Wednesday, May 8, 2013

RAISED BEDS LET THE GARDENING BEGIN


Now that the garden is FENCED IN, it's time to get the plants in the dirt.

Well, OK, half of them are planted.  We've got six raised beds in total for this first growing season...four 4'x4' squares and two 4'x8' rectangles.  I'm not going the square foot gardening route entirely, but I'm using it as a guideline, as a few of you so kindly suggested.  In other words, I'm not sticking to it religiously but instead using it to keep myself organized in the garden and still hopefully get a bit more stuff out of the smaller space.  This is, after all, my first attempt at large scale gardening.

So here is what I got planted last weekend
(many of these growing in town until they could get taken out there):

4x4 Raised Bed Square Foot Garden
In the first 4x4 square, I planted two Asian eggplants.  We've had great luck with the Ichiban we had in town, so we are hoping for some more this year.  Also put a Big Bertha bell pepper in the middle.  We'll probably leave them on the plant to turn red so we can roast them.  I used two of the squares to plant the leeks, ten of them in total; six in one square and four in the other, just to see how they do.  In another square I planted some carrot seeds.  Next, I planted six white icicle radishes that I found at the feed store (it's an heirloom variety) and next week, I'll be planting beet seeds.  For those, I'm going to use the seeds that sweet Melissa from Sky Minded & Ever Growing sent to me earlier in the year.  She sent some other seeds to me as well, but I'm saving those for the late Summer crop.  

4x8 Raised Bed Square Foot Garden
In one of the larger raised beds, I planted tomatoes and peppers and a surprise.  We have six tomatoes, all heirlooms.  Golden Jubilee (yellow), Cherokee Purple, two Homestead 24's, Marglobe, and Moby Grape.  I read that tomatoes can take up more than 1 square foot so I spaced them out sqaure foot style and gave them each 4 square feet each.  That left a spot in the middle and two spaces on the ends of two square feet each.  I put a Poblano pepper on one of those ends, and a TAM Jalapeño pepper on the other.  In the middle, I put a Tomatillo plant.  I started growing it in town and it already has two tomatillo husks puffed up. I've got to work on my trellis next in case they get out of control in a month or two.

I was hoping to get Melissa's "Yellow Taxi" seeds sprouted in time for them to be our yellow tomato, but I ran out of sprouting time with all the other stuff I was doing earlier earlier in the year.  I will however, do that for the Fall garden since we are lucky here to have a 2nd growing season in the Fall. 

4x4 Raised Bed Square Foot Herb Garden
And lastly, I got the Herb bed finished.  I planted them, as best I could, from highest growing in back to lowest in front (this picture is taken from the side).  Many herbs can be tall but if you keep harvesting them, you can keep them shorter, so I tried to take that into account as well.  There are sixteen herbs total, just planting one per square foot.  Again, some can be planted with more than one to a square, but I decided to just use the square foot plan as my organizing method to plant and keep them separated.

We've told 2nd Family that they are welcome to help themselves to fresh herbs any time they need them since we aren't there for a few days at a time.  They do, after all, supply us with fresh eggs most of the year, fresh herbs are the least we can do.

So there you have it, half of our total veggie square footage is spoken for.  We have a total of 128 square feet, and this is using 64 square feet.  I'm planning the other three beds this week.  It will involve squashes, beans, okra and other things. Of course, I want to grow it all, but I'll keep it manageable for this first time around and see what happens.

Fingers crossed!
Now let's get growing!

19 comments:

  1. it all looks so nice and well organized. i wish you much growing luck!

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    1. Thank you, I'm going to need it!

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  2. Good luck with your very first country garden. Ready, set, GROW!

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    1. Thank you Granny, and thank you Cloud. You both are special to me, I appreciate the well wishes. Stay tuned!

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  3. This looks so interesting and I wish you well with this new garden. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you. I'm a newbie for something like this but we all have to start somewhere, ha.

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  4. Looking good my friend, now are you ready to do some canning at harvest time?

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    1. Oh, I am SO hoping for canning. I'll have to learn that as I go along too. Fingers crossed for that.

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    1. THANK YOU, I appreciate that. :-)

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  6. Looks great!! You may get swallowtail butterfly caterpillars in your parsley, fennel, and dill. Also, dill goes to seed quickly so you may need to reseed every few weeks. Let me grab my crystal ball... Hmm... I see lots of tasty meals with all that fab produce! :o)

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    1. LOL, that made me laugh. I hope! From your crystal ball to the garden's ears! ha. I'd be ok with swallowtail butterfly caterpillars.

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  7. Very nice beds! Love how they match your fence. One day I'll have neat garden too. One day. In the meantime I'll jut keep stalking your blog!

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    1. You know, I never thought about that. They do! Ha. Did you see more photos of the fence? I posted those yesterday. Thanks for the sweet words!!

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  8. Very nice! Now I understand it when you say the cows are commenting on your work. They really are close! Can't wait to hear what they say next. :-)

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    1. They are there watching me all the time. They come from the far side of the property to see what is going on. They'll have lots to say I'm sure. :-)

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  9. Don't forget to plant some marigolds around to keep off unwanted pests.

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    1. Oh yes, thank you for that reminder. I did that one season at a small garden square in town and it worked great.

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