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My New Garden

April 17, 2010

Robert built a huge raised garden box for me.  It is 4′ x 10′ and over a foot deep.  He filled it with a mix of sand, soil, and manure.  It took two truck loads of dirt to fill it up!  Last weekend I planted four tomato plants, and two green pepper plants on one side and seed rows of lettuce, cilantro, green beans and, jalapeno peppers on the other side.  Meanwhile, in the house we had already started the seeds of squash, basil, watermelon, marigolds and more jalapeno.  The squash sprouts went into the big bed about mid-week, the basil will be planted in a container on the porch and the watermelon will be scattered around the yard because they take up too much room to go in the bed.  I also planted seeds of Morning Glories in a container near the front porch on the same day that the squash sprouts went into the ground.  Every morning and every evening I go out and check on the progress. 

This morning is exactly 7 days from when the bulk of the planting got done.  The four tomato plants and two green pepper plants that I purchased look strong and happy.  I think I can see the first sprouts of lettuce starting to come up.  The squash babies that started from seeds in the house and were planted in the bed look really strong and already have a new set of leaves.  The Morning Glories are sprouting!

Previously, when I started the seeds inside for the watermelon, squash… I also had done tomato plants from seeds.  I had about 20 1.5 to 2″ tomato seedings and Two Toes, the cat, ate all but three of them.  I was so angry.  Of the three he left me with one is in a container on the porch near the basil and the other two will go to Cindy and Mom.  Cindy and mom are also each getting some squash babies and watermelon babies.  I had so many seedlings I was also able to give some to my friend Jennifer and my friend Darren.

I really wish I had taken Robert’s advice and started a journal from day one to track all this.  I’ll try to just start from here.   Well, I better get out there…I have watermelon seedings to plant!

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2 comments

  1. Good Job.
    Our experience with planting fruits and vegitables is that much of it is enjoyed by the local fauna. What they did leave us, however, taste much better than what we could buy in the supermarket. We have farmers markets but some of that is the same as supermarket produce. Keep us abreast of the results through the season.


  2. Please document the entire thing, visually. Pictures please.



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