Friday, April 18, 2008

Garden update!

In March I planted my first seeds in the garden, and they have popped up. The peas were last to sprout, but they are making up for lost time! Spinach, lettuce, and cabbage are all coming along nicely.



About a week ago I started tomatoes and peppers indoors, and they are coming up. I just have to keep them safe from the cats! Tomatoes came up first, peppers are still just pushing up, so they are covered with the plastic box.



Today I put out seeds for the plants that said on the packet to wait until 6 weeks 'til last frost. Last frost is estimated to be mid-May, about 4 weeks from now. So that is carrots, radishes, chard, beets, and broccoli.



I completed the rabbit-proof fence around the garden. I hope the rabbits don't really test it! The front panels are removable so I can reach in there and work.




I have a big whiteboard where I write down what I planted, where, and when. Then I can plan where I want things to go and take it outside with me when I plant. Because it is a 'square-foot garden', I also note how many plants are in each square. Anything growing where I didn't plant it is a weed and gets pulled. Some people say I'm a control freak, so this is a good way for me to keep track of what I'm doing. Frankly, if I don't document everything to this level it will all fall apart before I harvest anything. So far this is the most successful garden I've done in years!


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