Sunday, May 02, 2010

Get Growing

Can I tell you how excited I am about starting a vegetable garden this year? SUPER EXCITED! It's been something I've wanted to do for a long time, and I had a really sub-par set up at my old house, so I am just smiling ear to ear now that I have one and it's been planted. Above you'll find the incredible design my dad put together for me. It's essentially two beds, side by side with an aisle down the center for the lawnmower and perfectly setup so you can weed from inside the fence without having to get into the garden. Genius! It's huge -- enough for all the things we wanted to plant.

If you want to, you can certainly copy this design. It was fairly easy to build. It takes about 4 yards of dirt, which is a LOT! Each yard takes about six wheelbarrows to put into place. Phew! But it also fits enough veggies to (hope hope) feed a small army. We planted:
--2 kinds of squash
--2 kinds of tomatoes
--yellow onions
--2 kinds of strawberries
--Green beans
--Sugar snap peas

I'm probably forgetting something...who knows what will appear!

A couple of important things I learned from my parents, who have gardened for 30 years:
--Pinch off 1/2 of the strawberry's flowers the first year
--Plant squash and pumpkins far apart, or they will cross-polinate and you will have "squmpkins" or "pumpuash"
--Water daily at first
--Get something for your sugar snap peas to climb on
--Don't let in the waskily wabbits...they will eat your green beans
--Don't harvest the asparagus for a couple of years; when you cut it, cut below the surface

So what are you waiting for...GET GROWING! It's so much fun! If you are way ahead of me, tell me, what are you growing? What's your favorite thing about having a veggie garden?


KristenMary said...

Whoa! That's hardcore. Can't wait to see photos as the summer goes on. Good luck!

Jen said...

Love, love, love it! Can your folks come build that at my house? I'm definitely going to start asparagus this year.

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ellen said...

Wow! I can't wait to see more pics as thing start to grow. We put most of our garden in this weekend and were discussing raised beds for next year because there is so much clay. I may be asking your for your plans next spring!