Tuesday, March 30, 2010

the lazy garden (part 1)

i decided that because A) i am pregnant with my third child and 2) we got a late-ish spring start and F) i am lazy that we would forego all the seeds and trimming and waiting and just plant baby plants for our garden this year. the problem is that it is expensive...i feel so lavish planting a plant, rather than a seed...this is probably the last year we will do this too, i think because we had to dig everything up and add all the soil and all that we wanted the actual planting part to be somewhat instant gratification....and it was/is...(here is a pic of Bodie who "helped" with the garden...he likes to be one with the earth...

so here is the "before" pic (someone had planted an herb garden that got severely overgrown):
and here is the "after" pic:
some additional notes/specifics...

we used Mel's Mix (1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 organic compost) again - only this time we got it pre-mixed! we got it from a lady in fullerton and if you are interested in knowing where - email me (carleekajsa at gmail dot com) and i will give you her info (it was at her house and $10 a bag)  - i cant tell you the time it saved...not just from mixing, but from tracking down all the different ingredients and having to determine how much of each we would need since they all come in different cubic feet sizes....the math hurt my brain a bit. (my girlfriend Jen the SFG diva tells me that Lowe's here in LB may be selling it pre-mixed soon too!)

We used also the Square Foot Gardening techniques...(which we did last year - read the post here)

we made sure to plant a little of everything that we use a lot...strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, corn, green onions, watermelon, artichoke, lettuce, spinach, basil, green beans....

i always underestimate the time it takes to garden...this little plot took all day to dig up and re-soil and plant and i didn't even finish planting until the next day! but i am quite pleased with the result...now we just need to be patient before we can reap the benefits!

1 comment:

Kaci Lundgren said...

You go, girl! I can't believe you are doing all this with 2 little boys, pregnant, and running a business. It's a little inspiring...but our growing season is short here. I just want you to know that I will be a little jealous when you show the fruit (and veggies) of your labor. (yes, that was a corny pun)