The second year garden has a head of steam on it and seems to be doing quite well. I already have two crops grown, eaten, and done. Check out this year’s sowing:
- squash (two varieties)
- cucumber (for pickling)
- bush beans
- bok choy
- tomatoes (6 varieties – pig pen, josephine, early girl, cherry, …)
- lettuce (mescaline and butter crunch)
- hot peppers (3 varieties)
- Jerusalem artichoke
- sunflower seeds
- cilantro (failed)
I also have two nice flower beds and a third area beneath my sunflowers where I put some annuals.
The potatoes are going bonkers. The peas and cilantro are not going to make it, I think. My mescaline and radishes are already done for the season. I have also eaten some beets (two, the bulb and the greens), a strawberry, and some basil. I am not sure when the rest will bear for me.Let’s keep our fingers crossed. I have been watering with an occasional treat of worm compost tea.
Yes, i think it is time I admit the truth. I have worms living in my basement.
It was only a few months ago that I purchase 500 Red Wigglers and put them into a series of stacked, black plastic bins in my basement. Then I began to feed and water them – modestly at first. But more and more each week until all at once I realized I was obsessed. The worms grew right alongside my passion. Bigger and bigger – and not only did they grow bigger. No, they multiplied. And still I continued with the reckless feeding. Soon I was hording food particles from work and ferrying them home for my worms. My worms, my worms, my babies. My pets living in mud and food waste, churning through my kitchen waste and crapping out that fool’s quest -the fertilizer of all mothers. Yes, I speak of Black Gold. And I got a plastic bin full of it in my basement.
If that isn’t enough for you, lately I’ve caught myself in the catacombs of my crib mixing wormbrewed tea. I know what you must be thinking – but listen: it calls out to me, I tell you! I have to release the spigot and release the dark flowing tea of all teas! the plants love it. How can I say no?
I left work early today to go listen to a vermiculture lecture I had heard about. When I got to the place, it was locked up tighter than a buckeye in a squirrel’s left cheek. I got soaked in the rain. My notes on the lecture: no worms, lots of rain.
My flower bed has sprung some sprouts! I put a variety of annuals in this bed and they seem to be doing well. Today I put some fertilizer and mulch down. just to have some cut flowers around. It faces the dining room windows. Hopefully, I will be able to look out on nice bunches of flowers sometime this summer.
Here are my beds. There are three now; I added an extra one a few weeks ago because I realized I had run out of room for my tomatoes and hot peppers and pole beans. So, one more bed! But I did not use compost in this one and you can really tell the difference. The soil does not drain as well and these veggies are growing much slower. Also, I made a blunder when planting my peppers next to my tomatoes which are next to my beans. The tomatoes are shading the beans 🙁 Also, the tomatoes need lots of water, but the hot peppers do not. Since the water does not drain well, it is rotting my hot peppers!
Today I made a delicious salad from the greens in my garden. I had to thin out some of the vegetables. Instead of throwing them away, I cooked them up! There are beet, broccoli, and carrot greens, along with lettuce, basil, and cilantro. The tomato and asiago were bought down the street.
Hey! I have seedlings! Who would have thunk. This is about three weeks after I built the beds. Notice that large green thing near the for right corner of the first bed. It came up of its own accord – I certainly did not plant it. Because the soil is largely compost, and because it popped up and grew so quickly, I am going to leave it just to see what it becomes. My first gardening mystery…
OK, I also went out and got some herbs. How could I resist? Who doesn’t love fresh salsa with cilantro? And basil in the summer on freshly picked tomatoes is perfect.
I got some compost from my mom’s compost pile. That is what is in the garbage bags. I got the framing from the rugby pitch. It is an old dock that floated down to Indianola during a flood a few years back. The decking is made out of recycled plastic and is pretty sturdy. It should last a lot longer than wood would. (ha). So, there you have it. Compost + some stuff that floated into a rural valley during a massive flood = garden.
I dug up the grass that was there, turned it over, and added the compost and some store-bought bags of soil. Should I have tossed the sod? Probably. Oh well.