Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Garden Progress

After two days of a lot of work in the garden, I feel like we are finally making some progress!  This is what I started out with in March:

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Then the weeds took over faster than I could keep up and those cold lonely beds filled up with lots green…but it wasn’t veggies, it was weeds and grass from using hay last year! I couldn’t bring myself to take a picture of that, but here is some progress. Five of the 8 raised beds are planted and the one in the front of the picture with the manure mixture partially covering it will be planted in okra tomorrow!

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The raised beds are semi-lasagna beds…they’ve been topped with lasagna layers (mulched leaves, mulched spoiled hay and a manure soil mixture) for the last two springs. I use newspaper and mulched hay for mulch to hold on moisture and keep out those awful weeds!

This is my squash bed. See the bigger plant? It is a volunteer (came up by itself) from last year! I left a few of those and they are doing better than the seedlings that I planted! I even have one in another bed getting ready to bloom!

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Next are the tomatoes:

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And the cucumbers complete with a fence to grow up leftover from last year!

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Blue Lake Bush Beans here:

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and finally some cabbage.

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Remember this? All that pretty greenery is actually WEEDS!

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Now it looks like this:

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Ready to be filled with herbs and bird/butterfly attracting plants! The large clay pot is going to be another “tipsy  pot planter”.

This is my first completely "lasagna style” bed. This is only a third of the bed, I wanted to get a close up of these sweet sweet potatoes!105_1479

I know that it’s hard to tell much from these pictures, I just can’t figure out how to get a good angle to show things right on the ground! :-( The mess below is the beginning of several new lasagna beds. You can see the cardboard in the back. I lay that down first and I have stared using pulled weeds and grass as my first layer. I let them dry out and dry on the cardboard. Then I put my first 3 inches of top soil on. That’s as far as I’ve gotten on these. They will get a layer of shredded leaves and a layer of shredded hay and a layer of the manure mixture. I will start over with the layers if it’s not deep enough.

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I almost forgot the taters! This is one of three beds. Some red, some white! I need to get busy mounding them up!

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I’m off to bed so that I can get up early and get back at it!

Don’t forget about the giveaways, this at the thriftyba:

and if it’s not over, free paint at Glidden:

‘Night,



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9 comments :

  1. Just found your blog and have enjoyed scrolling thru it!
    oxoxox
    Denalee

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  2. Wow! Your beds are looking fabulous!! I finally felt comfortable enough that the nights were no longer going to freeze and I planted a few plants. Tomatoes go into the tupsy turvy planters this weekend. woohoo!!
    Thanks for sharing your garden...it is terrific.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  3. WOW! You have been one busy camper girl! Love what you have done here. All that hard work is going to pay off. Have a blessed day. Cindy

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  4. About your volunteer Squash plant. I always get excited when something comes up volunteer! I dont know why, but I feel like I'm getting something for free. Everything looks great.

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  5. Your beds look awesome! I'm so excited for you. Your plants look extremely healthy too. :-)

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  6. Your garden is looking fantastic. My is so sad compare to that. I am hoping for some sunshine finally so things get the chance to grow.

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  7. It looks wonderful! I've never tried beans and forgot to start cucumbers. My potatoes are actually in a (gasp) trash can! My semi-lasagna-bedded squash (zucchini and pumpkins) are doing so well. Your advice turned a stressful situation into a fun situation. As soon as the rain is done, I'm sure my plants will need rescuing from the weeds, but for now, I'm just glad to see them all thriving.

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  8. Well you're gonna have to share some "real" sweet taters with your grandson. You know COlt and his sweet taters !!! :o)

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  9. Sharon, Thanks for linking with The Thrifty BA for the give away to the daisy! I appreciate it. For being a newbie at blogging I am so impressed with how great your site looks! I do not have a blog site yet so was unable to contact you via your email. But I would love to talk to you about a "Thank you" if you can contact me via my email.
    Barb Stock
    Heartstrokes

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