Jamie's Garden May 2010
|Jamie's garden plan for this year. This year will be an heirloom tomato garden. The Squash bugs invaded last year. Turns out the only way to get rid of them is to not grow squash for a season.|
|Jamie used a Florida Trellis System in his garden last year. You can see it in bed number 1.|
Jamie's redneck greenhouse. 2X4's, wood screws and shrink wrap. Looks pretty cool to me.
Sunflowers and Marigolds popping up
Double digging bed #1. Jamie moved a wheel barrel of soil out of the way to loosen up 12 inches below with a garden fork.
Compost to be spread on the beds
Move the soil next to it into the space and work back, shoveling 12 inches and then loosening, then you're done.
April 10th 2011 bean sprouts popping up. Below the beans are Burpee's American Giant Hybrid Sunflowers, Burpee's Golden Cheer sunflowers, burpee's mix marigold and some standard marigolds - pest defenders.
Organic fertilizers. Crushed granite, oyster shells, blood meal, bone meal, fish meal, alfalfa meal, rock phosphate and 2 cubic foot bags of "Bumper Crop"
from Van Winden's. A scale should be used and the LaMotte soil test should be used to see where one is at as far as soil nutrient balance before adding organic fertilizers.
Flat design from How To Grow More Vegetablese
Jamie's cost breakdown. The Shallow flats cost $9.46 each. The deep flats were $10.17.
Beans almost ready for transplant, sunflowers and marigolds and tomatoes sprouting. Cleared area to plant sunflowers, intending to use the sunflowers for the beans to climb. Below is Jamie's mix. Equal amounts of compost, bedding soil and a bit of sand to keep it loose. He also used a slow release fertilizer since this spot isn't as nutrient as his beds.Jamie used old arrows to mark location of his sunflowers. They are spaced 24 inches apart. Beans to be 8 inches apart. Flats waiting for transplants. And 30 1 gallon containers to go into beds. 10 varieties, 10 per bed, 3 beds.
So there you have it - Jamie will be doing his transplants tonight in the light of the full moon. I'll be following his garden throughout the season, especially since I can't grow my own this year, so check back to see Jamie's successes.