Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Working through Spring 2011

I never did show the kitchen redone....

 The Shed built, painted, and stocked...


 The awful red shag carpet removed from the stairs,


Or the termite damage and repair...


But believe me, we did all that in the last year.  The point is, if I spend to much time trying to catch up, I never will.  So, moving forward...

Lets talk about vegetables.  Last year, we realized that all the cool kids, including our neighbors on both sides, and our yard challenged friends in Baltimore, are growing vegetables in little plots.  Julia loves veggies, and I like them, so we planted some. This year, we wanted more, and we learned some lessons after planting last year.  The biggest lesson was we wanted more, earlier.  Since I only had built one 4x8 box last year, I wanted to get that planted as soon as possible. 


Julia and I planted (from the top) beets, Romaine, Spinach, Chard, Kale, and (slightly later on) carrots, tomatoes (x3) jalapenos, and peas.  Garden Jesus (Julia points out, not Jesus, but probably St. Francis of Assisi) watching over all of them as they start to come up.  The fence is an absolute must.  The deer, groundhogs, rabbits, squirrels and cats (litterbox!!) have taken to loving our garden.  This lets us love it more.  We planted early march this year, as soon as there was a thaw long enough to scrape a cut to plant the seeds, unlike last year when I planted a bit into May. Other lessons learned?  Water the crap out of it.  Plant from shortest to tallest from the suns point of view, so the sun can get to them all.  You can probably leave a bit less room than the package calls for.

And since we planted much earlier this year, well before we stopped getting frost in the mornings, this is what it looks like now...


The second box to the right now has extra rows of spinach (since we seem to want ever more of that) squash, melons, tomatos, onions, beans, and some flowers.  The sprinkler (still in it's packaging) is hooked up to a pump on the rain barrel (PRO TIP, don't leave a in tact loop from the inlet to the sprinkler through the pump, you will siphon out all the water from your rain barrel), and the fence expanded to cover both gardens now.  You can also see some hanging strawberries on the shed, a black berry/raspberry bush (I forget which), and the new motion light on the shed.

We've already gotten some pretty good salads by poaching the spinach and onions, so hopefully everything will take off, and we'll be set for the rest of the spring.

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