Jun. 3, 2008 at 5:58pm

Sunshine on my Veggies Makes me Happy

especially after a nice rain shower

We finally got our garden box built and some starts planted on Saturday. Today's rain and sunshine should do wonders for my new babies.

We used all previously used materials for our garden box. Well, we used new screws and nails! The wood all came from a fence that blew over in the 2006 wind storms. It isn't a beautiful box, but it isn't bad! Neither of us have much building experience, so we are pretty proud. We plan to make it look a little more finished by adding some rails around the outside top edge.

We filled the box with dirt from other projects in our yard, mixed with some Tagro and some compost from a really old, huge compost box in our yard that the previous owners left for us. It has blackberry bushes growing out of it currently, and branches piled on top, so we weren't able to harvest much compost. The trip to get Tagro was much less complicated than I expected. We just put some plastic bins in the back of my hatchback, which we filled for free. Tagro even has shovels to use. The bins have lids, so my car doesn't  stink and we were able to combine errands in the 43 mpg biodeisel vehicle instead of the gas hog pickup.

We obtained starts from a variety of sources. Rick's generous and helpful co-worker, Dee, provided beans, cucumber, zucchini, Walla Walla onion, lettuce, spinach, a mystery pepper, chives, cilantro, dill, thyme, and chocolate mint. There were too many bean plants and onions for my little box, so I set some of the plants out on the curb. Within two days they were all gone -- so cool.

We picked up more starts at the Proctor Farmers Market: more lettuce, two tomato plants, basil, and a pepper plant from Left Hand Organics and an eggplant and a yellow pepper from another vendor.  I have a tiny bit of space left at the back of the box, by the fence, and am hoping to fill it with a snap pea plant or two. There is barely room in my box for all of the vegetables, but I planted the zucchini, cucumber and eggplant on the end where they can, hopefully, overflow over the side of the box. I'm really hoping that it isn't too crowded. I planted the herbs in separate pots that will eventually go on our deck, when we build it, sometime this summer.

Here is some of  my lettuce, looking happy after the rain.

Can't wait to see how it grows!


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by chrism39 on 6/3/2008 @ 7:35pm
That is so cool!


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