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Gardening

On Sun, Jan 30 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese
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I’ve always wanted to grow a garden.  I sort of started an attempt when I lived in FL but didn’t work on the soil at all, and then neglected my seedlings so it never really took off.

But NOW, things are different.  I spend more time at home – I have kids that I can teach while I work on it.  And the home just feels more permanent.  So here is an official try at it.

20 x 20 roughly is the size.  That’s 400 square feet.  Should be plenty of space.  Last night I placed a $65 order from Burpee to get all the right seeds/plants.  What did I buy?  Glad you asked:

  • Chives
  • Mustard
  • Salad Burnet
  • Thyme
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Bell Peppers
  • Tomatos
  • Beets
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Onions

And we already have seeds for:

  • Sunflowers
  • Rosemary
  • Leeks
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Cucumbers
  • Cilantro
  • Radishes

So we should have a pretty good spread.  Radishes in about a month after we sow the seeds, cukes in about 2 months and everything else should start popping up by the end of the third month.  With a 7 month growing season (between frosts) we should be able to get in two cycles or more for many of our favorites.

I’m excited to see how rapidly the cuke vines grow.  I’ve heard they can be crazy fast.  The other tricks I’ve heard are to not let the fruits and veggies rot on the stalks.  That it stops the production of the produce.  So – I fully expect to be monitoring and “working” the garden closely this season.  We may also consider canning if we find that are yield is large, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Yesterday – seed order.  Today – compost bin.  It just makes sense to compost to reduce waste and also “recycle” our veggies.  So we are going to get the composter going and hopefully provide a good base for this garden.  It takes roughly 60 days to get a full cycle of compost so if we start today, that will set us up for perfect timing that first week in April when we start planting and transferring our seeds and seedlings.

Will keep you posted.  Unless it totally fails – then – you may not hear about this ever again.  🙂

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