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Sunday, March 21st, 2010
9:32 pm
I decided to go with tomatoes in the actual 4'x4' plot (one yellow pear, one grape, one Roma, one Early Girl). The little holes that make up the cinderblocks that keep the garden raised I choose to go with marigolds and basil on the E, W, and S walls, and dwarf sunflowers on the N side. :-)
My other 2 plots (also 4'x4') simply need to finish out the last of the winter crops (spinach, brocolli, and romaine lettuce), and they'll be turned over for cucumbers, pumpkins, watermelon, beans, and cantalope.
I can't wait!!

Current Mood: content
Sunday, July 6th, 2008
10:50 am
Copied from my personal LJ:

Garden update:

Volunteer sunflower (we think) is about four feet high.

I finally got impatient and picked the one carrot that actually grew -- it was too teeny to even eat. Oh, well. I'll have to tell the little boy who planted it that I messed up and picked it too soon.

The cauliflower is flowering -- it never made a head of cauliflower, but the flowers are beautiful.

There's a big, fat blossom on one of the zucchini plants, and tons of buds on all of them. I think zucchini will be successful.

There are 20 or so flowers on the tomato plant.

There are 20 or so strawberries, in varying stages of ripeness, and I finally harvested our first strawberry -- that is, the first one that didn't get eaten by slugs the second it started to turn red. It only took three years to get that one strawberry! :-)

Let's see, what else? Oh, yes, the bean plant looks like it's doing fine. I may plant a couple more hills of zucchini, though, if that's going to be the real thriver in this garden.

Oh! And the apple tree has hundreds of lovely apples on it. In a couple months, I'm thinking we'll have a lot of pie and strudel around here.
Friday, April 18th, 2008
5:25 pm
I have now got lettuce sprouts, and beans, and carrots where there were none a few weeks ago (from seed -- so exciting!). Also, the strawberries and purple cauliflower are doing really well, and the tomato seems to be doing fine.
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
6:48 pm
Garden, yay!
[Posted a few places; sorry if you see dupes.]

Well, I've been doing the garden in short bursts to keep from burning out, and I finally have the whole square-foot plot planted. I'll take pictures soon, but here's what I have planted:

rainbow chard?violet queen cauliflowerlettucerainbow bush beans
rainbow chard?violet queen cauliflowerviolet queen cauliflowerrainbow bush beans
red carrotsred carrotsmomotaro tomatoesfino verde basil
yellow onionsstrawberriesbeetsbeets

I only planted one tomato plant this year. I know tomatoes won't do all that well in my plot because of all the shade, but I can't seem to let go of the need to have fresh tomatoes. Maybe I'll plant some more in containers in stonebender's back yard (with his permission, of course) and see if they can handle only being tended once a week.

The "rainbow chard?" is because I planted some seeds that had spilled in my seed box, and I *think* they're chard, but I don't know for sure.

Oh, and since the last time I was there, there are suddenly leaves on the apple tree!

Current Mood: happy
Monday, March 3rd, 2008
3:21 pm
Back in the garden
[posted to my LJ and a couple gardening groups; apologies if you see it more than once.]

Well, it wore me out, as I thought it would, but I took it relatively easy. Spent a half hour weeding just my square-foot box. Tomorrow, I'll do a half hour in my plot and a half hour in the common areas. I'm shooting for an hour a day this way, 2-3pm. It made me really happy to see that the strawberry plant that twostepsfwd gave me is still thriving; I hope we get berries this year!

Sadly, the frog in the userpic got broken while I was away from the garden. Perhaps I will buy a new mascot.

Today, I'll do some plannin'. Tomorrow, some plantin'. Yay! Garden!

Current Mood: peppy
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
12:23 am
Volunteer Work-site

I do some volunteer work here. They practice bio-dynamics, are certified organic, sell their wares at a farmer's market, and are trying to be self sufficient. I know this isn't quite SFG but I just wanted to share. Mods feel free to remove if this is too far off the mark.

Sunday, June 17th, 2007
6:49 pm
Seed Saving?
Has anyone in here done anything with seed saving, heirloom / organically certified seeds? Book recommendations? Pointers?

