In the garden. Week 5.

It has been several years since I had a vegetable garden.  I enjoyed it when I had one previously, but life got really busy while I went back to school for my RN degree and then we moved out of the big house on 3 acres.  I completed nursing school several years ago, and we moved one more time, this last time to regular suburban home and lot.  I guess you could say I just sorta moved out of gardening.  In the past 1.5 years I found myself changing careers again.  I left nursing to pursuit hardscape and landscape design for construction business.  Designing landscapes brought me back to gardening.  I spent all of last year changing my own yard (still a work in progress) from what was mostly grass and few hedges to something looking a little more inviting and planned.  So, naturally I started thinking about vegetable gardening again.  I will admit that it was first my husband’s idea, that we put in a vegetable garden.   He knows how much I loved it and he loved the fresh veggies that came out of it.   In addition, I have moved us away from eating non-organic, GMO, and processed foods.  So, 5 weeks ago we broke ground for a raised vegetable bed.

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Our lumber is delivered.

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Layering compost and soil with newspaper as bottom layer.

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I particularly like that these were not only free it is the “Greensheet”.

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Raised bed ready for planting.

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Initial planting.  I thought this was all I would plant in the bed.  Oh boy, was I wrong!

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I have added several more plants to my initial planting.  Merlot grape vine, 3 artichoke plants (which I will move to a bed all their own soon since they take up a lot of space), and lots of scrap vegetables such as lettuce, onions, leeks, and celery.

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I love scrap gardening.  Several plants, will re-root.  I planted the carrots, and only one survived.  But I have a lot of green onions growing  from scraps, in a pot on my porch.   I don’t know if the carrot top will actually grow another carrot.  I’ve read that it will and I’ve read that it won’t.  I’ll keep you posted on that.

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My container garden is doing well.  I keep adding plants here too.  I have recently battled aphids and white moth larva on my kale.  But other than that, no issues really.  Nothing that a little organic insecticidal soap won’t handle.    I am really looking forward to harvesting vegetables.  It looks like a race between a few cherry tomato plants and my yellow squash as to which one will be ready to pick first.

Now that I have the garden in and going well, I want to get a couple hens.  I miss having hens and the fresh eggs they provided.  I know that I am not supposed to have poultry per our HOA rules.  But I seriously don’t see the issue with a couple hens in a well maintained chicken coop.  Hubby wants to agree with me but he’s really concerned that it will upset neighbors.  I think all he remembers from our past with chickens was the occasional pullet that turned out to be a rooster not a hen, and the subsequent 5am cock-a-doodle-do that occurred.    Yah, that would likely upset a few neighbors.  So, until I break and just come home one day with a couple pullets and a chicken coop, I found an answer to my longing for a couple hens.

Meet Olive

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and Lola.  So far these girls haven’t disturbed any neighbors and it makes me long for a couple hens even more each time I see them.  I’ve got a serious case of chicken fever which leads to something called, chicken math.  Which is like that saying about potato chips “You can’t have just one.”

 

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