Winter Magic

Winter Magic
"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall." ~ Ray Bradbury

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Square Foot Garden: Natures First Green is Gold 2

my first pole bean is starting to sprout
close-up of first sprout (pole bean)



the radishes are getting bigger

close-up of a carrot sprouting

carrots making their way out of the soil

lettuce sprouting
close-up of the butterhead lettuce sprouts

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Square Foot Garden: First Salad

In the square foot garden you harvest many of your vegetables weekly/daily on an "as you use it" basis.  My first harvest was just enough to make two small dinner salads!  For the lettuce and spinach you simply cut off the bigger outer leaves each week rather than harvesting the plant all at once.  

our first green onions are ready to eat - they have a much stronger flavor
than the store varieties I'm used to.  I will harvest some this week
and let the rest grow to full-size onions

lettuce, swiss chard, and spinach ~ washed and dried

had enough to make two lovely bowls of salad  ~
 I added strawberries, pepitas, and cojita cheese before serving

close-up

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Square Foot Garden: Nature's First Green is Gold

April 17th ~ the radishes have started to sprout

so small and full of possibilities 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Square Foot Garden: Planting Seeds

pole bean, radish, carrot, and butter lettuce

 sfg method: Lettuce - 4 per sf - a pinch per hole
sfg method: Radish and Carrot - 16 per sf - a pinch per hole

carrots and pole beans need to be covered until sprouting
deep root box: carrots (2 types), white sweet onions, green onions, leeks, white beets, and radish

our lemon tree has thorns

Friday, April 6, 2012

Square Foot Garden: Mixing Soil and Planting

Day 2:  Making "Mel's Mix" and beginning to plant


1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 blended compost - mix with a tarp

me and my brother mixing the soil

fully mixed soil
We mixed the soil in two 15 cubic feet batches to make a total of 30 cubic feet of soil.  After mixing the soil we filled the beds.  Due to the location of my raised beds, a wheelbarrow wouldn't work, so we used 5 gallon buckets instead.  The soil is very light-weight when dry, so this was pretty easy to do. 


shoveling soil into the buckets
my brother adding the soil

two beds with soil





After mixing and adding the soil the next step was to add the wood lath to mark the "square feet" in the garden.  
completed raised bed



The best part --  adding my plants!  I am doing a variety of plants, some from seeded transplants and some directly from seed.  The first few plants are all transplants.  I will plant seeds later this week. 


different types of lettuce - partial shade box

pole beans & sugar peas

another view of the lettuce box

deep bed: carrots, onions, and leeks

After all of the hard work I "celebrated" by letting my daughter release some ladybugs into the garden.  Her special name for these lovely and very helpful insects is "Labdydebugs"- Love!


saying hello to the ladybugs

releasing them

ladybugs in their new home

baby bug with a ladybug on her cheek

baby bug loving the ladybugs and the dirt

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Square Foot Garden: Getting Started

at Home Depot getting supplies to build the raised beds

supplies are ready to go
easy to follow instructions
drilling the holes before building
putting the beds together (it reminded me of ikea furniture except I had to pre-drill the holes)
everything laid out and ready to go

three 3x3 beds


one 2x6 bed 

one 3x3 double bed for carrots, potatoes, onions, etc...

bottoms lined with plastic

all ready to go!

vermiculite for "mel's mix"



peat moss for "mel's mix"
5 different kinds of compost for "mel's mix"
different types of compost were very difficult to find; after only finding three kinds, I finally found some variety at Wal-Mart -- a store I hate and can count the number of times I've been to on one hand



box 1 location: full sun


box 2 location: full sun, will build a trellis for vines

box 3 location: partial shade






box 4 & 5: partial shade

waiting to be planted

the gardener's "bible"