Current Mood: chipper
Monday, April 16th, 2007
5:58 pm
Yay, garden!
[posted to my personal journal, norcalgardening, gardensnotgas, sq_ft_garden, and sq_ft_gardening. My apologies if you see it five times.]

So far, no garden pics (I haven't been in a picture-taking mood lately), but there's lots of garden joy this week. Last Friday, choirboypuppy came by to help me with some weed removal and planting, and to keep the garden cat company.

So far, the grid isn't nearly full, but it looks like this (tonight I'll plan what to put in the empty spaces):

pending pending 1 tomato (black zebra) 1 tomato (super sweet 100)
pending pending pending 1 sweet basil
pending reserved for slug trap (yeast/sugar mixture) pending pending
1 verbena (still there from last year) 1 strawberry (also from last year) pending pending

My goal is to go over there every day for at least a quick visit, and so far I'm doing well. Today, I laid down copper tape and pulled a few tiny weeds, along with watering the plot. Tomorrow, I plan to water the plot, water the butterfly-attractor plant I bought for the garden fence, put up my twine dividers, place my slug trap, and plant some seeds.

We'll see how it goes.
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
1:06 pm
Hello All
I have come to play in the dirt with you. My name is Dave, I live in Indiana, USA. I used the Square Foot Method last year and liked it, so much so I am giving up my 30 by 40 foot garden to go to this. Since it has been so nice here in January, I went outside and marked 6 4x4 beds, cut and flipped the sod, and I should be ready to lightly till when Spring comes.

I can't believe it has been so nice here this year, it will go to crap soon I am sure. It makes it hard not to have Spring fever...

Cross posted to sq_ft_gardening as well.
Saturday, October 21st, 2006
4:20 pm
I realize this is a long shot, but I'm doing a research project in marketing and need some insight. We are creating the media plan (what media to use, and who to appeal to) for an organic gardening store, that specializes in environmentally friendly soils, fertilizers, and pesticides. My part of the project is to learn more about and understand the consumer market, so I had a few questions about
gardeners. I would appreciate it if you had the time to answer a few of them, if you know the answers off the top of your head. I hope it's not
too much trouble.

I'm just looking for insight into the types of people that garden, why they garden, and where
It is used as a release, is it a hobby, is it something you learned from your family, is it a form of bonding with children, do you take pride in your garden, why do you like having a garden/ gardening? Are there any other hobbies you partake in that you consider to be related to gardening. Do you just grow potted plants or do you have a full garden in a yard? Where do you get your gardening supplies, where do you find tips, are you part of a local gardening community? When did you start gardening, how much time a day do you spend gardening? And also, when you look at advertising, what form of media would make a greater impact on your gardening purchasing decisions? tv, radio, billboards, free samples?

Things like that, or anything else you might want to add.

Sorry if this is innappropriate to ask.
I just thought I'd give it a try.
you can comment back or e-mail me at suzy@austin.rr.com

thanks so much!
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
12:11 pm
Behind the cut, a few photos of the garden. The ones of the tomato flowers and the Chinese broccoli didn't come out, but here are five photos of what I've come to call "my plant babies". someotherguy is going to watch over them while I'm gone, and when I get back, I'm hoping for some tomatoes, at the very least. Looks like the beets will really yield, too. Here's hoping!

Plant babies!Collapse )
Thursday, July 6th, 2006
11:40 pm
More marigolds are sprouting. Also three out of four lettuces, and TONS of beets. Happy happy, and I got to show dryadgrl around the garden, and she was so cute and happy about it that it made me even gladder about the whole thing. We ate little samples of stuff as we went -- mint, mostly -- and it was so cool. She tasted my apple, and I don't mean that in a smutty way.

She and I also spent a fair bit of time bonding over finding really wonderful paople to love, and listening to each other about stuff, and talking over each other, and laughing, and eating. Mmmm, mangos! Mmmmmmm.
Monday, July 3rd, 2006
9:12 pm
Behind the cut, more garden pictures. This time, I took some photos of other people's plots and some of the common area. I think the whole thing is looking so pretty right now. Next, I should make myself a gardening icon. Maybe Mr. Froggy wouldn't mind.

more photosCollapse )
5:23 pm
Garden stuff
Yay, seedlings!

