Category Archives: Garden

You say “Tomato”, I say “HERE LIES THE CARCASS OF A DEAD FISH!”

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More about the garden!

We finally got the tomatoes to a point that we felt comfortable planting them. I put them outside a few weeks ago and it shocked them a little too much, so we brought them back in and gave them worm tea and they went crazy.

So we both had the same day off (SHOCK!) and so we decided to work outside a bit.

Here’s the garden on the 5th.

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This is what it looked like when we were done yesterday.

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WOW! Look at all the growth in only 20 days!

Well, it’s impressive to us anyway. We’re like little kids peeking through the stairs at christmas. We check it every day and give each other status reports. It’s all very exciting and I know you’re envious. It’s fine. You can be.

Planting the tomatoes was a task we had been preparing for. I have collected one fish worth of bits and one sunday’s breakfast worth of eggshells from my work. Josh watched me do this with a varying degree of concern for my sanity as I claimed that “Pinterest TOLD ME TO!” and “I found a blog through pinterest and it said this is how to get the best tomatoes!”  He lovingly shrugged and scooped up all the soil we had previously laid down for that bed and even dug a little further for the fish to be given a proper burial.

I laid the fish out carefully (read: chucked it while giggling) and announced “I must take a picture!” So I ran inside, washed my hands and when I came back the fish bits had mysteriously been spread out more evenly through the bed.

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We covered the fish lightly and then I dumped the eggshells over the top.

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We laid out the tomatoes according to type and Josh put a stake next to them and gently tied them to the stake. He did this because even though he has larger hands than me, I managed to break any tomato I tried this with. I am a failure at tomato bondage.

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Also, Josh assures me that singing classic rock to the tomatoes will make them grow better.

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We had too many tomatoes for one bed, so I put the Pink Ladies where the celery decided it didn’t want to grow, and the Black Brandywine with the tomatillos and brussels sprouts. Anyway, I didn’t take pictures of the rest of the process because it involved me gently covering all the tomatoes with dirt while Josh put worm poop on all of our other plants.

We rewarded ourselves with two strawberries.

They were, of course, delectable.

Getting ready to plant!

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Okay! So we have our very first strawberry! It was so ripe it fell into my hand.

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Josh and I shared the little thing and it was so freakin’ tasty.  I can’t wait for more!

We’re getting to the point that we can almost plant! Josh has been getting the yard ready and I’ve been working on the seedlings. They’re repotted in larger containers and growing well. I’m going to work on the tomatoes and the peppers next. I’ve got a little potting station for myself.  So it’s just a wheel barrow with dirt in it. It works.

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Josh’s boss came in with a bobcat thingy and tore out the lawn.

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 Josh then got a rototiller and tilled the soil.  Soon we’ll add the new soil into it and then we’ll start planting. 20130514_164551

 

Josh built out our compost and its only got a little work left to do.

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He also made a blend of organic fertilizer. It’s even a little pretty!

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Anyway, it’s awesome. Our garden is going to be fantastic.

These are our raspberries. They’re doing great too!

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Basically, it’s going to be lovely and we’re super excited.

 

 

 

Starting a Garden

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A few months ago, Josh and I decided to move in together. We were originally going to find a new place, but since he basically was staying over all the time, and while tight, it still worked, we chose to just move him into my place. Also, we have a large backyard and my friends said I could do what I wanted to it. So, our garden plans would work perfectly.

We spent an entire day planning the garden, listing what we would eat and what would probably go to waste. Then researching plants and ordering a ton of seeds from Heirloom Seeds. They’re a family run seed farm, so it takes about 45 days to process an order. In the meantime, we planned for the costs of it and all the tools and such needed. We made a list of which plants would work with what, and designed each bed to hopefully work harmoniously with each other. Some plans have changed, adapted to reality and cost. All in all, though, it’s staying true to the plan. I’m very excited, and so is he.

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Yesterday, his boss came over with a bobcat and dug out the marked off portion of lawn so that we could start our beds. We’ll be renting a rototiller and tilling the soil then topping it with garden soil, compost and fertilizer. The fertilizer is a mix that we’ll be making with cottonseed meal, bonemeal, aglime, kelp meal and dolemite lime. We’re aiming for organic. He’s a manager at a farm and feed store, so most of this comes easy. I’ve found that my job at a nursery when I was a teenager have already come in handy when repotting our strawberries and blueberries.

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We have herbs and things that will stay in pots, and little issues came up while we were starting some seeds… Like accidentally dropping one of the starter trays and mixing up all the peppers… SHUT UP! We know I’m clumsy! I apologized to the seeds. Also, a few of our early herb starts were moved to bigger pots too soon. They’re struggling now. Some have died off entirely, but we expected some losses. I’m not hugely concerned. The seed starts that you see above are doing well. I planted them on the 22nd. They’re starting very well.

As we move along, I’ll post pictures of the yard and our progress. This is just to let you in the door.