Organic Garden

Friday, May 27, 2005

more dig

double-dug the rest of area 2, full texturising with compost and sand. rebuilt fence to encompass all of area 1 and 2. ready to finish fence around area 3 as well. area 3 started to weed, but need to finish it.

area 1 update:
A: tomatoes are coming! many fruits are seen, still very small tho. carrots and onions are doing great, have harvested many with great success. chives also taste great. yellow pepper plants look ok, but no sign of fruit or flowers.

B: bean plants are covering most of the lattices, but no flowers yet. several cucumber plants are doing quite well also. potatoes are the most suprising, growing into a rather large patch on both edges.

C: corn is growing well, taller ones are 12-18 inch now. tried planting new seeds along the edges, since transplants aren't doing well. need to feed.

D: many strawberries coming now.. they are still green tho. harvested some spinach leaves for a tasty salad, leaving room for more to grow. cabbage and bok choi are also coming, but hard to distinguish from weeds sometimes.

to do:
o weed area 3
o finish fence
o make gates
o plant area 2
o irrigate area 2
o transplant more bok choi and cabbage into less crowded 1D.. thin other parts.

Monday, May 16, 2005

more digging, planting

dug plot 2A, full texturizing with compost and sand. planted more corn seeds along the outside of the corn rows. trained beans along lattice.

to do:
o soil test 2A, fertilise accordingly
o dig 2B & 2C
o set up watering for area 2
o transplant greens into 1D
o transplant lentils into 2A
o plant melons and squash in 2B & 2C

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

wow! plants!

plot A: very thick with greenery. tomatoes are flowering, and getting very tall and thick. double tied them to their stakes. about 12 plants have survived, several of which already have 15-20 flowers. onions are also doing well, and have harvested several greens, still allowing the bulb to grow larger. carrots are growing well and can be harvested at any time.. cut the greens off to try to thin out the plot. some chives growing well, too.. but no rush to harvest, can take them a bit at a time as needed.

plot B: planted potatoes on the edges, and trained beans up their poles. several beans are growing up near the top of the lattice, will train them to grow out and cover the entire lattice. many cucumbers died, but some remain in between the bean lattices and on the other edges. potatoes growing extremely well on the left and right sides.

plot C: transplanted in more corn started at work, and still lots of corn plants starting to grow up inside this plot. most around 6 to 9 inch spacing, so we'll see if they need to be thinned as they get taller or not.

plot D: has been weeded and double-dug, full texturizing with sand and plenty of compost. left the rose bush in the corner of the plot. fertilised entire plot with blood meal. transplanted in spinach and strawberries started at work, and transplanted in storebought strawberries and lavender. strawberries started from seed did not last, and most spinach died as well, but several plants remain and continue to grow. also planted seeds from Greta's organic seed depot, baby bok choi and chinese cabbage.

added fence posts and supported fences, and spread them apart accross area 1 and area 2. spread bird netting accross both fences, attached with nylon zip ties to the fences and held down on the edges by 2x4s. improved watering system by switching from bubblers to 360 sprayers. added PVC watering system, with space for 2 more octopus manifolds (areas 2 and 3). PVC is self supporting with 4-way Ts and 1 foot PVC sections with caps. weeded all of area 1.

to do:
o weed and double dig area 2 plot A (have sand and compost already)
o start lentil seeds