Garden Extravaganza

>> Wednesday, March 16, 2011

One fabulous thing about living in the south is that we can start gardening so much earlier than everywhere else.  There's an online garden thing called ezgarden that had a free 15 days (after that we pay) but it looks interesting. You tell it your planting zone (I'm in 8A), what kind of plants you want and how many servings per week on it, do layout on your garden space, and then it calculates a schedule and tells you what to do when on a calendar.  For my needs, it had me starting seedlings the first week of January, so that tells you something.

Last year's (and years before that) problem was that we'd grow things and the local critters would gnaw on them before we got a chance to harvest. Last year we only got a total of three tomatoes that we could eat... and that was with three whole plants! So this year - faced with boredom, great weather, a pile of scrap lumber, and angst - I built a structure and covered it in bird netting to keep out the critters.  It is 4 feet deep by 7 1/2 feet wide by 4 feet tall, just great for me. I can reach the top, and Lanse can fit okay enough crouching to still be able to run out and grab something for me later on.  Today I put the final nail in the door, attached the hinges with my me-sized power screwdriver, and voila!  It is finished!


Here's a layout of what I've got in seedlings and somewhere in the mail. I need to make one more trip to the dirt store for some organic soil, and when that's in place I can finish setting up the watering system I bought last fall and never finished.  It's a vacation timer system, but I intend to use it when I'm home to help combat the extreme summer heat. As soon as the plumbing is set, I can get the seedlings in the ground, as most of them are about to outgrow their toilet paper tubes.
I'm so excited!  This year hopefully we'll get to eat a lot more of our own homegrown produce.*

* Yes, I realize that lilacs aren't food, but the fauna thinks it is because it's still small, so I'm keeping it in here as long as it'll fit.

3 comments:

Maggie March 16, 2011 at 5:34 PM  

Jessica, it is going to be an amazing garden!! Best of luck keeping the critters out!! I grew tomatoes 3 years in a row and haven't been able to eat one!!
Maggie

Spike Page March 16, 2011 at 6:15 PM  

Wow you've really planned things through. We're going to put in our vegetable garden in the next week or so and aside from choosing what parts of the yard to till up we've not really planned what we'll be planting where.

I'd kind of like to try some berries too..maybe even an herb garden..but for this year I think we're just going to stick with tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and some field peas.

Anonymous March 16, 2011 at 7:48 PM  

Love your little lay out map too cute need to show me how to make those. You'll do fine with your growing just add water and your done :)

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