I added about 4 bags of this
We carefully plotted out our plants, and got to workpissy because we had lost our community garden plot when we moved? Well eat your heart out mean old Lani, because looky what I have here, right outside my very own kitchen door!
Yarrow and are well known for repelling some bad insects and attracting ladybugs, which eat aphids. I also planted a border of marigolds for color and for their tendency to also attract ladybugs. I despise aphids, so take whichever precautions I can to combat them.
I love peppers, so planted an unusual miniature chocolate bell pepper and a golden yellow bell.
This time around since I was getting such a late start, I did fill my garden entirely with starter plants, as opposed to using seeds. There are things such as beets, lettuce, chard and squash that I usually have very good luck with when started from seeds, actually they seem to thrive even better. I just didn't want to risk their growth being stunted if we should start to see a heat spell come on. Typically you would want to plant your seeds by May at the latest. I figured either way though, our garden should turn out okay since this summer has been so gosh darned mild. 2 weeks in, I think I'm right!
When choosing plants at the nursery, there are a couple of things you want to be aware of:
1. You don't want to necessarily choose the largest plant with fruit already growing. It's more ideal to just choose a smaller, sturdy looking plant, and let the growing and fruit bearing happen in your actual soil at home. Larger plants may tend to go into shock once removed from their pots and transferred to your soil at home.
2. When choosing a plant, give it a squeeze and see if the soil feels loose, or is it tight and hard? If it's tight, it may be root-bound and look like this:
Well friends, these have been our adventures in gardening over the last two weeks. I do slightly miss my roomy 500 square foot garden plot I once had, but I don't miss the crazy Gustapo. It has been so nice to just walk outside my door and water at my leisure instead of having to hop in a car. The kids love watching the daily progress of our little garden as well. Do any of you have a little spot in your yard for a vegetable garden? What do you grow there and do you have any tips for me? I'd love to know...
Happy Gardening Friends!