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Lessons Learned

So, we’re new to this whole gardening thing. I mean, sure, I watched my dad plant his football field-sized garden when I was a kid…and helped pick things… And we had some tomato plants the past two years… But this year we actually PUT a garden in. Well. Two gardens.

A football field-sized garden is a wee bit daunting, and a Square Foot Gardening book landed in my lap at Christmas, so that’s the way we decided to go (at least for one of the gardens). It’s amazing to me the difference in the two gardens – the one we put in first is actually taking longer to grow (and we even – mistakenly – put cucumbers in both)! And the loam we used is incredible. I don’t think I’ve seen beans grow faster. We’re definitely using loam again next year!

We also put some vine-type plants in the raised bed…perhaps a mistake (although there was no mention of it BEING a mistake in the book). Don’t get me wrong…the melons are doing really well – they’re just taking over the onions and, well, everything else. One solution may be to put a trellis or two up so the vines go UP and not all over the place (and to keep a close watch that they DO go up…) The book says you can even grow pumpkins this way – you just have to make sure the trellis is sturdy enough for all that pumpkin weight. Perhaps next year.

My sister mentioned that they planted various rows of beans about 10 days apart. huh. That’s genus. Beans throughout the summer instead of a butt-load all at the same time!

I don’t know if I’ll do broccoli and/or brussels sprouts again. We haven’t gotten any of those (yet – it’s still early), so I don’t know if the taste will outweigh the OMG GROSS caterpillars that were in those this year.

And I was thinking to myself that I should be keeping a gardening journal – but then thought “wait – I’ve been writing in my blog…doesn’t that count?” So…we’ll see if anything gets on paper.

I do have to say that I am loving the raised garden bed. We’ll probably be putting in a second raised bed next year. Weeding is SO MUCH easier! Although – there’s still that one thing in there that I just need to yank. I’m pretty sure it’s a weed (and not an herb like we thought we planted there). It’s taller than all of the other things we’ve planted, so it HAS to be a weed. πŸ™‚


Just a random gardening update πŸ™‚

The second garden is 7 weeks along.

Second Garden - 7 weeks along

The melon vines are spilling over the back edge πŸ™‚

Melon Vines

We’ve already eaten some beans from it!

Beans on the Vine

The kids helped me pick a few:

Picked Beans

There are peas – even though I was sure we planted them too late.

Pea pods

And peppers!


Hot peppers too.

Hot Peppers

The strawberries never took. And I’m fairly certain that one of the plants that we think is an herb we put in is actually a weed…but I haven’t confirmed that yet.

We have some tomatoes growing (semi-wild) where we grew them last year, so that’s cool. And the First garden is doing okay as well … no veggies from there yet, but I can’t wait!!

Saturday Snapshot: The Gardens

Both gardens are coming along nicely!

First Garden - 1 1/2 months along

Second Garden - 1 month along

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go over and have a look at what others are doing on this beautiful Saturday.

Saturday Snapshot: First Garden

I mentioned the second garden yesterday…this is the first one we planted: watermelon, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, and decorative gourds.

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go over and have a look at what others are doing on this beautiful Saturday.

Friday’s Fotos: Tie Dye, Clubhouse, a Garden, and a Handsome Guy

This week was packed full!

Nanny Jessica did some tie dye shirts with the kids. They came out great!

Tie Dye Burke

Tie Dye Maggie

Logan's Tie Dye (he's sick and not available to model it)

Grandpa, Nana, and Aunt Meghan came to see Burke and Maggie graduate yesterday. Maggie loves having a pixie-sized Nana (read: under 5 feet) to fit in the clubhouse πŸ˜‰

Nana in the Clubhouse

We put our second garden in! Square Foot style: Artichokes, Asparagus, Onions, Potatoes, Carrots, Cucumbers, Cantaloupe, Melon, Peas, Green Beans, Yellow Beans, Lima Beans, Brussels Sprouts, Strawberries, Peppers, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Dill, Sage, Thyme, and Basil. *phew* (The frame is by Frame It All)

Square Foot Garden

And last but not least, Mike had the opportunity to dress up this week. The man cleans up nicely!!

My Handsome Husband

Makes My Monday: Beans!

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation is awfully busy hosting all these great things…

Picking Beans: Maggie, Logan, Nana

Picking Beans: Maggie, Logan, Nana

Picking Beans: Burke, Maggie, Grandpa, Nana

Picking Beans: Burke, Maggie, Grandpa, Nana

Snapping Beans: Burke, Maggie

Snapping Beans: Burke, Maggie