6/16/2009 – 3 More Beds Built, Filled and Planted

So, I’ve been busy in the garden since last time I wrote. I think last time I posted anything I had two beds planted with potatoes, onions, lettuce and carrots. Since then I built three more: a 4×6, a 4×4 and a 4×8. It was a lot of work! It was not so much the cutting and nailing together of the boards but the setting and leveling of the bed, the transporting of the composted horse manure from the front of the house to the back one wheelbarrow at a time, the digging out, separating from the grass and breaking up of the clay to mix with it, and the filling of the beds with the mixture. It was a lot of hard work, but very rewarding when I saw the finished product and was able to start planting! So, for the record, here is what I planted or transplanted in what beds and when.

In you’re a beginner gardener reading this, note that I am a beginner too (or at least I am at the time I’m writing this) and that a lot of these things I probably got in the ground way later than I should have. The kale and broccoli in particular should have been in the ground a month or more ago, I think. I just didn’t have a place to put them until a week or two ago, so I got them transplanted when I could. We’ll see how everything does, and I can always improve the timing and the process next year. I’ll definitely be keeping y’all updated.  :)

my garden

Anyway, beside the joy of getting most of the beds built and most everything planted (I still have Early Fortune Cucumbers and Amish Snap Peas to put in), I got to see everything I had already planted grow! Since I’ve never done this before and don’t know what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised for example to see that the potato plants develop flowers on them. And so far, the colors of the flowers correspond to the colors of the potatoes, more/less. I’ve got blueish-purple flowers coming up from the All Blue Potatoes and white flowers coming up from a whiter variety (can’t remember the name…some other ones that Hillary gave me). The red potatoes still haven’t developed flowers, so we’ll see what those look like when they come. Anyway, I love going out every day and looking at their progress. It’s pretty amazing. I took some photos after I got all these main beds planted and put them in a mini-slideshow. Take a look!

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  1. Posted June 17, 2009 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Lookin’ good! My garden is going crazy! Gonna have to take pictures and post on my blog sometime soon. :)

  2. Posted June 21, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    this garden is amazing david! i’m so impressed and know exactly who to go to when we start our garden. way to work it out, what a cool work in progress!

  3. Posted June 27, 2009 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Yeah, I really like that LinkWithin gadget too! I saw it on someone else’s blog and just had to have it. lol I had a little bit of trouble getting it going, and emailed them for help. They were SUPER nice and were able to provide a simple fix! I’m really not a computer guru at ALL so I was very appreciative! :)

  4. tiffany
    Posted October 2, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    nice slide show of the garden! I like the little tomatoes the best, good picture!
    the full size one of the facebook picture is much more clear :) beautiful picture.

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