Garden Update

I’m about 2.5 weeks into this gardening thing and I thought I’d give an update.  So far, so good!  I feel really good about the progress and I’m proud to say I’ve gone against my general laziness and watered them every day rain or shine because it’s been so hot.

For a refresher here’s what’s where (the three original beds are the three on top here, from left to right):

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Here are the progress pics of the three original beds.

June 8, 2015

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June 25, 2015

20150624_185929Thoughts: The tomatoes and cucumbers are doing really well!!  I’ve started clearing space between/around the beds of grass because I know I will have to let the cucumbers lay outside of the beds at some point because they’re going to outgrow the beds.

One edamame plant looks great and the other withered and died…on the surface, but I’m pretty sure there’s something sprouting from the roots.  With regard to the carrots…I’m not sure.  I’m having a hard time figuring out what’s carrots and what’s a weed.  That’s what happens when you’re growing from a seed.  Just in case I accidentally pulled the wrong thing, I may throw a couple more seeds in there, but with toothpicks this time to mark where exactly they are.

 

June 8, 2015

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Thoughts: The peppers and cucumbers are doing great here, too.  Except…something is eating my pepper leaves. :( They’re all chewed up.  I think I’m going to try this: Bacillus thuringiensis.

Just like with the carrots in the first bed, I think lettuce seedlings are even harder to distinguish between seedling and weed.  I’m just not going to pull anything unless it’s not remotely close to where I planted and hope for the best.

June 8, 2015

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June 25, 2015

20150624_18582920150624_185904Thoughts: Watermelon plant is growing and tomatoes are appearing!  Seedling story is the same as above.


 

I did end up adding two more beds.

Watermelon

20150624_185805Zucchini

The zucchini sprouted up literally overnight and with relatively big sprouts.  I wish the carrots and lettuce would move that quick so it was easier to tell what’s what.

20150624_185751My blueberries are done for the season.  All 10 of them LOL

But, I’m trying to tame my blackberries a little so they’re easier to get to.

20150624_190152    20150624_190002 Nolan ate all of these and asked for more.  I tried to explain why that wasn’t possible, but he didn’t seem accepting of my answer. LOL

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A Purpose

So that title sounds dramatic considering the content of this post.

I decided to start a vegetable garden.

I have been feeling a bit like I don’t have a purpose, lately.  I go to work, I take care of Nolan, I spend time with my husband, I occasionally clean parts of my house (very occasionally, and only parts).  But, I haven’t really had something all mine to get excited about.

And then one day (Monday to be exact) I fell into some homesteading blogs.  Now, while Josh may want to, I don’t see us picking up and moving to the mountains of WV (we do own land there) any time soon.  BUT, we do have plenty of room for a vegetable garden.

I ordered three raised 48″ x 48″ beds at Home Depot for pick up at the store Monday evening.  After dinner Josh, Nolan and I went to pick them up and get some other supplies, including the vegetables.

I did some Googling and figured out what could be planted this late in the season and decided on:

  • corn
  • zucchini
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • beans
  • carrots
  • bell peppers
  • watermelon
  • cucumber

At the store they had plants for tomatoes, edamame, peppers, cucumbers, and watermelon. For the corn, zucchini, lettuce and carrots I bought seeds.

When we got home we put together the beds (crazy easy) and Josh used the tractor to dump some composted leaves/dirt in the beds.  Awesome! I thought we were going to have to buy dirt.

I spent an hour or so removing rocks, roots, sticks, etc. from the dirt before going to bed.

The next day I started planning out the beds.  I tried to do it in my head/paper at first and then turned to SmartGardener.com.  Their website will recommend plants and spacing based on where you live and how much space you have.  Awesome!

This is what we have:

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If you’ll recall, I only bought three beds.  As it turns out we need two more for proper spacing of the vegetables.  So, as of right now, and maybe for good, we only have the top three beds.

You’ll also notice no corn.  As it turns out, to grow corn you need at least 4 rows, spaced 2-3′ apart.  Not enough room in the beds for that.  What I may end up doing with the corn and extra watermelon is just planting some down the hill outside the fence and see what happens.  Or…I may buy two more beds for the watermelon and zucchini and just grow the corn down the hill.

Who knows?  Either, way, I’m super stoked to about it.  It was pretty darn easy with those raised beds, and now it’s mostly a matter of watering them and seeing what happens. Then start Googling when necessary.

I’m guessing the rabbits are going to be an issue at some point. Maybe the moles, too. Yes, our house is a zoo.

I basically have no idea what I’m doing, but am still hoping for the best.

So, here’s what we’re starting with…

Bed #3
Tomatoes in the back, carrots and lettuce (seeds so you can’t see them) and then one lone watermelon up front.
Bed #2
In the back are green and red bell peppers, then lettuce and two cucumber plants up front.
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In the last one are tomatoes in the back, then edamame are those long limbed ones, then carrot seeds next to them and in front are cucumbers.

Maybe my favorite part about putting in the vegetable garden was discovering a huge blackberry bush growing behind the garage.  I am beyond excited!!!  I can’t wait until they’re ready.  I’m going to save so much $$. :)

20150610_200022Oh, and…6 years ago, soon after we moved in, I planted a blueberry bush in the front yard. This is the first year where there are blueberries on it!!  Give it another 5 years and we’ll be giving them away by the basketful.

20150611_200312 20150611_200337While we’re not exactly homesteading, we are definitely making an effort to live off the land a little.  And there are pretty concrete plans to add a chicken coop soon.

The best part, I’m feeling a bit…purposeful…about it.