Adventures in Gardening: Planting!
After lots of planning and sweating, my garden is finally planted! I spent many hours working on it last week, including 5 hours spent last Sunday out there with my husband laying everything out and planting the first row. (I finished the rest of the rows later that week.) That’s why the posting here on the blog was almost nonexistent last week. I was too busy to do anything else except the gardening and my normal mommy/homemaker duties! Sometimes it takes a lot of time to be crunchy. :)
If you want details, here are a few:
Total gardening space (not including the walking paths) – 560 square feet
Plants: 16 tomato plants, 26 basil plants, 12 bell pepper plants, 3 golden squash, 3 zucchini, 4 eggplant, 2 each of: watermelon, butternut squash, sweet passion melon, and North GA Candy Roaster winter squash. LOTS of borage and marigolds (both are natural pest deterrents.) There are lots of pole beans, and even more bush beans. There are also lots of other herbs planted throughout the garden as well. I used this website to decide how many of each item to grow. (Incidentally, I was planning for 9 people.)
Laying out the Garden
We used bamboo poles to lay out the different rows. I have trouble visualizing things, so it really helped me to be able to see the rows.
Getting the Ground Ready
After we laid out the rows so we knew where we could and couldn’t walk, we prepped the ground. It had already been tilled, so the soil was loose. We still needed to work on a few low places where the tiller hadn’t worked as well. Unfortunately we discovered that most of the first row must’ve been a low spot, because we weeded it for a LONG time. The rest of the rows were great, though. I also added some natural fertilizer—bone meal and blood meal—before we planted.
Ready to Plant
After all the rows were prepped, we started planting. The most valuable tool we had during this process, besides the plan I printed out from Grow Veg, was a tape measure. We used a tape measure to measure between the plants and make sure we were laying out everything just like I had planned it. Another valuable tool would’ve been sunscreen. I stupidly did not put any on and gor a very bad sunburn. My lesson has been learned. I had forgotten how uncomfortable a sunburn is.
After we got everything planted, I watered the little seeds. We’ve since set up a sprinkler in the middle of the garden that will water the whole garden without me having to stand out there.
A Tip for those of you who live below the Gnat Line – You’ll notice my “interesting” hair style. I put my hair up on my neck to keep cool, but left the hair down around my ears so that way the gnats wouldn’t be buzzing around them and bothering me. Sigh. I guess I really am living in the South.
The final picture from Sunday. One final tip: I put metal poles at the end of my rows so that way I could keep the garden hose from getting dragged over my plants when I was watering. It works like a charm. It doesn’t show in the picture above, but I’ve since added some fencing wire in between the poles to keep the kids out of my rows! Seems they didn’t really understand the whole concept of staying on the walking path.
I’m so excited to have everything planted!! I planted the garden a week ago now and I’ve already got beans, squash, and lots of herbs coming up. I get ridiculously excited every time I discover a new seedling. I can’t wait to see how all this turns out! I’m hoping to have enough of a harvest this summer to feed my family and some extended family, as well as having a little leftover to giveaway to people at my church.