Sunday, March 23, 2014
My Gardeny Beginnings for Spring/Summer 2014
So, this year I have simplified. I moved all the dirt into the one raised bed my hose could reach and trashed the others. Don't worry, the raised beds were made from pieces of my old fence that were destined for the trash to begin with, so I only lost some time and a few screws. They didn't even make it to the dump anyway, because a nice couple saw them and loaded the lot of em into the back of their pickup. That made me happy.
So, that being said, what I'm working with this season is a galvanized bucket of about 20gal size from Lowes. We drilled holes for drainage into the bottom and I have it filled with the "Mel's Mix" aka "Square Foot Garden" mix of 1 part peat moss, 1 part vermiculite, and 1 part compost (though I think the compost is a bit higher in ratio in my gardens.) In the bucket I have a very sturdy, indeterminate variety of cherry tomato I bought from Rockledge Gardens. It's called "Cherry Red" and I expect good yields of 1" clustered fruit. The tiny seedling nearest the tomato is a Marigold. They're good for controlling problem bugs and a pretty to boot. They also grow with a vengeance in my climate. The other 5 leafiers seadlings are Top Bunch Collards. I like fresh greens in smoothies and to give some crunch to the many tortilla/burrito sandwhichy things we eat in my house. We pretty much use tortillas instead of bread. And I think everything should have lettuce in it. The open spot opposite my tomato is reserved for my very most favorite variety of tomato: the Super Sweet 100. It's prolific, delicious, hardy and will produce straight through the heat of summer. For some reason I have fooled with other varieties over the last two years or so and have missed my SS100 every season. So I'm sticking with what I like this year. I have 3 baby Super Sweets growing out in a little wood box till I get one the size I want to plant.
I fixed my tumbling composter! It used to be twice as tall and very unsteady. It broke during a rainstorm when the wood got wet and splintered. I researched more steady designs, and found this style of base for the compost bin with a shorter design and more stabilizing wood. It took me about two afternoons to complete but it was well worth it. The boys love sticking things in there and giving it a spin.
And now a little beauty to leave you with. Hundreds of these dainty lavender colored wildflowers grow all over my yard. My google searches have come up with nill for this plants name. But I like seeing them every year.