Saturday, April 25, 2009

It's garden time again

This year we decided to make the garden boxes smaller and the paths wider. It will make the boxes more accessible for weeding and harvesting.

Before:

There's that half-smile again. If I didn't know better, I'd say she has Bell's Palsy.

We moved a lot of dirt, downsized the trellises, and transplanted several strawberry plants. The next step is to put down decorative gravel and some stepping stones.
After:

This is how we felt when we were done:

It was the good kind of tired. Are you planting a garden this year? What will you put in it?

16 comments:

Lammy said...

I just came in to cool off after pulling weeds out of our garden... getting ready for the green bean planting.
Your garden looks heavenly...

We're doing the usual...
Corn, peas, beans, tomatoes, and squash.
Maybe cucumbers if I can manage it!

Mrs. Organic said...

I love cukes and peas, tomatoes, squash, beans, and peppers. I probably won't do onions again.

b. said...

Looks GREAT!

So far we have peas.

Kristina P. said...

You have a real garden! Gardening scares me.

myimaginaryblog said...

It looks great. I have a warning about the gravel -- my sister did gravel and regrets it since it hurts to kneel on it. So make sure it's an, um, soft gravel, if there is such a thing.

We put a couple of boxes in two summers ago and the soil's compacted a lot so we need to fill in with more. Then it'll be probably all the same things you listed, except for that I don't know whether I want to do squash since our boxes aren't very large and they tend to take over. (But I do love eating squash.)

andrea said...

I'm trying...again...this year. So far I've not been too successful. I have only had a few plants in the past though, and usually lose interest in them or they die. I'm hoping to get a planter box put in this year....I should have it in already as my little seed starts are already coming up, but I don't.

I have tomatoes, peppers, squash, cantaloupe, eggplant, broccoli, carrots, radishes, lettuce, basil, and rosemary.

Mrs. Organic said...

Try growing your squash up the trellises.

Andrea - I've never had much luck with cantaloupe, it always seems to have a 2 hour window where it goes from green/unedible to over ripe/unedible.

Tebbs Family said...

I've done a garden for at least 15 years now. My peas, carrots, radishes, lettuce, onions and broccoli are already planted and I will add tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, watermelon, cataloupe, honeydew and squash varieties when it's warmer. Totally given up on corn...

Mrs. Organic said...

Alicia - have any tips for me?

Shawn said...

We rent a house that doesn't have a space for a garden, so we put little planters on the front porch, so that Aydan could plant some tomatoes and peppers.

Your grow boxes are lovely---I'm so jealous!

M.V. said...

I have 3 pots in the front of the house. We live in a townhouse and we don't have much room.

In one pot I have herbs: cilantro. basil, rosemary and parsley. They are doing very well.

I have green peppers in another pot and roma tomatoes in the other, which aren't doing to well because i over watered them. The tomato plant does have about 4 little tomatoes on it. Which I hope survive.
Anyone have any tips on how i can help my tomato plant that is turning yellow?

Emma J said...

What a beautiful garden space - I love the trellises. And am feeling more guilty all the time that our fence is still being built and our garden unplanted.

Mrs. Organic said...

MV - Somtimes tomatoes yellow when they're over-watered or if the leaves are being watered. Tryy just watering around the base of the plants. There's a few other erasons as well - give me some more details and I'll help you trouble-shoot.

EmJ- If it makes you feel any better, the only items in my garden right now are the strawberries and the perennial herbs from last year. I've got to get crackin'!

M.V. said...

I think maybe it was because I was watering the leaves and watering it everyday. This is my first year doing any gardening. I have no clue what I am doing.

The bottom stems of the tomato plant turned yellow and brown at the tips, then they fell off today. The tomatoes that are growing are doing fine, the stems have no problem. I did stop watering them so often.

Mrs. Organic said...

Once you have fruit on, only water at the base of the plant, or your tomato skins will be likely to split and get nasty cracks in them. I'd cut back on your frequency of watering and try watering for longer.

Don't forget to fertilize your plants. Happy Gardening!

Loralee and the gang... said...

LOVE youR garden boxes. We are thinking of doing that with some of the veggies, etc. But our garden is HUGE! So we'll have to add them gradually.

:~D