byon 02-10-2014 at 04:10 PM (3212 Views)
OK Mark, you did it. You started talking about plantin' taters. Today, the Grandkids and I are gonna start my mini-garden.
Since we don't have Aqua or Jericho Station this year, I submit this as our Official 2014 Gardening Blog.
It all started when my 2 stands of bamboo died. Evidently, there are some species of bamboo that live for 60-70 years, flower, go to seed, and die. And they drop like thousands of seeds. Well, Round-up on the seedlings took care of that problem, but not all the towering, dead bamboo. Had friends come in and cut some to make tiki huts, but barely made a dent in it. Finally hired a professional tree service and had it cut and mulched and stump-ground.
So, now I have this huge gap in my back yard, and an equally huge pile of bamboo mulch. And--some DAYLIGHT! So, over by the fence I found a patch of dirt that gets sun about 6 hrs. a day--maybe more as the sun works its way north. Got some old horse manure we had stock-piled and had my other half till it in and VOILA, instant garden.
So, the 7 and 2 year old and I set about planting it. Mostly plants, b/c I am impatient, but we did plant Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans (on the fence line), and Spinach seeds. So now we have tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and collards out of the ground, and waiting on the rest.
So, we decided to water-in our masterpiece. Pulled out the old kinked hose on that side of the house, turned it on, and gave a gentle tug to straighten it out. SNAP. Instant geyser. It was the hit of the day with the little ones. Broke the whole faucet off to the ground!!! So, I run to the house (remember, children are fenced IN), grab a portable phone and call my other half who comes home and saves the day by shutting off the pump and repairing the damage. It must have dug a 1 foot hole--it is a 4" well. Finally watered everything in--now we just gotta WAIT!!!! Maybe I'll have some collards and beans in time for Easter, huh?
So, that's my story, so far............
UPDATE: Better late than never! Here is the Spring/Summer 2014 Garden, in time progression.
Notice the 5 ft. eggplant from last season, the tiny radishes, and the little collards. The carrots have started to come up, but not the spinach or onions. Maybe I planted too deep. I may have to get more seeds this weekend--except the garden stuff is in exile at Walmart already and Christmas has taken over the Garden Department.
Winter Update February 2015
As you can see, we made it thru the cold weather with no damage. There are now 3-4 more large eggplant coming along. The collards are filling out well again, just in time for some more ham, collard & black-eyed pea soup, before it gets too warm. The grape tomatoes are growing like, well, grapes, and I picked a pint yesterday. I pulled up the scraggly radishes--my fault, I planted them way too close. And the spinach bombed out again. In a week or two, I am going to replant spinach seeds. As I recall, the soil has to be 65 degrees for seeds to germinate.
Feel free to share your own gardening stories!