Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Garden Peeking

I finally got the whole garden (except some flowers) planted.  Those would be finished, too except we've had daily rain.  So I decided to share some before/after shots with you.
The only seeds I plant directly into the garden are carrots, radishes, beets, turnips, peas and beans.  And potatoes, of course--seed potatoes.  Everything else gets a big head start in the greenhouse since I am so late getting into the garden:

This is what the whole garden looked like.  Notice the weeds are growing where veggies ought to be.

 First the onions.  They got a haircut to about 3-4" long.  In front of them are Lemon Gem tagetes marigolds and blue violas.
Next, the cucumber bed:  at the top, are 2 rows of beets and 2 rows of carrots--the carrots interplanted with radishes--no maggots in radishes when planted with carrots, and the radishes will be harvested within a month, leaving lots of room for the carrots.  The center row has snapdragons (see the color?) and dill interplanted with Lemon Gem marigolds which do a great job of keeping the aphids away from the dill.

 Bone meal in the holes which have already been watered 3 times and the soil allowed to drain away (roots follow moisture).
 And a smidge of Epsom salts for magnesium.
Then cover the plants with dry soil so the sun can't wick the moisture out of the ground.
And voilà!  an instant cucumber garden.  More snapdragons at the foot of the bed.
Check back in a couple of days, so I can go out and photograph the rest of the garden.
 I even managed to weed some flower beds in the rain, since kneeling on the grass only got my knees wet, not muddy.

See ya later!

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