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My very first garden

Post  Miss Mousie on 11/5/2010, 1:13 am

So I spent all spring and summer (sort of) building my garden "cage" with my husband, to keep out all of the critters. So I missed the spring planting season. WELL...... I made sure I didn't miss the fall planting season. I didn't have time to plant from seed so I bought seedlings some of which were "ugly" plants left over from the spring/summer season. Like the basil and the cabbage. Both were spindly bedraggled looking things and look at them now. I pruned up the basil and viola! look at how pretty. The cabbage just needed some dirt and water and they took off. I also planted broccoli, swiss chard, spinach, lettuce, cauliflower, bell pepper and of course marigolds.

I've very proud of my garden and can't wait to start harvesting. I've been harvesting lettuce and spinach and I've had a couple of sad looking red bell peppers. Right now I just have 2 4X4 boxes but I have plans for more by spring.









Thanks for looking!

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Post  Chopper on 11/5/2010, 2:14 am

Your boxes are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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Post  duhh on 11/5/2010, 2:32 am

Beautiful garden! Glad things are going so well for you. If you are like me you are now bitten by the gardening bug! I can't wait till spring planting when I can expand my beds again. Keep us posted on all your gardening fun!
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Post  camprn on 11/5/2010, 6:35 am

Congratulations on a successful garden season, your plants look great and I know they are going to be delicious! alrighta
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Post  dixie on 11/5/2010, 6:45 am

Everything looks great & I know how excited & proud you are.
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Post  Dunkinjean on 11/5/2010, 8:03 pm

Congratulations!!

Your garden looks healthy and yummy..

Very Happy
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Post  Miss Mousie on 11/5/2010, 9:16 pm

Thanks, I can't wait until the big harvest whenever that will be. Until then I'll just keep harvesting lettuce, spinach and swiss chard.

I think I'm really going to like this gardening thing once I get the hang of it. flower
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Post  quiltbea on 11/5/2010, 11:57 pm

You should be proud of your first garden efforts. You've done very well.
Everything looks strong and healthy.
Good going!
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Re: My very first garden

Post  acara on 11/6/2010, 7:19 am

Wow ....

Wow ....

Wow ...


I'm always amazed at the talent of others.


Getting that to grow is one thing .... getting that to grow and look that neat/pretty ...


Wow.


I don't think I would have the heart to harvest it, if my SFG box was that pretty.
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Verrrry prety!!!

Post  marinal on 11/7/2010, 11:50 pm

The box is beautiful and the plants are so healthy looking! I am envious. I always had problems with bugs in my row garden. Keep it up! Great job!!!
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Post  Megan on 11/8/2010, 6:38 pm

What BEAUTIFUL boxes... everything looks absolutely wonderful. Congratulations!!!
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Post  Miss Mousie on 11/8/2010, 8:12 pm

Thanks for the compliments. The boxes are made out of redwood and then I just planted a mish mash of seedlings from the nursery. I am starting to have problems with cabbage worms, I'm going to get some BT to see if that will help.

The broccoli heads are starting to peek out from the leaves. Cauliflower is still growing slow. We've been getting some great rain storms and that is helped with growth spurts. It's getting cold too though so we'll see that that does.
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Beautiful!

Post  ander217 on 11/8/2010, 8:20 pm

Gorgeous boxes, MM.

What is growing in your black buckets? Especially the one that looks yellow or pale green? I love all the contrast of colors.
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Post  Aub on 11/8/2010, 9:47 pm

That looks great! Mine never was that pretty. I missed the good growing season. But next spring I am jumping in!
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Post  Miss Mousie on 11/8/2010, 9:59 pm

I'm growing herbs in the black buckets. Rosemary, thyme, mint, oregano. The yellowish one is Golden Oregano. I haven't used any yet. I'm not sure if they will make it through the winter. I hope they do. I bought them all as ugly plants at the nursery, they were all dried out and half dead and I planted them, watered them and they grew.......go figure.

I missed the spring/summer growing season but planted most of these plants the last part of August/first part of September. I was determined not to miss the fall growing season. This is my practice season, just to see what it's all about. Learned one thing........my garden is not immune to pests, darn!
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Post  quiltbea on 11/9/2010, 1:03 pm

I used light row cover over my cabbages this year and I didn't have the damage from flea beetles everyone talked about.
Its so light the sunshine and rain get thru so it doesn't hamper their growth.

On May 28th covered with row cover.

Here's my cabbages on June 28th, Super Red 80 (mini cabbages that are perfect in a foot square), with row cover pulled back.

This was taken Sept 19th. Healthy heads of cabbage.

These were my last 3 cabbages on Oct 2nd.
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Post  Megan on 11/9/2010, 6:46 pm

What kind of material is that??
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Post  quiltbea on 11/9/2010, 10:53 pm

The product I use is Agribon+AG-15 lightweight grade for insect control.
Its a spunbonded polypropylene. They can lay right on top of the crops without harm and will rise as the plant grows.
Sunlight and rain penetrate the fabric so you don't have to remove it until you no longer have a threat of insects.

I use a heavier weight one, Agribon+AG-19 for miximum warming. This is used the same way but it protects down to 28*F.-2*C so crops are protected a little longer when the first frosts are imminent.
These can be used year after year so its a good investment.

I got mine from: www.johnnyseeds.com in Albion Maine.


Here I have it over my strawberries to protect from the birds.
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Thanks, Quiltbea

Post  ander217 on 11/10/2010, 7:28 am

Thanks for your post, Quiltbea. This may be my answer to thwarting squash bugs, flea beetles, and cabbage worms next year. I just tried to order some from Johnny's, but they are currently out of stock of the smaller quantities.

Did you have problems with wind blowing the covers off? Was humidity a problem under the covers?
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Post  quiltbea on 11/10/2010, 11:35 am

ander......You tuck the end of the fabric into the ground so it doesn't blow away. Instructions for that method come with the fabric.

I used large rocks and bricks to hold mine down along the row of strawberries.
For the short areas in the raised beds, as for cabbage, I bent plastic-coated wire coat hangers to stick in the ground around the squares and used them like tent poles. I cllipped the fabric in place with spring clothespins.

I didn't have any moisture build-up problems.

The clothes hangers and pins come in handy to use over cool-weather crops like lettuce and spinach that you don't want to bolt. I clipped cheesecloth over those in the beds to cut the sunshine. I've also used leftover tulle fabric (I'm a quilter so had some handy) for the shading purpose. You could even use old lace curtains for shading.

I've got lettuces and spinach protected with cheesecloth in this photo.

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