Monday, March 23, 2009

Planting Begins and of course and New Plan!

We started planting a little earlier than planned last week when we went to go check out the seedling stock at the HD. We figured hey we'll look around at what all they have in stock and find out when the delivery truck will be there next.

Little did we know or plan for him to be sitting there and all too willing to take our list and pull fresh stock off his truck. He really was quite nice about it and even went searching for specific varieties.

Of course we really were not intending to plant yet so of course plans had to be changed.

Now to back track a bit, cause I'll have more on the actual planting next week....

Shoveling poo sucks.

Our soil blend consisted of 4 parts MiracleGro flower and veggie soil, 2 parts steer manure, 2 parts peat moss and 1.5 parts compost (that had a variety of assorted poos in it).

We blended roughly 29 cubic feet of that mess over 3 days. Boy can my shoulders tell it too.

But we got it all in the boxes and pots and all ready for seeds and seedlings.

This is the small lettuce and herb box, it's since been moved to a sunnier location.

This is the beans and strawberries box, the trellising is done with pvc pipe and bird netting.

The far box is the yellow squash and zucchini, the closer has cukes, peppers, carrots and onions.

You can also see how small our yard is and how you can you know hear everything your neighbors do.

And now for the new plan layout. I've also added a widget for to the sidebar over there, if you click through and become a member I gets points. It really is a cool software, I've already plotted our garden and started notating planting dates and expected harvest dates. Click to make it readable size.

That's it for this week, I've got a load of photos to format of our plantings to do before posting them, but things are looking good.


  1. All that hard work will pay off. Will you be poking any morning glory seeds beside the beans? I always liked to mix my flowers and veggies. Look forward to following your progress. Welcome to Blotanical!

  2. We're actually doing a double row of beans one on each side of the trellising. We've got honeysuckle and a "purple vine" growing along the back fence that I want to add morning glory to.

  3. Hi Sami,
    I'm so impressed (and interested) in the way you made your garden boxes...this is an idea I haven't seen before. I have seen the raised beds where the wood is built directly on the ground...but your idea is different. Also, the idea of a garden-planning site has piqued my curiosity! I am going to visit! If I find it useful for my own purposes, I definitely will join; I'll let ya know;-) You certainly have your work cut out for you! I wish you lots of success with your veggies this summer. I haven't tried to grow veggies other than tomatoes, which any uneducated flower gardener can basically do (maybe not 'great' but at least those are 'doable'). I am not at all capable of other veggies! I AM experimenting w/'flower' seedlings, however, and have salvia, petunias, impatiens, and several others that I am going to do a post on very soon because they are really doing well! Anyway...I wish you much success!

  4. Thank you so much Jan. The idea really isn't that different than building say a window box. We've got the fence boards underneath spaced for drainage and then just put the boxes up onto plain old cheap bricks to help the drainage even more. We rent so we couldn't tear up the grass but this way we get the veggies and the boxes that are movable.