Veggie Garden Update

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  April 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

I don’t have much to write about today, which is part of why I’m posting later than normal (mostly it’s because Jack is teething and driving me B-A-N-A-N-A-S), but I wanted to show you an updated pic of my veggie garden.

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You can see that some grass is coming up, and I decided to cover the lower four squares for now unless I decide to plant something in them (I just tacked down some cardboard). I did sow some basil and okra the other day in two empty squares. Here’s the updated layout.

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I forgot to add the sugar snap peas to the diagram above, but you can see them coming up gangbusters next to the tomatoes. That’s the quickest I’ve ever had anything come up from seed! The lettuce and spinach are not really doing much. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s already too warm for them or because I used seeds left over from last year. And so far the asters are looking much better than the zinnias (or lack thereof). I’m still planning to add some marigolds if I find myself in the seed aisle! I looked the other day when I went to pick up Jack’s swing and that’s when I got the basil and okra, but I couldn’t find any marigold seeds.

Also, an update on my new compost bin! I moved about half of my pile into it the other day. The old pile had packed itself down quite a bit, but once I got it all stirred up there was a lot more there than I thought. I filled the entire trashcan and the old pile still looks as big as it did before I started. Maybe as the stuff in the trashcan breaks down into compost I can fill it with more materials from my pile until it’s all gone. I’ve been doing a good job of collecting kitchen scraps in a container in my fridge and bringing them out to the conveniently located compost “bin” every few days. The lid does pop off when I try to roll it around the yard, though, so I’ll look for a bungee cord next time I’m at the dollar or hardware store.

Can anyone advise me on the best way to battle the grass without hurting my plants? After this growing season I think I’ll cover the whole bed with several layers of newspaper and cardboard, but what to do until then?

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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