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THE GARDEN LIVES!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

HURRAY!!
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For reference, I first posted pics of what the plot looked like before and after I tilled it here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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And a set of progress pics here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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I went straight to my plot after work, and this is what I found:


Yes, that chunk of earth that strongly resembles a prairie full of wildflower is my community garden plot.

After an hour and a half:


Check out the yummy greens that were just waiting to be harvested:


And my tomatoes and peppers are doing really well! In the next couple of days, I think I'll need to invest in those wire tomato stands - the plants have gotten so much bigger!!














There were a LOT of weeds and wildflowers in the plot. I pulled most of them, but the ones along the edge of my plot I did leave - though I cleaned the areas up quite a bit. They were a much prettier barrier than the ugly plastic fences my neighbors were using!







Some of the prettiest flowers came from my radishes and arugula, that had already gone to seed:


And I while a lot of greens were ready to be picked, I still have some plants that will take another week or so to be ready for eating!








The scariest thing, though, was the fact that there were plants I couldn't identify in my plot! In particular, there was a massive plant that looked like it produced either beans or peas - I took some to the City Foods board meeting afterward, and not even my colleagues could identify them! IF you do recognize any of these, as weeds or as edibles, please let me know!!








I'm so excited my plot survived my neglect! If you have any suggestions on what else I could plant, or ways to improve or protect my plants, please share your wisdom!!
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STFRENCH 6/24/2013 7:33AM

    Hurray for the garden!! emoticon

Mine is once again not doing too well, 2nd year in a row.It is simply too cold in Northern England at the moment for anything to grow properly and I don't have a greenhouse to help things along emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 6/23/2013 6:05PM

    Wow! You have been working hard. My radishes started to bolt too due to the rapid warm up. Love your background. Enjoy the produce.

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PEGTIGER 6/22/2013 8:57PM

    Your garden looks great. I am inspired to try a small one next year. I don't know anything about how to do it, but I can learn. We grew corn and broccoli about 20 year ago, but the tiller froze up and never got fixed.

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ALIHIKES 6/22/2013 5:12PM

    Beautiful garden! It is lovely to have home grown veggies

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KALISWALKER 6/21/2013 11:32PM

    What a great way to get started with advice from experienced gardeners. After you harvest veggies you can seed leaf lettuce and it should come in quickly.

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SHARJOPAUL 6/21/2013 10:17AM

    After the weeding it looks great.

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EASTENDCLAM 6/21/2013 4:27AM

    Yum! Well done on spacing out the greens readiness. Start some more in intervals and you'll be in salads all summer long.

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TWNOMWE 6/20/2013 9:12PM

    L00ks like peas but not sure. Great green thumb!!!!

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FISHER011 6/20/2013 8:00PM

    Awesome! You have a natural green thumb! emoticon
I'm so ~HAPPY~ for you- it makes a heart & soul feel good when you give life to plants! Good for you!


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IGSBETH 6/20/2013 11:40AM

    Yay! I'm so glad the garden made it!

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FRENCHIFAL 6/20/2013 11:40AM

    Thanks so much for the support!!

I'm really lucky - the people who run the community garden utilize cover crops to enrich the soil, they taught me how to till, recognize weeds, plant seeds and seedlings, and provide the hay and the compost (though we obviously have to help with the compost piles!) I'm not sure what kind of hay it is, I'll have to ask.

Within a few minutes of posting these pics on Facebook, a couple of fellow gardeners not only told me that the pods were from the radishes gone to seed, they offered to check on my plot and provide some suggestions for improving my plants and properly nurturing my tomatoes and peppers! They even told me what specific fertilizers I could use (all organic, of course) and explained the differences between fast and slow release nitrogen - so I'm learning a lot, even when I make mistakes! It makes it soooo much easier to garden for the first time with this kind of support!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/20/2013 11:38AM

    Happy to see it survived...Looks good.

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MNABOY 6/20/2013 10:17AM

    Rich soil. What kind of hay did you put down? I can't see the leaves or pods well.

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DSHRUBS3 6/20/2013 10:15AM

    I am so glad your plot survived!! Way to go on cleaning it up and nurturing it! I hope you get lots of veggies from it!

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MLH148 6/20/2013 6:45AM

    Glad to see your harvest from neglect. Maybe the universe helps us more than we recognize!

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BRADMILL2922 6/20/2013 1:29AM

    Looking good! I don't have any wisdom when it comes to having a green thumb but it looks like you are doing ok on your own!

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