Sunday, June 1, 2008

My Secret Garden...

This year we have chosen to try to grow something in our yard besides poison oak and weeds. Every previous year the bugs and the birds have seemed to get more out of our plants than we have, so we tried something new...box gardening.
We created a special mix of 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 compost and 1/3 peat moss. We have found so far that the roots grow strong and there are few if any weeds. We started with one crate and everything we planted grew quickly (as seen by the pictures). Yesterday we filled up two more old crates from Justin's work and planted Watermelons, cantaloupe, eggplants and herbs. We'll see how these come along. We also sprinkled the top of the dirt with a "Sevin" pesticide. (We changed our last name so that Green Peace, the Sierra Club, and any other tree huggers won't come after us.)
The best thing about using these crates is that when we are finished, we could shoot the neighbor's dog, bury him in one of the empty crates and use him as compost next year...imagine the tomato's we would get....

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2 comments:

Lisa R.D. said...

Wow! I am so impressed with your plants. Our in-ground garden gets lots of weeds and stray grass (why can't I get it to grow where I want it to, but it grows out of control where I DON'T want it???) and we haven't been adventurous enough to go beyond tomatoes and peppers and pumpkins. Actually, this year I tried a cucumber, so we'll see how it goes!

Micro Niche Finder How to said...

Your box gardens look great. We are doing it as well this year, but ours is 4 feet by 30 feet and it is a combination of 75% sawdust and 25% play sand. Things are growing well, but we do have a problem with ants. I'm trying not to use pesticides, but I may have to give in.

Mack