Sunday, May 1, 2011

Gardens

This morning we woke up and decided to make the best of an absolutely gorgeous day.  While Jon mowed the lawn, Peanut and I went to a garden place around the corner from us and picked up some stuff for our yard.

Then, while Jon played with Peanut, I tackled the garden.

Here's what we have this year so far:


Let's have a closer look, shall we?


On the left we have some strawberries.  In a couple of weeks these will be taking over majority of the garden.


Oh, and what do we have here? A puppy!  Cailey was enjoying the sunny day as well.  Especially since we threw the tennis ball to her.

Back to business.


Here are some sweet peas.  I seriously can't wait.

A little trick - plant half now and half early in the summer to enjoy them longer!


And some Zucchini.  Because we can make baby food with it.


And yellow squash.  Because we can make baby food with it.


And Spaghetti squash...you know, because we can make baby food.  And spaghetti.


Some spinach.  This one's mostly for me.  Also, it was free because it wasn't looking so hot.


Some watermelon.  Who doesn't love watermelon?  Side note: last year we had 3 come up and they were amazing.  Another side note: I can eat a whole large watermelon in one sitting.  Then I complain non stop about being uncomfortable.


Some scallions.  I love scallions.  A lot.


And here are my two biggest supporters.  They came outside to check out my progress and were very impressed.  Then Travis ran up and licked Peanut's face up and down.  So they went back inside.

And now I'm going to give you an awesome little secret I learned last year.


Did you notice that my garden is covered with grass cuttings?  That's right, peeps, grass cuttings.  We use it instead of mulch in the garden to keep the weeds away, the soil moist and rich with nutrients.  One of Jon's uncles grows a ton of veggies and fruits and he told us this little tid bit.  Let me tell ya, it's amazing.  And the best part - it's free!

So, internet friends, let's hear it.

Do you have a garden?
What are you growing?
Go any cool tips and tricks? 

9 comments:

  1. oh good, free salad ingredients!

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  2. Your garden is HUGE! Mine is in small areas around the yard. I don't know if grass clippings would work here because our yard has so many weeds. I have no tips for you because this is my first year doing it. :)

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  3. What a great looking garden, we used to have an allotment (a plot in a community garden) and grew just about everything but since we've moved we garden in tubs on a much smaller scale. My tip is to have a husband who loves to garden (not much help sorry) but I'd also check your zuchinni daily and pick them before they get too big, they grow so fast! Like children really!

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  4. I am envious of your garden.... we can't plant ours till we move :(

    But! The second we move we're planting watermelon (because I LOVE IT), pear tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, green beens and some herbs.

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  5. We're just doing pots this year. :( A TON of pots, but we had too many problems with our friend the groundhog last year, and didn't want to spend the money to redo a raised bed with lining. Yours looks awesome!

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  6. No garden here b/c I can't even keep a fern alive, but your garden is very impressive! :) Lana

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  7. I have a small 10x200 foot garden this year. A lot smaller than last year since I'm not putting out watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. They just didn't produce the last few years so I'm done with them. I do love watermelon though.

    I'm trying potatoes for the first time. I planted them and onions back in March since the taters have to be in by St. Patricks day. I will plant 3 tomatoes, bush green beans, Sugar Snap peas, lots of sweet, green & hot peppers and 2 cucumbers. I'm not sure if I'll plant zucchini and squash this year since we had so much last year. I think I might cut the plant in half once it starts producing to help cut down on how much we get. I also want to put out pumpkins again but they take up so much room. I did get about 200 mini pumpkins last year and 25 or so of the big ones.

    As for the ground cover we use wheat straw from our wheat fields.

    I also use walls of water to protect/incubate my plants for the first month or really until they are spilling out of the top. I swear by those walls of water. I'm usually the first here in my office to pick produce.

    Now that I've written a novel....your garden looks great!! I just hope warm weather comes to NW KS soon so I can get out and work in my garden.

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  8. I have a small 10x200 foot garden this year. A lot smaller than last year since I'm not putting out watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. They just didn't produce the last few years so I'm done with them. I do love watermelon though.

    I'm trying potatoes for the first time. I planted them and onions back in March since the taters have to be in by St. Patricks day. I will plant 3 tomatoes, bush green beans, Sugar Snap peas, lots of sweet, green & hot peppers and 2 cucumbers. I'm not sure if I'll plant zucchini and squash this year since we had so much last year. I think I might cut the plant in half once it starts producing to help cut down on how much we get. I also want to put out pumpkins again but they take up so much room. I did get about 200 mini pumpkins last year and 25 or so of the big ones.

    As for the ground cover we use wheat straw from our wheat fields.

    I also use walls of water to protect/incubate my plants for the first month or really until they are spilling out of the top. I swear by those walls of water. I'm usually the first here in my office to pick produce.

    Now that I've written a novel....your garden looks great!! I just hope warm weather comes to NW KS soon so I can get out and work in my garden.

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  9. We're just doing pots this year. :( A TON of pots, but we had too many problems with our friend the groundhog last year, and didn't want to spend the money to redo a raised bed with lining. Yours looks awesome!

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