Monday, July 14, 2014

Brag Tag-- grow a tomato (and this year's garden)

One of the brag tags was grow your own tomato so the boys had to pose next to the tomato plants.  I want to add that this was the first year we've ever done square-foot gardening.  Darryl went to Best Vinyl and picked up some used pieces to make the garden boxes.  He dug 4 spots on the East side of the house, built the boxes, and filled them with potting soil and manure.  I was so worried it wouldn't work because I just don't have the best luck with things that are planted in boxes or pots; I can grow things fine in a garden bed though.  Well the first few weeks of square-foot gardening looked promising.  The next few weeks things went down hill.  We were thinking we put too much manure in the soil but we decided I was just over watering the beds.  Once we got the water under control and added some ammonium fertilizer the plants started to look green instead of yellow.  We did lose a few plants and a lot of growing time so there wasn't a lot to harvest but we were happy to have every little veggie we got.  We planted many of the same veggies that we usually do but no corn.  We had zucchini, chard, beets, basil, arugula, lettuce, spinach, kale, carrots, beans, peas, onions, anaheim peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes.

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