How does your garden grow?

Renee -- May 17th, 2009

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Many people in our area have beautiful flower gardens and gorgeous planters, and others have re-planted backyard vegetable gardens or are starting one for the first time this year.

So, tell us about what you’re growing at home and what plants and gardening methods or techniques worked well for you in the past in our Valley soil and climate!

(If you have a photo of your garden online, you can use HTML to add it to the comments!)

4 Responses to “How does your garden grow?”

  1. David Miller says:

    Love the idea Renee

    My garden consists of reclaimed brick beds (from a friend’s former chimney). The bricking in allows me to separate my veggies, provides for walking paths and it keep my sanity, the bricks also make great supports for the reclaimed/reused old windows that I use for frost protection since I plant so early (March 19th this year). I originally turned over my yard to create the garden. I dug down three to four feet and turned every bit of soil by hand. It hurt! Then I roto-tilled (mini tiller with chainsaw engine) the soil. Then I spread organic composted manure and bagged garden soil from Rocking R over everything. About a bag per 5sq feet (My garden is small so this expenditure didn’t break the bank). Keep in mind that I had an existing 8ft x6ft “garden” (hobby size per say) prior to this so I had my foot in the door for this undertaking. Instead of repeating the tilling I waited three weeks and turned everything back over. Then I tilled again. What I wound up with is amazing soil that has plenty of organic material (the crab grass that once was) but is low on weeds due to the turning. For one section I found too much clay down deep to my liking and have seen moss form there prior soooo I mixed organic humus and sand into that section to improve drainage. Once the soil had settled I did the bricking work. That too about broke my back but I survived with an amazing setup to show for the herniated discs. I map my garden on wooden 1×8 scraps (I like the permanence of wood over paper that tends to disappear or get crumpled quickly) with planting info like date sewn and seed/seedling type of plant to refer to over the season and for improvement year after year. Example: Last year my tomatoes didn’t excel in the poorly drained spot I mentioned above. This year I’ve switched that spot to beans and improved the drainage. BTW, anyone who needs lettuce should not hesitate to ask, my two lettuce beds are going crazy with all of this rain.

  2. Renee says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of hard work! Thanks for sharing that info and pic!

  3. David Miller says:

    It was pretty self serving but I enjoyed sharing.

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