Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Time To Get Growing!!!

It's finally spring and things are GROWING!!! I love how actions I took last year are echoed in the garden right now.

Back in October I planted garlic! Look at all of their little tops poking through!!!

My grandma told me I could plant horseradish in November!(almost December) She was right!

Last fall when I bought a bushel of squash, one was mushy so I threw it in my flower garden. If you look closely you can still see the stem of the old squash (To the left of the new plant) and the new plants that are sprouting right from it's seeds. The circle of life right there in my garden. Now I can't remember what kind of squash it was (I think butternut) and it's kind of inconvenient having a squash in the flower garden but I may just let it stay there as it is clearly thriving with no intervention from me.

And finally-More pictures of my new garden. I'm not digging any of the beds. I HATE digging beds and I found a new way to build up the beds instead called Lasagna Gardening. Rather than digging, you just pile organic matter up in layers and as it decomposes it makes a nice garden bed without all the work. You do need a lot of organic matter though. I have been using peat moss, grass clippings from my neighbor, and my compost pile. (which is completely depleted now before the last bed is finished) This weekend or next I am going to have some soil delivered to top it all off.

I'm also going to use slate that my friends Kristin and Michale took up at their house for the path through the garden. The little plastic Tupperware is in the garden to protect some seedlings from frost that sprouted from the compost that I put on. Again, some kind of squash-Could be anything really as we had 3 kinds of squash and a lot of pumpkins go into that pile!


Krista said...

I can't wait to get to the new house and get stuff growing!

I am going to try the garlic idea. I have heard that you can grow a bunch of things from your vegetable scraps. Garden Web has threads on the topic every once in a while.

I have a friend who is a master gardener who uses carpet to make her new beds. The fall before, she just lays old carpet down where she wants the beds, and when she is ready to plant in the spring they are ready.

Teamcarbone said...

Chrissy your garden is really coming together nicely. I can't wait to see what you plant in the beds.

Christine said...

It's funny Krista because I also have a parsnip or turnip growing in the compost that I noticed today.

Christine said...

Thanks Kristin! I can't wait to see either. I think at some point this will need a deer fence though.....

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

Looks great! Since we are in a new house this year, I'm going to have to start new beds. I think I'm going to try planting in straw bales this year, and then in the fall I'll change it over into a mix of lasagna gardening and square foot gardening (then it will have the winter to decompose)

Growing up my mom had a HUGE garden.
We would occasionally get tomatoes popping up in odd places, or squash (from the compost). My folks always called them "volunteers".

Christine said...

Oh, that's right, they are called volunteers!

I've seen that straw bale gardening. It always looks really neat. And you are right, it will all decompose really well for next year.

I love square foot gardening. You can grow so many veggies that way!