Monday, January 7, 2008

garden plans

Today was unseasonably warm - like the mid 60's kind of warm. Oh, how nice it felt. So we got outside for some much needed fresh air.

Finn mowed the lawn.

John helped plant the rest of the bulbs I failed to plant before the major freeze.

Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer, so I'm pretty excited. I even started fixing up a little patch in the backyard for a vegetable garden. I've never grown vegetables, actually, I really don't grow much of anything but babies, but I really feel like having a garden this summer. Does anyone know a good gardening site? Maybe one geared toward city gardens? Here it is, the beginning of Winter, and I'm already thinking of Spring and Summer. This Winter may be a long one for me. Maybe not if we get many more of these days.

Our friend, Fr. Jim, is in town for the week. The boys love him. Finn says, "Fahr Jm, Fahr Jm" (That's the best I can do at spelling how it sounds.)
Other than that, I'm just trying to figure out what project to start next. I have so many floating around in my head, I just can't decide what to work on first. Hopefully I can pin something down and get started tonight. Hopefully.
I can hear Finn down stairs yelling, "Appah, where's Appah?" He's looking for you dad ;)


Sumojason said...


Regarding the garden, I grew my first garden last year, and it was great.

Here are some tips:

1. Find the spot that gets the most sun throughout the day and put your garden there.

2. Start with some easy things, like tomatoes, bush beans, red leaf lettuce, cucumbers and green peppers. They grow easy and are pretty good in any soil. If you like herbs (and you probably do), try seeds and plant them in pots, this way, in the fall and winter you can bring them in the house and have fresh herbs all year. I sort of did that. I had them in planters and moved them to pots in the fall. My rosemary and parsley are doing well. My oregano died though.

3. Regarding the soil, add some peat moss and depending on the size of the garden, a few bags of top soil and turn the soil over twice. Mix it all together to get some good loose rich soil.

4. Do not overdo the tomatoes, one or two plants will do you good. I planted 5 last year and they all grew together and formed on giant tomato making machine. I must have lost about half of the tomatoes because I could not keep up. I am downsizing to 2 this year.

5. Make sure you have a large salad spinner for washing and drying the produce after picking.

6. And the most important for first timers, for the tomatoes,lettuce and green peppers, do not buy seeds. Buy the little saplings and plant them. Trust me, they are more expensive, but they will grow. lettuce especially. After harvesting a large amount of lettuce (from saplings), I pulled the plants and planted some seeds, hoping to get another harvest of lettuce before the fall. They were toast. Damn bugs. They love the little young shoots. As for the beans and cucumbers, seeds are find. Plant the cucs near the edge of your garden so they can vine out. Also, don't let the kids pick the cucs. They have shallow roots and they will rip out the entire plants. (That is what happened to me last year, I only got about 3 cucs from 3 plants because the girls killed the plants).

7. Sevin Carbaryl Insecticide 5 Dust, Sevin Carbaryl Insecticide 5 Dust, Sevin Carbaryl Insecticide 5 Dust. Sevin Dust for short. This stuff is awesome. It is biodegradable, mild and kills and repels insects. I wanted to do an organic garden last year, but the cabbage worms attacked and slaughtered my broccoli and then moved on to my other plants. My dad who is a garden king only uses it. (He has like, 3 acres of gardens on our family farm) You have to look at the chart on the back, it will list how long you have to wait for each veggie before you can pick them after using it.

8. For the tomatoes, get the tomato cages and use them.

9. For the bush beans, get some fencing for them to vine on, otherwise they will grab on to anything available, including other plants.

10. And finally, follow the instructions on spacing the plants. I planted some of my plants to close and it was a mess when the plants got bigger. The garden may look pitiful when you first plant, but in a month it will be awesome.

Flighty Girl said...

Wow Jason!! Thank you soooooo much!! I'm so excited! I didn't even know you could buy lettuce and green pepper starts - do you think I could possibly do the starts myself if I started them from seeds in little pots inside?? I want to keep costs low, but I also don't want to waste my time and will probably take your advice and just buy the starts.

Sumojason said...

Yeah, go ahead and try doing the starts inside. My only problem is finding the seeds this time of year.

That is a great idea by the way, and I might try that myself this year.

Do a little research on what you want to plant and try to get them planted as early as they suggest planting them. You will get a better yield that way.

Bridget said...

Oh. My. Gosh. Jason.

When I read your post and saw that there were three comments, I thought to myself, "One of those has GOT to be Jason."

But little did I know how HUGE of a post he would post!


Jason, you should start a gardening website. Holy cow!

Flighty Girl said...

Jason's Gardening Blog!!! Just send me a link!!