This afternoon, in the break between phone call times, I planted my vegetable garden. I had bought the plants Sunday, and just needed a clear 45 minutes or so to put them in. Plants I transplanted:
Broccoli ( VERY late in the season to put it in, I know, but I just moved and got the garden set up. It’s a hope-for-the-best crop, maybe I’ll get some heads before it bolts.)
Sweet Million ( a WONDERFUL variety of cherry tomatos. It produces abundant clusters of very small tomatos that are as sweet as sugar. I eat them like potato chips all summer long. If you’re going to grow cherry tomatos, plant one of these bushes. Trust me on this one)
Trinidad Scorpion ( The hottest known pepper. 1 pepper can easily season 7 pots of chili, quite spicely, too. Billed as “Too hot for human consumption”, and if you were going to eat one straight, I would think so.)
( The last four are part of a climbing row in the back of the garden, along with Green Beans which are soaking right now, I’ll plant them tomorrow. The garden is against the house, I’m gonna put up some lattice for them to climb)
I also planted some seeds:
Red Onion Sets
And I still have 2 squares left that will get herbs: Chives, Basil, Celantro, Rosemary etc…
I also plan to dig up a patch in the back of the yard for a couple of rows of corn ( Silver Queen and Yellow ) sometime in the next week or so.
The gardening method I use is Square Foot Gardening. There’s a book that outlines it all. I plant everything I listed above ( except for the corn ) in a 8’ X 5’ area. I’ve modified it somewhat, most notably in that I’ve never had any luck doing corn as he recommends, hence I’m going back to some old fashond rows this year, and he dosen’t leave enough space for tomatos, at least not the monster tomatos I grow. ( 1/2 cup or so of Epsom Salts in each hole before you put the tomato plant in will grow GIANT plants ) He recommends 1 plant per square foot, so that a 2’ X 4’ section of garden would have 8 tomato plants, arrainged thus:
I put tomato plants only in squares 1,3,6 and 8, which is why my garden is 5’ deep rather than 4, so I can stagger the Tomato plants. Other than that, I’m a huge fan of the square foot method. I get TONS of crops from an area the size of a sheet of plywood, and weeding, watering, etc…these are all kept to a bare minimum. Does anyone else use this method?
I thought a thread about gardening would be a neat idea, so gardeners, chime in! Although my vegetable garden is my pride and joy, I also have several flower gardens ( well, I will have. I’m waiting for GingerOfTheNorth to get here, that’s her passion and I want her input.) so don’t be afraid to speak up about flowers. This is the place for stories, advice, bragging ( You know you want to tell the world about that 2lb tomato, don’t you? Sure you do!), commiseration ( last year, in one night, rabbits dug under a fence at the back of my garden and ate FIFTEEN (!) lettuce plants in one night!), and anything else related to gardening. I have a question to start off:
This will be my first year doing rows of corn. Are there any animals that will eat immature corn plants? Also, I’m back in the woods now, how can I keep deer from eating the ears before I get a chance to?