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It has been a busy couple of days over at the garden.  Last Friday evening was spent trenching around the perimeter of the entire garden plot.  All 12 garden owners went in together to rent a trencher that would dig a 3′ trench around the outer edge.  Then on Sunday the fence that keeps the critters out was raised.  The garden is now officially open for business…

One of the first things that was done in the plot was constructing the potato box..

I then turned over the existing soil and planted  irish cobbler and red skinned potato seeds. I will post pics. as the potatoes begin to germinate.

Meanwhile back at our apartment, the tomato, pepper, and eggplant seedlings are really starting to take off.  Some of the tomato seedlings are now about 2′ tall and still have about 2-3 weeks before they can go outside.

Here is a summary of what else we have planted so far:

Cherry Belle Radish

Tennis Ball Lettuce

Green Bibb Buttercrunch Lettuce

Royal Chatenay Carrot

Di Cicco Broccoli

Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale

Finally, we started the first of our wedding flowers.  Natalie sowed some Bells of Ireland flower seeds in a 5′ x 4′ plot that should yield enough for the bouquets.

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The community garden officially opened last Thursday evening.  One of the first things we did was  measure out each of the individual plots.  I decided to switch things up a bit from the last garden map that I drew up a few weeks ago. Here is the new map:

As you can see we decided to devote more area for our wedding flowers. We now have 4- 5′ x 4′ plots at the east end of the garden. We will also have 2- 3′ x 6′ plots for the black-eyed susans (Cherry Brandy and Goldilocks). There will be 2- 4′ x 24′ plots that run down the length of the garden. Tomatoes will be planted here. In the middle of the garden we will have 5- 5′ x 5′ plots. One will be for lettuce, one for broccoli/kale, two for herbs (cilantro, basil, oregano, and rosemary), and one for peppers and eggplant. The 6 pepper plants will be planted in the Earth Box. Finally, we will plant our carrots and beets up the entire length of the two tomato plots.

I will post pictures soon…

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This year we will be gardening in a Full Plot (25′ x 30′) at Hunt Park. As some of my blog readers know, Natalie and I are getting married this summer and we are planning to grow our wedding flowers in the garden plot. We are planning to dedicate about 1/3 of the garden to this task, the other 2/3 will be for the multiple veggies that we are growing. We are also going to construct a potato box, and grow some of the peppers in a Earth Box (thank you Cindy!).

There will be a walkway that will run the length of the garden. When you first walk in, there will be 3 tomato types on the left (Nepal, Gooseberry, Brandywine) and 3 tomato types on the right (Green Zebra, Red Pear, and Velvet Red). Next to each tomato plant there will be a row of carrots.

As you walk west in the garden (toward the top of the diagram), on the left is where we will construct our potato box. In that area we will also plant the other 2 tomato types (gold rush currant tomato and sweet pea tomato). The beet area will be on the right – 2 types this year (Bulls Blood and Chioggia).

As you continue West, the next are on the left will be the lettuce, broccoli, and kale patch. As the summer goes by this may used for something else since these things don’t do to well in the summer heat. The herb patch will be on the right (cilantro, basil, rosemary, oregano). I will also place the Earth Box here which will include 2 types of pepper (Bull nose and Quadrato Giallo).

On the west end of the garden is where we are planning to plant our wedding flowers. We are growing 4 types here: Zinnias, Rudbeckia, Bells of Ireland, and Snapdragons.

Throughout the garden we will have some potted Sunflowers that will also be used for our wedding.

That is the plan for now…

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Well after a couple of weeks since my last post things are really starting to grow. I spent this evening mulching around the tomato and pepper plants. The tomatoes are really starting to look good with strong stalks. The peppers are still a little small but should start to grow once we start getting 80-degree + temperatures on a daily basis. Last night we got our first harvest. Natalie and I picked an onion, it was very tasty.

Here are the lastest pics:

The first harvest, a green onion, it was yummy


Green onions

beets

beets
Red Romaine and Little Gem lettuce
Quadrato Asti Giallo Pepper
Gooseberry Tomato
Green Zebra Tomato
Red Brandywine Tomato
Red Pear Tomato
Indian Prince Flowers
Rosa Biance Eggplant
Cilantro
Sunflower
The plot after mulching the tomatoes and peppers
tomatoes and peppers

-Henry David Thoreau

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I went to the garden plot last evening to check on the tomato/pepper seedlings and to water the garden. The seedlings are still looking a little weak, but a few days of sun and not being pounded by heavy rain should help. The beets and onions are really shooting up as is the lettuce. The clouds overhead last night were beautiful, here are some pics:



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I spent the past two evenings transplanting the tomato and pepper seedlings at the garden plot. I decided to transplant 2 plants each of the 5 varieties of tomatoes and peppers. We now have transplanted everything except for the eggplant and some additional beet seeds. Here are some pics of the transplants:

When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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