Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring Garden 2011

Alright folks.  We got a mighty late start to the garden.  My grandmother went into the hospital about a month ago and then needed to have someone with her for assistance after she came home.  Consequently, I was in Houston for around 3 weeks and the gardening just didn't happen.

The planting will start in full force this weekend but I was able to get a little bit done.  This may be the year that we bit off more than we can chew but we'll see how we manage.

So far we have planted:

Veggies
Cucumbers
Zucchini
Mouse Melon
Scarlet Runner Beans

Herbs and Beneficials
Borage
Chamomile
Climbing Nasturtiums
Calendula
Dill
Marigold
Chive
Thyme
Basil
Valerian
Cilantro
Chives
Fennel
Spearmint

Borage
(had no idea it was so pretty)

Mouse Melon
Probably the thing I'm most excited about growing this year.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.  We've also got plans for tomatoes, potatoes, corn, squash, Malabar spinach, amaranth, patty pan squash, lots of bell peppers and tame jalapeños, sunflowers, horseradish, swiss chard, and oodles of herbs and beneficials.

While we were preparing the bed and planting, we were amazed to see what's happened to the soil.  3 years ago, it was hard, sticky, black clay.  I literally could not dig a shovel into the ground and pull it up.  It was too heavy and sticky.  We had about 3 yards of topsoil brought in but this only amounted to an inch or so in each of the beds.  But we've been actively composting our kitchen scraps and yard waste and spreading out compost and mulch that our city provides for free.  Now, we have nearly 6 inches of honest-to-goodness loamy SOIL in our beds!  Just in 3 years.  I feel like we've really accomplished something by improving our soil this much.

We've got about half the back yard dedicated to food production.  We only live on 1/10th of an acre so it's not too terribly much,  I'm really excited about what the summer will bring.  Hopefully it won't run us under!

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