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Monday, May 16, 2011

The garden

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells, and cockle shells,

And pretty maids all in a row.

Here is my Mother's Day present--my first garden!  My boys built me a raised bed using these directions.  We did some research, and decided on a mix of 1/3 soil, 1/3 manure compost, and 1/3 peat moss for the filler, and we made two worm tube composters like these to add more good stuff to the soil as the garden matures.  We buried a soaker hose, zig-zagged throughout, to make watering easier.  We have hot, dry summers here, and I'm sure we will have to water every day.

Since we got a late start, we bought some plants and only planted three rows of seeds.  Hopefully we will be harvesting some delicious veggies this summer, but it is going to be an experiment and a learning experience since we've never done this.  We are planning to start everything from seed next time and are hoping to save some seeds from our plants, if we can figure out how.

I'll post updates with progress reports as we go along.  It's so exciting to see the changes that have already taken place, as little seedlings have popped up and squash flowers have appeared!


Contessa Kris said...

Ahhh, what a wonderful Mother's Day gift! I'm amazed at the composter worm tubes. I'm going to have to show hubby. How very interesting! Beautiful garden. (Found you via the HV Garden Challenge post.) Stop by and visit my blog!

MissMOE said...

That is a wonderful mother's day project. And everything seems to be growing so well.

Erika said...

It looks beautiful!

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Zonnah said...

That was sweet of them!

Clint Baker said...

Okay, worm tubes. I think I understand. This would be a great way to dump it directly into the soil. Thanks for stopping by and sharing! Stop in often!