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My kitchen garden 2017

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bluebutterfly123
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My kitchen garden 2017

Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:38 pm

Ok so I think I will post all updates on my backyard garden here...

This is our second garden season in our first home... And trust me when I say, there is a LOT of work that needs to be done... And we've done a lot last yr.. All new cement patio and walkway.. Added soil and new sod to the side yard.. And the front is a work in progress..

My backyard is where the kitchen garden is.. Last yr it was only 3 boxes, you could say I was getting my toes wet.. Lol.. Everything turned out amazing! I was more proud of the seeds I started than the plants I bought..

This year we are adding more grow beds.. So far we have 8 made... Just a few more to go.. And then it's time for digging!

While all that work is being done.. My plants are being grown from seeds indoors (you can follow up on those in my other posts) .. I did plant some lettuce, radishes, and spinach, in one of the older grow beds.. In another there is a few cauliflower seeds (a first for me), coriander, mint, sage, and some more lettuce.. In the 3rd there is some more spinach (none have sprouted yet, I don't know why)
Here some pics of the progress so far.. As you can see my 2 yr old is the mastermind behind all this.. Lol..
And our cherries are in bloom
Well that's all that's been done so far... It's thunderstorms over here now, after a gorgeous +25 celcius temps morning and afternoon..
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Sanna
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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:53 pm

That's a big extension of the gardening area! Looks very promising. :) Looking forward to see the progress!
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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:35 am

Wow that's a lot of raised beds! I thought that i made a huge effort making 2... 😂🙉 I believe that it will look very pretty when you have so many raised beds and put them that close to each other. They will probably be filled with greens in a few weeks time. Do you have enough plants coming or are you quickly starting more..?
bluebutterfly123
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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:33 am

FlatFarmer wrote:Wow that's a lot of raised beds! I thought that i made a huge effort making 2... I believe that it will look very pretty when you have so many raised beds and put them that close to each other. They will probably be filled with greens in a few weeks time. Do you have enough plants coming or are you quickly starting more..?
I have the plants.. Maybe way too many, as of now.. But I know when the time comes for planting, I'll have family asking for some

There's over 45 beefsteak tomatoes, 18 cherry tomatoes, 12 Rutgers.. And I'm waiting for the vine tomatoes to sprout.. Lol..
Then there's cucumbers, zucchini, bell peppers, Mexican mix peppers, and seranto peppers, eggplant, okra, sweet corn, sugar peas, green beans, radish, lettuce spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, green onions., all sorts of herbs... strawberries, cantaloupe, honey dew melon, watermelon, I think that's all of then.. Not counting the flowers.. Lol..
All of these are growing atm.. Either upstairs living room (where I start the seeds), the balcony (south facing so the get good lighting and a taste of the elements),then they go to the basement.. Where I have an enclosure set up for them... My house looks like a greenhouse atm.. Lol
Below are just some of the plants I'm growing.. These are in the basement (final stage before going out in the ground).. Frost season isn't over yet so waiting impatiently until may 24..lolImage

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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Tue May 02, 2017 11:46 am

Okra seeds are starting to sprout Image

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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Tue May 02, 2017 11:51 am

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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Mon May 08, 2017 1:30 pm

Update:
5 of the new Beds have been placed in the ground now..going to make one more today.. Also will start putting some cardboard down and then order the soil.. Hopefully by the end of this week the Beds will be all ready for planting in.. I will start planting next week..

Good news : I saw a tiny radish yesterday my first time planting them., so I was excited.. Lol.. Lettuce is doing good, cilantro is sprouting.. And the second batch of spinach..
I harvested some mint and sage yesterday! My first harvest of 2017!

Bad news: first batch of spinach never grew.. ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Wed May 10, 2017 4:26 pm

Looks really nice! I can imagine that it's wonderful to have so many new raised beds to start working on! How is the planning coming along?
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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Wed May 10, 2017 11:23 pm

[quote="Sanna"]Looks really nice! I can imagine that it's wonderful to have so many new raised beds to start working on! How is the planning coming along?[/quote]
Thanks Sanna.. I've kinda given up on the planning part... Lol.. I think I'm more of a hands on person.. Definitely not a a paperwork person.. Lol... I think once the plants are ready to transfer I'll figure it out then... I've used your idea of using cardboard boxes at the bottom.. Hopefully it'll keep weeds out... In the meantime trying to get the front garden done too..

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bluebutterfly123
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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Sat May 13, 2017 12:29 am

So I tried Sanna's idea of putting cardboard down first, and raising the Beds a bit higher.. Hopefully that'll keep weeds out..
We added a crate near the compost bin.. On the far left.. In there are some strawberry plants I planted, help keep it easy for kids to pick.. And also will plant my herbs there...

