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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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Seedling update…

The tomato seedlings are now a few weeks old and are really starting to take off as most now have their true leaves.  Below are some photos taken about a week apart.  Notice that some of the plants still have their cotyledon (the little seed sack attached to the first set of leaves).

-What a difference a week makes…  The photo on the left was taken on March 23, about 9 days later the plants begin getting their true leaves.

-I love these 2 photos, again shot about 9 days apart. Notice the additional set of leaves on the tomato plants on the right.

-The photo on the left was taken after 1 week,  the cotyledon still attached.  At this point in the plant development it is still getting its energy from the reserves stored in the seed.  The photo on the right was shot 9 days later. The cotyledon is gone and it has its true leaves. The plant is now getting its energy via photosynthesis rather than the energy stored energy in the cotyledon.

To see more photos click on the links below:

Seedlings on March 23

Seedlings on April 1

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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


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
The plot after mulching the tomatoes and peppers
tomatoes and peppers

-Henry David Thoreau

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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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Garden plot on 5.24

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