Wednesday, March 28, 2012

An Update on the New Expanded Garden

All my babies are up! The garden is starting to fill in and not look like a big brown patch. Let me take you on a tour...

Garden #5 - one of the new ones. Bursting with 7 wonders lettuce, parsley, purple sage, holy basil,
ball carrots, lovage (like celery) fern leaf lavender, purple hull beans, bell pepper, haricot vert green beans,
squash & cucumber, Black Prince (heirloom) tomato, jalapeno 

Garden #4 German & French Thyme, ball carrots, french lavender, lemon basil, chamomile, parsley, sweet basil , haricot vert, verigated basil,  bell pepper, Brandywine tomato (heirloom) tomato, cantelope (heirloom) & eggplant
Purple sage

7 wonders lettuce

we still have cabbage from our fall garden

trying out strawberries this year

Garden # 7 - little carrots, quinult and berries galore strawberries, ball carrots, basil, romaine, banana pepper, bell pepper, haricot vert, sweet million cherry tomatoes, cucumber, cantelope & squash

Garden #6 - Stevia, Italian Oregano, cilantro, sweet basil, quinalt strawberry, romaine, brocolli (blue), jalapeno, cayenne pepper, dwarf sage, cantelope (heirloom), cucumber, purple hull (heirloom), Box Car Willie (heirloom) tomato

Garden # 8, Romaine, little carrots, italian oregano, sweet basil, leeks, regular sized carrots in the top hat box (the wooden box you see sticking up), Habanero peppers, serrano peppers, purple of Romania artichoke (heirloom),
eggplant, magic beanstalks and celebrity tomato

baby carrots before they were thinned

baby Louisiana satsumas on the tree this year

chamomile- so pretty and fuzzy

blue broccoli

strawberry plants are thriving. I later put some weed barrier under the plants so the strawberries wouldn't rot

We have tomatoes on our sweet millions cherry tomato plant!

I could not resist this verigated basil

My dh built me a top hat box so that we could try and
grow full sized carrots. 

sweet basil

baby artichoke - I planted three

thyme is right at home!

French lavender is so beautiful even before it blooms

haricot vert plants are thriving

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How I almost lost my sanity or "more mindless garden talk"

I have clearly lost my mind. Why are you laughing? Let me explain...

We have added 5 new gardens to our existing 3 Square Foot gardens.
Each garden has 16 squares to plant a crop. Some crops can be planted 16 to a square (like carrots).
16 x 8 = an insane amount of crops to plant for which no human being has enough time in the world, let alone a busy homeschool mom with too much on her plate already.
Did you catch all that? OK, now you can laugh and pity me and take me out to dinner.

OK, so after I evaluated my sanity, I realized that I didn't have to plant everything in one afternoon, or one day, or even one week. Whew! Sanity saved. I remembered that Square Foot gardens practice staggered planting so that you aren't harvesting all of the same crop at the same time. Also, I take care of three girls during the week and guess what they will be doing for a few afternoons. That's right! Forced labor in the name of education. Don't send me a nasty comment. I am kidding. Sort of. No, I'm kidding.

Check it out! We now have enough squares to technically feed our family all the veggies we can possibly eat! And they are organic!

The triplets - Gardens 6, 7 & 8

The twins - Gardens 4 & 5

The three gardens from Fall 2011 - Gardens 1, 2 & 3 - still producing!

It can't all be veggies. French Lavender! 

It's time for Thyme! Sorry, that was corny. German and french thyme.

I never can have enough parsley. I've added three new plants. 

I've trench planted my tomatoes this year.
Interested to see how it goes.

This is the only bunny I ever want to catch in my garden!

two new broccoli plants. They won't be producing very long and
will be replaced by something else later on. Stevia (yes, the sweetener) is the plant
on the front left. Oregano on the front right. 

here we go again... my dog thinks we have built snack bins for her.
She will NOT stay out of the dirt! 

Strawberries! A new crop this year.

Eggplant - another newbie!


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