Chinese broccoli (*wave at stonebender*), lettuce, and marigolds are sprouting. And my new sprayer head gives me a nice, fine mist that doesn't disturb my soil. Happy happy.

(I thought of mulching the tomatoes, but I'm there every day to water and weed, if necessary, so I'm gonna pass for now.)

My froggy wants a less weedy place to sit, though, and I want a nice beach chair or papasan for sitting under the tree.

Might've watered the tree too much -- lots of fruit flies under it today. Is that bad?
Friday, June 30th, 2006
7:48 am
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
6:22 am
When I got home last night, someotherguy had *already built the garden box*! I knew it was a possibility, but he didn't mention it on the way home, so I was completely prepared to make the box after dinner. It is lovely! Behind the second cut below, you can see photos.

Took the box to my plot, filled it with Mel's Mix, and came home to eat pork chops and rest for a bit.

I went over and blocked off my squares, and now they're all planted. Behind the first cut is a representation of what's planted where. (Eggplant will come later, as it has to be started inside, and bush beans will go in when something else is harvested or something. I got so many gifts that I didn't have room for everything, and I'm not gonna overplant.

I took off my shoes and walked in the moist earth, and it took me back to the days on the commune, but this time, I wasn't helping in someone else's garden -- this time I was growing what will please me and my family, and I felt all those feelings that make me start talking woo-woo language -- that connectedness, that sense that my roots go into the earth, all that stuff that for me requires absolutely no belief in a deity or a sentient earth. Anyway, it was glorious.

the table is behind this cut -- just imagine that the squares are the same size; I've forgotten how to do that in HTMLCollapse )


Three pictures of our garden-in-progressCollapse )
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
8:12 am
garden economy
So my total cost for this garden has been $108 and change. It would have been more if people hadn't so graciously given me stuff, and I don't foresee any major expenditures for the rest of the year. I've already gotten well over a hundred dollars' worth of hobby fun out of it, and if I get some lovely fresh tomatoes out of it, even better.
Monday, June 26th, 2006
7:03 pm
My hands are stinging from something sting-y in the weed pile. My fingers are pierced with rose thorns. I'm hot and sweaty and stinky, and I'll bet you can guess the next part -- I'm *oh* *so* *happy*.

someotherguy did TONS of work, unsolicited. Our garden is much less weedy than it was last night. My adorable solar-powered light-up-bellied frog is ensconced in his new corner. Some snails are really pissed at me. My box parts are in the plot waiting to be put together (either tomorrow morning or evening). By tomorrow night, there will be a garden. I am elated.

(The box looks so much smaller in its context. My plot really is huge in comparison to what I was expecting. I am not going to give in to the temptation to overplant, though. One thing at a time.)
11:31 am
The plants I shall be planting
6 different tomato plants (thank you, cassidyrose and ptor!)
strawberries and verbena (thank you, twostepsfwd!
loose leaf lettuce
anaheim chilis
chinese broccoli
thai basil
tricolor bush beans
possibly favas
japanese eggplant

8:35 am
NPE (New Project Energy)
So all I think about these days, it sometimes seems, is my garden. What shall I plant, how shall I build my box, and so on. I am more functional than I usually am when I'm in Noo Luv mode, but my mind is impatient to think about the garden when I'm forcing it to think about other things.

My partners are being so cute and sweet and helpful with it, too, so it's been really pure joy getting this thing going. stonebender took me shopping yesterday and let me burble at him for hours. sogwife is a fount of good advice and enthusiasm. someotherguy thinks it's cute that I'm all bouncy about it, and has offered to help with the scut work. (Luckily, this Square Foot thing means there's very little scut work.) Oh, and loracs lent me her weedwhacker, in addition to sweetly trading cars with me yesterday so stonebender and I could be all Tool Time-y.

Tonight: clear the junk from the plot and go to it with a weedwhacker (saving the Love in a Mist for sogwife

Tomorrow: Put down cardboard or something as a weed barrier and build the box; Fill the box and mark off the square-foot sections; Plant the tomatoes, strawberries, and verbena.

Wednesday: Plant the seeds

From then on, instant happiness, just add water.

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