The smaller planters are for flowers (help attract pollinators) and just cuz they look pretty.. Lol..
I decided to leave it as 8 Beds... 9 would have cut into the kids' playground area..
Now I just need to get the interlock done.. And I'm think I will paint these the same color as the smaller planters.. Well that's it go for now.. Hopefully we can get the floor done over the weekend ImageImageImage

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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Sat May 13, 2017 7:41 am

Oh wow! 😍 I love the way you allow the raised beds to cover the full area! It will be so pretty when they are filled with veggies! 🌱 The red color is nice. Lovely to follow this project!
bluebutterfly123
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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Sat May 13, 2017 8:39 pm

Started planting some plants outside today... It's a risk still.. But some where getting quite cramped..
Bed #1
Has coriander, some cauliflower, green onions, mint, lettuce

Bed#2
I put the corn and beans in the back middle bed.. Where the radish and lettuce is... I'll put peppers in the front, next week and some marigolds...

Bed #3
spinach is growing good.. The lettuce I had started indoors all but died when I transferred them out here... This will be my main tomato bed..

Bed#4
At the moment is empty minus lettuce I dug out of bed #2.. I think I'll put tomatoes in here as well..

Bed#5
This will be mainly zucchini.. Just planted the seedlings.. The first batch of zucchini plants started flowing all ready the second batch is about half the size... Also has lettuce and marigolds bordering it..

Bed #6
This will be mainly cucumbers..i put 2 seedlings in.. Waiting on the rest (my first batch died a while back.. Second batch died of cold temps one day..) there's also lettuce and marigolds planted here too..

Bed #7
This will hold eggplants mainly, and whatever goes good with them

Bed #8 this will hold mainly peppers
I think I have everything covered for now...


Plants I don't have much hope for :
These are plants that I'm trying for the first time.. But not much of a priority, so if they make it that great.. If not not a major loss..

Okra seedlings pretty much died indoors, I don't know why..
I have watermelon and honeydew melon seedlings.. I'll try planting them out next week.. Hopefully they make it...
I put the broccoli seedlings into one of the crate planters.. Hopefully they'll grow stronger there..

In the crates I have mostly flowering plants, geraniums, Dalia, nasturtiums, and a few others...
2 crates also have potatoes planted in them
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bluebutterfly123
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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Sat May 13, 2017 10:35 pm

Bed #8:
So I think I found some broccoli plants growing in a pot I had on the balcony.. I think I threw some seeds in when I started them in trays way back when.. (tray ones stink in comparison though lol).. I replanted them into bed #8..we'll see how it goes..


Also here's a close up of the zucchini plant that already started to flowerImageImageImage

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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Mon May 15, 2017 1:43 am

Today was mostly a planting day.. I'm doing this post to help me remember what bed has what in it, since I did some seed planting too..

Bed 1:
Cauliflower, cilantro, sage, mint, green onions, lettuce

Bed 2:
Sweet corn, string beans, lettuce, radishes

Bed 3:
spinach, sage (will have tomatoes), marigolds

Bed 4:
Tomatoes (will have) , carrots (seeds), lettuce, marigolds

Bed 5:
Zucchini, lettuce, marigolds

Bed 6:
Cucumbers, lettuce, marigolds

Bed 7:
Purple eggplants, 6" Mexican long chilli peppers, Romain lettuce seeds, marigolds

Bed 8:
Bell peppers, broccoli, marigolds ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Tue May 16, 2017 10:33 pm

Bed #9
I guess I'll call this a bed now too.. Lol.. It's the herbs and strawberry one Image

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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Thu May 18, 2017 4:56 pm

Good news :
Slowly getting there.. Lol.. Today the beefsteak tomatoes were planted into bed #4...

Most of the containers were painted..

Some of my peppers plants have little buds on them!

Cilantro is growing in nicely, so is the spinach

Bad news:
Some of seedlings didn't make it.. Not worried because I have a lot of back ups at the moment..

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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Thu May 18, 2017 6:44 pm

Oh wow! I love the red beds! And I can totally relate to that comment on having plenty of extra plants! 😂

It's nice to have some notes. I also do most of my notes in my topics here. Especially good to go back to when I've added a lot of pictures. Makes it easier to remember.

