4/23/13

An Earth Day Garden

The planting of B and LMAM's garden is just another example of the beauty of perfect timing.  The Delta's rainy spring has pushed us back and pushed us back to where yesterday was our first opportunity to plant.  What was yesterday? 

Earth Day.  

How cool?  We planted our garden on earth day!  

You know what else was yesterday?  The fitting of my temporary crown.  OK so that part wasn't very cool but it did have me available to start planting a little bit earlier, droopy face and all. 

Here's a peek at our little plot of land:
Landscapers cloth with soaker hoses snaked underneath.  That little guy poking through is a blueberry bush.  Don't worry, we've got a second so they can do their thing and cross pollinate.  


The loot:  Tomatoes (Cherokee purples, grapes, better boys (or maybe big boys?  It's starting to all run together)), cucumbers, eggplants, peppers (jalapeno, banana, red bell, green bell, chocolate bell, yellow bell), okra, squash, zucchini squash, strawberries. 

Up close and personal:  I'm really looking forward to this guy. A chocolate beauty bell pepper.  

We can't forget our garden mascots:  
 Jack the Beagle!

And you all know Big Browne the Akita.  Might I add how lovely he looked up next to Brantley's flowering trees.  As Win said "he's a spring like his Mama."  Speaking of Win, she and Malone and Brandon were also gardening mascots but I didn't snap any pictures of them.  

Since this is my first vegetable garden I'll be documenting progress and success and failures and thoughts.  Here are a few to start us off. 

::  My partner in growth, Brantley, has two degrees in plants so that should be helpful.  She's the one that is hip to things like landscapers cloth and soaker hose.  It's also her yard so she's got a lot going for her.  Be sure to check out her facebook page and contact her for any landscaping needs! 

::  Cucumbers have to grow up things.  Like pieces of molding propped up on the fence.   

::  To grow stuff through the landscapers fabric you simple cut and X through the fabric and put the little guy in there.  Captain Obvious here, sure, but I really have no idea what I'm doing. 

::  A little bit of fertilizer was placed around the neck of each plant and then the soaker hoses were turned on to give them a good, well, soaking.  

::  Gardens should be watered in the morning or in the evening so that there's less heat to evaporate the water.  The landscapers cloth should also help with this.  

::  Worms in your soil are a good thing, means it's good and healthy.  We've got more worms towards the fruit/squash/pepper section than the tomato/eggplant/cucumber section.

::  Brantley had the coolest gardening tool I've ever seen, I'm envious of it.  I can't remember the name of it or find a picture of it but it looked kind of like a cross between a gardening tool and a weapon. 

::  We need a name for our garden.  Any suggestions? 
    
Here we go now!  Garden 2013!  Woohoo!  Any advice, tips or jokes you have about gardening would be much appreciated, as always. 

In closing, here is the Prayer for Agriculture from the Book of Common Prayer.  It's lovely:     

Almighty God, we thank you for making the earth fruitful, so that it might produce what is needed for life: Bless those who work in the fields; give us seasonable weather; and grant that we may all share the fruits for the earth, rejoicing in your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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