Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Raised-Bed, Year 2

This Spring has come with some  events that have slowed me down a bit, as far as my blogging goes.  And I won't be posting much new for a little while, but....
I wanted to show you how my raised-bed square foot garden is doing this year.

As you can see, it isn't looking quite as spiffy as it did last spring, and could probably do with a little "grooming".  

However, I am happy to report that the soil underneath is great.  The 6 inch tomatoes that I planted late in March are thriving and in spite of planting last year's seeds, the squash, okra, and cucumbers have leaped up.  My weed prevention (weed cloth, straw and cooler pad fibers) has worked beautifully, and even tho it's covered with %$#* chinese elm seeds, only a couple have sprouted.
I have moved things around, this year the tomatoes are on the north edge, okra on the south.  Don't know whether this is really important with these vegetables, but I do know that it's important to rotate crops.
Different also this year will be my pest control.  I don't want to see any of those creepy squash bugs or their spawn this year, so early and often applications of Sevin will be used.  Hats off to those who search with a bucket, but not me.

Black-eyed peas will be planted in a few days, they need a little more heat to grow, so this year the garden consists of:
Yellow squash
Black-eyed peas

Here we go, again!


Allan said...

Re: Griggs cole slaw
Jan, The picture of the book instructions say 1/4 cup oil, the picture of the measuring cup looks like 1/4 cup, your written instruction say 1/2 cup. I used 1/4 cup oil and it was plenty. Glad you mentioned it takes a lot of tossing (about 4 minutes before I could see pepper in every bite). Your site could be subtitled "Cooking made easy even for men without a clue"

Thanks, Allan

Jan said...

Allan, you are correct. Thanks for taking the time to let me know. I've corrected it.
I keep thinking I really don't need reading glasses.