if they have a plot, and if they don't, I make sure to mention the time, effort, hard work, money we and the other gardeners have put into this place.  Just for good measure.  Again, here's praying that we can reap just a little of the harvest for us even if we do feed the neighborhood as well, so be it.

Response to Garden Attempts by Novices - Take 14

  • Amanda said on May 29, 2007 - 9:22 AM

    Dana! That looks amazing! Oh! And your green onions/scallions were delicious. Perfect for my salsa. :)

  • Dana said on May 29, 2007 - 9:24 AM

    I am so glad!! We had our first salad from there Friday night and it was SO amazingly fresh! Wow! This is was so much fun! Even if everything else gets stolen the last week was definitely worth it! (But here's still praying it doesn't all get stolen.)

  • Leslie said on May 29, 2007 - 9:29 AM

    Your garden looks amazing!! :) I had to thin out some of my Kholorabi and it had lettuce growing in it and got to have some of my first lettuce too, I couldn't believe how good it was!!! It was soo fresh!!I can't wait to see all the other great stuff you get out of your garden :)

  • Dana said on May 29, 2007 - 10:05 AM

    I can't wait to see what you get out of your garden Leslie! I am so glad we are lot neighbors! Thank you so much for coming up with this great idea!

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