Money Garden

On Thu, Jun 14 2012, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

Yeah. If I think about it, and I really don’t like to, I realize that I have quite an investment in this garden. So far, I’ve had one edible tomato. Between the $100 topsoil, $50 in plants and seed, $50 in tomato cages and everything invested from last year – that tomato cost AT LEAST $200. Definitely the most expensive tomato I’ve ever had. It was delicious. But let’s just say I am looking forward to having a larger yield to offset my investment and move the cost per produce item into a more reasonable range.

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How does your garden grow?

On Wed, Jun 6 2012, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

Leroy, Leroy, How does your garden grow?


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Garden Year 2!

On Wed, Mar 21 2012, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

20120320-114548.jpgWoo hoo! Nice, black, fertile looking raised bed peaks and troughs. So stoked to see how our garden grows this spring!! With weather like we had lately, we will have a banner crop! Here’s hoping there aren’t any more frosts that are going to sneak up on me!

Things planted include:

  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Radishes
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Cucumbers
  • Sunflowers

Super stoked to see how well we do. I did alot less intentional digging and burying. Kind of extreme on the opposite of last years fastidiousness with the precision and intentional digging. All the strategy didn’t serve me so well. Very small yield.

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Gardening – A New Season!

On Fri, Feb 24 2012, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

Very excited to have a garden going this Spring. I have enclosed the garden in and have bought about 40 bags of topsoil and supplements (compost and manure and stuff) and will probably be working all these things into the garden space over this weekend. Lots of fun. I’m hoping we bought enough to have a good base for our garden. Deep enough for the roots of the tomatoes and other plants to not have to dig through the clay, but find substantial nutrients and space in the new soil I am building. Ultimately, I’ll draw the line at a certain number of bags of soil – and perhaps if it is mediocre this year, next year we’ll shoot for stellar. 😀

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Gardening 2012 – #1

On Mon, Jan 23 2012, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

Pretty excited to see how our garden turns out in 2012. This is a video recorded shortly after I bought some more topsoil for the raised beds.

Leroy Has a GREEN THUMB!

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Gardening #9

On Wed, Aug 24 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

Surprise! I found a tomato plant growing next to our hydrangea bush on the back side of the house. It was an outlandish surprise. That side of the house gets only a few hours of sunshine and only during the later hours in the day. It is growing small clusters of tomatoes so I don’t know if they will end up as cherry tomatoes, plum tomatoes or just plain old tomatoes 🙂

I’m surprised and excited and it bubbles over into slightly disappointed. I mean, I watered and fed and babied the other tomato plants to get them to fruit and only was able to get an average yield. Here is a plant that I didn’t even know about and didn’t do anything to help it and it looks like it is going to survive and actually bear fruit. Amazing. I won’t be looking this gift horse in the mouth though – I’m looking forward to tasting these and comparing them to the ones we have.

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UT Extension

On Mon, Aug 22 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

UT Extension.

This site is amazing.  Just a SharePoint site with lots of articles and information about … everything.  I was looking for information on planting blueberry bushes.  Used the search, found it right away (here:

I love how relevant it is to my growing area.  Awesome.

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Gardening #7

On Mon, Jun 13 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

Thought I’d throw out a quick update for all my loyal followers. 😉

The garden is going really well. We have 9 green tomatoes growing on 5 different plants. We have a total of 7 plants that have blooms on them so this is very exciting. I have started eating more tomatoes from the store so I can figure out exactly how I want to spice/flavor/season them. I’m realizing that next year I may want a bigger garden, or will be more strategic about placement of all my crops. The main reason is that I am not seeing as many crops as I thought I would. For instance, I have about 100 radishes that never created bulbs but fully bloomed. There were about 20 that yielded actual radishes. I’ll have to read up on them, but I would prefer to have better soil and only get 50 that actually bloom (so it would take up half the space, but have double the yield).

Anyway -its going well – I don’t spend as much time out there as I would like but the fact that the garlic, onions, peas, radishes and tomatoes are all doing well is a true vindication.

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Garden – Small Victory

On Mon, May 2 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

Yesterday I spent a few hours in the garden doing some weeding, feeding and general upkeep and was showing Jessica how the radishes have started to gain some size. They were supposed to be ready in 21 days from planting (or so I thought) and it has been more than 30 days already with not one looking ready to be pulled. But I found one that had a cute bulb on it, so I plucked it.


It had a good radish flavor – and was perfect in every way except that it was smaller than I ordinarily would have picked. Finally! I get to taste the vegetables (fruits) of my labor! It was a very exciting moment and one that makes me want to work on the garden even more.


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