Got Them In The Ground!
Here it is…the end of April. It’s been a little over two weeks since I put most of my veggies in the backyard garden. This year, I used the inside perimeter of the garden fence to support my tomatoes and, I added two trellises for my cucumbers and green beans to climb on.
At this point, I am still using a sprinkler to water the garden. It’s a big waste of water but, I want the plants to grow a bit more before laying down all the soaker hoses and adding mulch. This year, I plan on mulching with newspapers, leaves, and wood chips. In the meantime, I will get out either my electric or gas tiller, or my hula hoe or push-pull hoe to attack the relentless onslaught of weeds!
I was so busy germinating, transplanting, and hardening off my vegetables and flowers that I didn’t have a chance to start my herbs from seed. So, I bought some healthy herb plants at the local garden store.
Garden space was also set aside for a few marigolds, nasturtiums, and petunias. These flowers are beautiful and, they are very adept at shooing away nasty creepy-crawlies and providing a welcoming atmosphere for the good insects.
I used plastic buckets for the herbs. After drilling holes in the bottoms, I layered in some rocks and sand…and topped it off with a 50/50 mixture of garden dirt and potting mix with a few tablespoons of 10-10-10 fertilizer. I’m sure the herbs will appreciate their new comfortable bucket homes.
Now…you may ask…what is my reason for putting the herbs in buckets? My answer…they may flower, re-seed, and re-grow…year after year. In the winter, I bring them indoors for protection and, in the spring, they go back into the garden. I can also move them out of the way during the growing season whenever I need to till an area of the garden.
The Vegetables Are In Good health
In a few weeks, when the corn is bigger, I will combine them with green beans and squash so I can utilize The Three Sisters technique.
Still a lot of work to do…
The next garden update will be coming soon!
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The philosopher who said work well done never needs doing over…NEVER weeded a garden.
Ray D. Everson, journalist, writer, and educator
Jim, the Lifelong Gardener