Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ramping up

As of today, I have onions and peas out in the garden. Parsley is hardening now and will go out tomorrow.

Inside, I have lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, basil, bell peppers and jalapenos started.

Got another few bags of wood chips for between the boxes, but other than that, all major projects are done. I'll get some new photos up once there's more stuff to take pictures of out there.


  1. Isn't it nice to see everything coming together for the second year with the experience from the first behind you?

  2. So great to catch up on your gardening!!!! I went back and read every post since the beginning of your blog. I'd really like to learn more about the square foot gardening method. So far, my only success has been in containers, as the dirt here is sooooooo bad. and whatever I add to the dirt seems to disappear down into the sand. Do you have something under the beds to contain the dirt, or is it just on top of the regular ground? I also saw your containers you made out of totes. They are much like the Earth Boxes. I have 5 of those going with tomatoes in them. Would like to get more of them. It will be so good to follow your garden!!!!! I'm planting winter squash right now. My summer squashes are in, as well as peppers, eggplant, cabbage, etc. What is Mel's Mix????

  3. Last year, I had the boxes sitting on a gravel parking area. I lined the bottoms with landscape cloth to contain the dirt. Using 2x10 boards I only had a maximum of 9" of dirt depth, but everything did well. This year, the boxes are just sitting on dirt with no bottoms. Our soil is pretty good since neighbors tell me that a previous owner of the house used the entire backyard as a garden. Those containers didn't really work that well for me so I threw them away. Being homemade, I may have screwed up in their construction causing the failure. Mel's Mix, as stated in the Square Foot Gardening book, is 1/3 peat, 1/3 vermiculite (which can be hard to find and expensive), 1/3 compost. What I use is peat, vermiculite and whatever bagged manure I can find cheap. Then I just mix it until it looks good, ignoring the "by the book" formula. I bought my copy of Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew for a $1 of abebooks.com.