Originally posted by mybigunit
Do you have some good pics on your garden so far? Im curious to see how you set the blocks up also
Sure thing, man. I went out back and snapped these just tonight. Except for the last one of me holding the pumpkin, that was a few weeks ago.
This is the garden overall. Early on I had nice tilled rows, clean soil, and paths between them, etc. I found out two things really quick: almost
everything died or failed to sprout from seed, and the one thing besides the pumpkin patch that flourished was lawn grass. When I let the grass in,
and stopped fighting it, things started to live. When I started using the grass as mulch, starting two weeks ago, stuff just started to thrive.
I guess mother nature just likes a little bit of a mess sometimes.
This is a section of the spice wall that I have set up. On either end are marigolds, which keep rabbits and other pests at bay, and the petals of the
marigold can be used as a colorful additive to salads. Between them, from left to right, there's Sweet Basil, Foxtail Rosemary, African Blue Basil,
more Foxtail Rosemary, more African Blue Basil, and Tuscan Blue Rosemary. Against the fence, from middle to right is Wild Mint. In the upper left is
part of the "main" pumpkin patch.
This is the Tomato Triangle Experiment. I'd given it up for a dead failure. The tomato plants and peppers had all pretty much died. Then I started
using my lawn clippings for mulch two weeks ago. This is the result. The biggest tomato plant on the corner was only barely taller than the humped
white brick two weeks ago. Now it's got a thick healthy main trunk and is covered in tiny little yellow-white blooms. The pepper plant in the middle
was dead. I didn't even see anything there as of two weeks ago. Now it's looking like it's making a full recovery.
This is the only plant that took from seed
. Initially, as I mentioned, I'd tried rows that failed. Only one tiny scrawny little plant
survived, and it was poking out of a solid chunk of clay I'd been unable to break up and just left aside. For weeks it sat, only watered if it
rained. I'd intended to throw it away. Finally I figured... what the hell? I'll pop it in the ground and see what happens. It dwindled down to one
pathetic yellowish stalk with a sickly leaf. Then about two weeks ago, I covered the base with about 3-6 inches of lawn clippsings, and filled the
inside of it's box. This is the result. In this photo, you can just make out 2 of the 4 zucchinni now growing on it.
This rather unimpressive watermelon plant was also yellowing and dead. I'd picked it up and never got around to planting it. Then, two weeks ago,
since I had all these leftover lawn clippings, I just popped it in a pile of peat and compost, and surrounded it with lawn clippings. Presto,
change-o! It's now a survivor.
A similar story. These are yellow squash, strawberries, and what are probably yet more pumpkin vines starting. The whole area was another failed
experiment till the lawn clippings saved it.
I thought for the longest time this was actually a somewhat healthy survivor of my initial seed-rows, either a yellow squash or a zucchinni. My first
clue that I was wrong should have been the fact that it lived. It was a hearty survivor that stayed healthy, but otherwise produced nothing. Once I
put lawn clippings on it, it tripled in size and I found myself the proud owner of yet another damn pumpkin colony. You can just make out one of the
fruits coming in near the bottom.
This is the accidental pumpkin patch. It's now back up to the size it was before the squash vine borer blight knocked back 3/4 its growth. At its
present rate, it'll take over the yard before fall is over. The whole thing started from a funny looking sprout in my compost heap.
Here's the pride and joy of the big pumpkin patch. It's hard to tell from the photo, but this pumpkin is already larger than my ten month old boy
and it's not even started to turn orange yet.
This is me, a few weeks ago, holding the first yield of my whole garden. The wife snapped that photo in the middle of me saying "Oh Yeah!" like Joe
from Family Guy. That pumpkin went to Mr. and Mrs. J, as a thank you for all they taught me. They turned it into three of the best pumpkin pies I've
ever had, a large serving bowl for beef soup, and some very fertile seeds for their own garden.