- Apr 10, 2010
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Just started a (mini - for 2) "Victory Garden"... next to wife's "flower garden" west of the cherry tree... (looking forward to those big sweet juicy black cherries! Already bloomed & fruit tiny green balls... May harvest.)
Rototilled the "clay" & lawn, added some purchased potting & top soil bags, rototilled again, poured a bottle of plant food.
Leveled it all off with rake then mason's aluminum plank.
Covered with black "landscape cloth". Fastened the cloth (old re-bar).
Snapped chalk lines every foot. I cut a small "cross" wherever I want to place a plant, that way I won't have to weed, and all the rain/watering will stay in the soil available for the crop, not grass (that's the plan, anyways).
Between the 1st 2 lines on the north side I planted a post at each end, attached gridded fencing wire (used - free).
Planted tomato plants on each line along the wire, spaced with basil plants (wife says they keep the bugs away).
A couple bell pepper plants at the ends.
Next row chives, leeks & onions.
Starting radishes & carrots & squash from seeds in pots...
The squash & zucchini etc will go in another spot - flower bed near the side walkway, so they can spread over the walkway.
Still have to get more soil & till that ground - and raise the walkway sidewalls to prevent soil from going into the gravel - think I'll use some of the 3' long ceramic flooring "planks" left over from the house renovation for that...
Work in progress...
Edit - ok - here's the pics... Not enough to feed a lot of people haha (late afternoon shade from the house).
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Nice! You've got a little head start on me with the cherries.
Found a couple of these that sprouted out of the compost.
Hopefully get big enough this summer to graft known varieties next winter.
Probably start with Minnie Royal and Royal Lee, which are cross-pollinating low-chill varieties and diversify from there.