Thursday, March 31, 2005
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Monday, March 28, 2005
Time to plant
I like to add organic material to each bed every year. This year I found some bagged composted cotton burr mulch. I have used this before and it blends well with the soil and helps retain moisture.
I finished two more beds today before dark. One will be for cucumbers and one for cantaloupe.
I set up trellises for these viney guys to grow on. Getting them up off the soil is helpful in keeping the fungus down.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
Neglected garden beds! These beds haven't been touched since late last summer. As you can see they are full of weeds and need some attention.
I like to grow sweet and hot varieties. This year I have green and red bell, sweet banana, poblano and jalapeno.
Celebrity is the only variety I plant for regular sized tomatoes. A co-worker told me about them as they have proven to be able to stand up to the heat and either the floods or drought conditions normally experienced in this area.
The first tomato bed. I use cages to support the vines. Soon after the plants get established I will mulch with common hay. It works great to shade the soil and it keeps the moisture in.
Springtime is here!
I have 8 raised beds that I have been keeping up for the last 5 years. Here in the Gulf Coast of Texas planting time comes early. Some folks garden year round but you need to be home in daylight hours to do that. In the winter I leave for work in the dark and its dark by the time I get home in the evening.
I'll be posting pictures of the progress and especially of the harvest.