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The Garden Week 1

Posted by Hallee on May 11, 2011 in Gardening, Hallee's Galley |

We’ve had the wettest April in recorded history here in central Kentucky, so I’m a couple of weeks behind where I was last year at this time.  But, it’s also been unusually cold so it’s good that I couldn’t get out to the yard and get it tilled until now.  I ran the tiller last week, and then this past Monday and finally got the seeds and seedlings into the rich Kentucky earth.

In mid-April, I planted the plants I could go ahead and start.  I had yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, two kinds of tomatoes, green peppers, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and lettuce already growing that I transplanted into the earth once I tilled it.

In addition to what was already growing, I planted corn, green beans, sweet peas, radishes, carrots, onions, spinach, turnips, and sunflowers.

Because I added the spinach, turnips, and sunflowers to what I did last year, I added an extra garden:

I read up on vegetables that grow on vining plants – cucumbers, green beans, gourds, etc, and decided to try a tee-pee method.  You can get more plants into the ground in a smaller space.  The plants will climb the tee pee poles and you can pick from them there.

You place four poles equal distance apart in a square.

Bring the tops together with twine.

Tie it off so that you form a tee pee.

Plant a plant at the base of each pole.

God’s design will take care of the rest.

I also decided to cage the tomatoes this year.  I usually stake them, but have problems with the staking.  My parents have cages and their plants are huge and beautiful and easy to pick.  Because I plant so many tomatoes, I’ve always avoided the expense, but determined that since the cages can be used year after year, it was a worthwhile expense.

In my front flower bed, I am in the process of planting the herb garden.  I have peppermint, basil, oregano, chamomile, thyme, sage, dill, parsley, cilantro, chives, and rosemary.

After my failed container gardening experience last year, I am giving lettuce in a pot another go, and that’s it.  I may decide to try potatoes again, but I haven’t had the opportunity to read up on it like I wanted to, so I may wait until next year.

I also have one more strip of earth that gets a strong afternoon sun.  I’m considering turning it into a lettuce garden.

Have you been able to get your garden into the ground this year?  Do you have seedlings growing?  What are you trying new this year?

 

Hallee


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