In which I get a garden planted, with the help of my children and a friendly neighbor girl.
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All of that lovely space out there.
Going to waste.
I really just couldn't help myself.
[Signs that you are an obsessive gardener? Check.]
Luckily for me, my oldest son enjoys rototilling.
Also, a very kind 14-year-old came and helped with staking the beds, spreading compost, and planting. My two youngest kids, especially my daughter, helped plant as well.
Although there was space for long rows, I opted to make beds this time around.
So they are 4' wide by 11' long, with roughly 2.5' wide walkways between them.
I've got 8 of them.
Here's what we put in:
2 Better Bush, 1 Big Beef, 1 Roma (I think), and 1 SunSugar.
4 pepper plants, all bell peppers, but I don't remember varieties.
A handful of struggling marigolds.
2 cantaloupe and 1 'Sugar Baby' watermelon.
The cantaloupe leaves on the left are getting eaten by something already, but I haven't figured out what. Melons are a long shot, particularly getting them in so late, but we'll see how it goes.
Mostly onions, with 2 hills of Spacemaster Bush Cucumbers on the far end.
2 straight-neck yellow squash, plus 6 'Beauregard' sweet potatoes.
Another experiment on the sweet potatoes.
There were only so many vegetable starts available at the store.
Yes, it is a picture of dirt.
Lots of beans!
Yellow Wax, Royal Burgundy (purple), and Blue Lake Bush.
4 short rows of carrots on the far end.
No pictures for the next two, as they are also just dirt still.
Bed 7: half and half, carrots and sunflowers
Bed 8: 3 different varieties of zinnias!
I am anxiously awaiting my seeds to sprout.
We are on day 7 now, where most are supposed to come up within 7-10 days.
There is still about 2/3 of the garden space unused.
Next year I will fill it up.
I still want to get some small-bark mulch to mark out the pathways.
If I decide to change my layout next year, the bark would till right in.
I also need a few more stakes for marking out the corners of the last few beds.
Hey, though. Now that it's planted, it's just a matter of keeping it watered for awhile, right?
At least until weeds rear their ugly heads.
Then it will be time for kids to help again!