Monday, April 18, 2011

Dean & Courtney Ready for Planting

So, Dean & Courtney updated us on their progress, and they now have their planter stained, and ready for planting.  It looks great, and they must be proud.

They have been consulting their Vegetable Gardener's Bible  and are figuring out what veggies they would like to grow, and how well they go together.

In the coming weeks, they are going to have to decide what to plant now, what to wait until after last frost (May 7-15ish), and what to plant using Wall O' Waters.  We will be consulting them and perhaps having an open discussion about this here on the blog.


  1. Some of my fondest childhood memories were the summers I spent on my grandparent’s farm in Pumphrey, Texas. My grandmother had a sizeable garden, and I remember spending my days tinkering around, catching bugs, pulling weeds and eating cherry tomatoes. I’ve wanted a garden for years, but honestly I never stayed anywhere long enough to put in the time and effort…and it takes both.

    I spent last week deciding what I want to grow, where I want to grow it, what seeds I can put in now versus after the last freeze, plant placement, pH levels, companions, inhibitors!!! There’s a lot more to it than just haphazardly scattering seeds. Saturday, I started a journal and sketched the layout. Nothing fancy -- I basically decided one vegetable per square foot. On Sunday, I sowed broccoli, onion, butterhead lettuce, romaine lettuce, danver carrots, baby finger carrots, mustard greens, turnip greens and beets. I also decided to start cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, celery, habanero peppers and okra in the house. It’s a bit late but since I had so many seeds, I figured I might as well try. Per Deb, it is highly unlikely I’ll be able to take tomatoes from seedling to producing plant, so I may end up buying those plants and transferring them to the garden after the last freeze.

    Roo and Deb have been such an inspiration and a wealth of knowledge at every step. Thank you both! The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible has been the only other resource I’ve used to date, and I highly recommend it to any novice gardener. Coming into this with very limited knowledge, I feel I’m in a pretty good place. There is so much more to learn over the next several weeks, e.g. fertilization, transplant of seedlings, watering guidelines, pest control and pruning...

    And then there’s the issue of bracing the bowing board on the south side...thinking my options are limited since I planted this past weekend. It won’t look pretty, but because I don’t want to disturb the seedlings planted last weekend, I may have to put the bracing outside the planter. Hopefully it won’t be too much of an eyesore!

  2. Great comments, Court!

    I have been trying to come up with the best (and best looking) plan for the bowed wood - and I think that it may come down to either a 4x4 or a piece of rebar.

    If you placed the 4x4 dead center, and put an angled cut at the top, you could put on a board that would be like a huge garden marker for the whole garden. Maybe it would be a dedication, a name for the garden, or even a map of what is planted.

    Just an idea . . .