The plan looks really good. Are you having Marigold to keep aphids and other bugs away, or for decorative reasons? (Or both maybe..)
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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Thu May 18, 2017 7:25 pm

Thanks Sanna it's a hot Sunny day here +31 degrees Celsius as of now .. As I type I'm sweating off my forehead.. Lol...
The marigolds are serving both purposes
I had potato bugs eating my radish leaves.. Put some cilantro plants near them... And haven't seen any more leaves being chewed on..


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bluebutterfly123
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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Thu May 18, 2017 11:08 pm

I'm seeing red!!


Lol radishes are coming in nicely.. Almost harvest time!
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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Mon May 29, 2017 7:20 am

So a lot of changes, or additions you could say, have been done as of 3 days ago... Here's the new list of whats growing where..

Bed 1:
Cilantro, mint, sage, green onions, cauliflower, Mexican 6" chilli peppers, leaf lettuce

Bed 2:
Radishes (almost all harvested) made way for Mexican 6" chilli peppers, sweet corn, green beans, leaf lettuce, marigolds

Bed 3:
Beefsteak tomatoes,Rutgers tomatoes, okra, spinach, leaf lettuce, sage, marigolds

Bed 4:
Beefsteak tomatoes, purple tomatoes, red onions, carrots (seeds started in beds), leaf lettuce, marigolds

Bed 5:
Zucchini, leaf lettuce, marigolds

Bed 6:
Pickling cucumbers, red sunflowers, sweet corn, sweet peas, leaf lettuce, marigolds

Bed 7:
Purple eggplants, seranto peppers, leaf lettuce, Romain lettuce (seeds), marigolds

Bed 8:
Brocolli or cauliflower (I can't remember which), bell peppers, red onions, leaf lettuce, pimento peppers

Ok... So that's all I can think of for now... I think I covered everything.. Those are the main plants.. I will be adding beneficial herbs or flowers (like nasturtiums) to the beds as well.. Just have to go though what they are for each of the plants first...
Also the weather now is finally better, thank God! And plants are actually growing new leaves now.. Not stuck in a state of shock.. I can finally smile again.. Best part is.. I only spent $13 on vegetable plants for my garden, this yr (may add a few tomatoes to it later).. And that's only because some stuff got frostbite earlier on in the season..otherwise it would have been only expense being the seeds, and a one time expense on the grow lights (2x$20).. My uncle easily spent over $100 on his vegetable plants as of now... And he's got a much smaller amount of plants, and variety.. So I will definitely start seeds again next yr.. And with a bit less of an expense, hopefully




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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Mon May 29, 2017 11:43 am

Here's what the garden is looking like as of now.. My daughter decided her playhouse needs to be in it as well... Can't argue with boss lady... LolImageImage

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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Mon May 29, 2017 12:14 pm

I agree with your daughter! Your garden with the added feature looks beautiful! Have a safe Memorial Day!

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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Mon May 29, 2017 3:19 pm

Thanks healthygardenmomma.. .. I see you've got 4 kids just like me.. Yeah, she loves it! I've got to take her flower shopping today.. She "needs" to pick up some for her house.. Lol

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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Mon May 29, 2017 3:30 pm

You are an amazing mom! My kids and I LOVE to garden and we have been working in the rose garden and in the cacti and succulent garden this week. What types of flowers/veggies do you grow?

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bluebutterfly123
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Re: My kitchen garden 2017

Mon May 29, 2017 4:15 pm

Awwh thanks , I'm sure you're a wonderful mother yourself,must be if you garden and have 4 kids.. Lol.. How old are your kids?

Well.. My garden is a huge make over.. From the front (big pie shaped lot), to the side (we like on the end house of the block, so huge side lot).. To the back.. Which we've been blessed to have an amazing sized yard for a house in the city..
You can get info on my back garden (mostly a kitchen garden), from my post, I try to keep it updated as possible, so I can easily follow timelines and what's growing where...
As for flowers.. I love roses! I had 4 bushes planted last yr in the front, and just bought another.. My dream would be to do roses all along the curse of the front pie lot.. Lol.. Also planted there are,clematis, Rose of Sharon, tulips, gladioli, pansies,irises, and God knows what other plants.. Lol
The side yard was completely redone last fall.. We put in new grass, some raspberry bushes and a blackberry bush, alone the fence line.. Kids love it! Up top near the house I added flowers to 2 urns on the pathway.. Hibiscus being one of the many flowers in there..
In the back I started Giant Dalia roots in the early spring.. There's more rose of sharon, begonias, geraniums, irises, lilies, grapes, nasturtiums, and a lot of the flowers and plants I can't remember off the top of my head..
Wewh! And that's all without telling you what's growing in the kitchen garden.. Lol

What are growing this yr?


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