Hey guys, just wanted to give a quick show of my gardens for this year. The rain stopped for a week or so and the nursery shops have been very busy
here, rain is predicted for tomorrow. I've been busy digging up my raised garden from last year and preparing the usual spot we plant tomatoes.
Last year in my raised garden I planted cucumbers, okra, squash, and radishes. I planted everything too close together from what I gather now, but I
ended up with a ton of okra, cucumbers, and squash. It was hard to tell when the radishes were ready to be picked and being too close together quite a
few ended up being very small.
The normal area we plant things in usually only includes tomatoes and different types of pepper plants but I've set aside one spot to plant a few of
my own goodies.
This first picture is of my raised garden I made last year as an experiment to see what I could grow. I haven't expanded on it but through the winter
months I added different organic material as fertilizer. Most recent in the picture you can see eggshell from excess easter eggs that were turned into
pickled eggs. I didn't add any of the egg shells that were dyed for egg hunting.
This year I've planted more okra, cucumbers, squash, garlic, and radishes. I spaced the radishes out a bit more to see if they would grow better. If
they don't I'll move the radishes to the far back next year.. It's all trial and error for me at this point
This next picture is an overall view of the normal planting area. My dad designed the house and surrounding buildings and he liked his plants around
the shed by the pond. It's not that big but it gives you an idea of what we're working with.
This is the new area I set aside to plant seeds I wanted to try out this year. I planted two okra plants, a bit of spinach, radishes... and I tried
lettuce and broccoli. I'm not sure how it will work out but at least I'll end up with some radishes and okra
These last few are the tomatoes I planted today. I arrived at the nursery right as they were unloading the truck... there were a ton of people there.
I planted regular tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. The lady at the nursery told me with limited space like I am working with I could double up the
tomatoes and treat them as one plant, that is why they are so close together. I figure if one dies oh well.. I have more. Hopefully I get plenty of
I was inspired by a thread on raised gardens last year and I've been having fun with it. Maybe this thread will inspire someone else to go out and
plant their own garden.. there's nothing better than relying on your own produce. It's good practice for when you REALLY need to survive on only
what you know.
I hope any post after this contains their own gardens for this year, or at least comments on mine and how I can improve. I'm very interested in
seeing what others are doing to produce their own fruits and veggies. I'll post some pictures after I get a few sprouts going and producing some
also: sorry the pictures are cut off, even though I took them with my phone it seems they are too big to be viewed fully on the thread page. If you
are interested check out the album 2010 garden in my profile. here is a link to it:
you'll have to click the 2010 album link once you load the page, the post will not let me directly link to the album for some reason.
[edit on 6-4-2010 by Estharik]