Sunday, August 24, 2008

New to Public Bogging and Vegetable Gardening

David has been school and work free all week. We decided to build a raised organic vegetable garden with all our spare time together(you would be surprised.) Our finding was that this project was not inexpensive. We put a hold on the project until we can gather more funds. Thursday we bought the lumber and David was more than happy to put it together. Due to the insane amount of mosquitoes out in Houston right now we built it in doors.

raised bed

After bringing it outside and finding the most perfect spot on our small small lot we filled it with compost, vermiculite and peet moss recommended by square foot gardener Mel Bartholomew. I spent most of the time watching from the distance due to the insane amount of mosquitoes biting.

Hopefully they will be gone soon and I can get some good fall harvest out of my soon to be vegetable garden. We plan on planting basil chives, garlic, green onions, carrots, green beans, and cherry tomatoes. Wish me luck on this fun gardening adventure. I don't have high hopes for this first vegetable garden of mine. My only wish is that is isn't so disappointing I'm turned off of vegetable gardening all together.

jennys peppersjennys greenbeans
(Jenny's most impressive Organic Garden)

1 comment:

Ashley said...

Emily, it's fun to see you guys are into gardening now...I think it's something that's going to be more and more apart of people lives now that food prices are increasing as well as the consciousness of eating both organic and locally. I've been doing herb gardens theses last couple years and tried a few new things this year...verbena leaves (which are yummy in ice tea) and some new succulents which I'm still learning how to take care of...I tend to take too much care of my plants and the succulents don't like that since they're low moisture...also the regular basil, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, purple and culinary sage and my most favored trailing passion flower! It's so much fun and I wanted to participate in the roof top gardening at my condo this last year but we had to plant while I was in school so I have to wait until next spring to do it. I want to try veggies too but I think it will take me some trial and error to get it all seems like some plants have different personalities and moods and you have to get to know then for a couple seasons to learn their likes and dislikes ; ) I should email you a pic of my garden this last was really cute and whenever I have people over I tell them it's my extended family = ) glad to see you guys are exploring with the veggies and maybe it's good you haven't planted to much yet until Ike is officially over. I've known a lot of people that have had a lot of success with those raised flower helps to keep the pests out. Have fun getting dirty and happy veggie eatting!!! = )