Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Garden 2013 - Seedlings

It has been two weeks since I planted my seeds into the starter kit and thought I would show you how they are doing.  All of the corn, beans & carrots have sprouted.  2 out of 5 cantaloupe and watermelon have sprouted and about one of each squash & cucumber.

Pumpkin seeds have sprouted!  Remember my experiment?  Well, so far so good.  Once the pumpkin starts to rot, I will plant the entire thing in the ground and see if we end up getting pumpkins.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Garden 2013 - Planting Seeds

I went ahead and planted seeds in an indoor starter kit today.  I planted the following: Early Golden Bantam Sweet Corn, Early White Bush Scallop Squash, Early Prolific Straighneck Squash, Squash Greyzini, Cantaloupe Minnestoa Midget, Hale's Best Cantaloupe, Cucumber Spacemaster 80, Watermelon Bush Sugar Baby, Contender (Bush) Beans, Scarlet Nantes Carrot and Long Imperator #58 Carrot.

And for a fun experiment, I saved one of our pumpkins from October and decided to open it up today and put in some potting soil and a little water.  Wonder if it will produce?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Garden 2013 - Controlling Weeds & Adding Nitrogen

It has been about a month since my last post and the garden bed is finally all cleared out of weeds.

The next step was to lay down cardboard and wet it.  This will kill any weed seed left in the ground and prevent future weeds from growing.

After I wet the cardboard, I laid down some old horse manure, followed by some dirt and then am letting it sit until I plant in May.  My hope is that the horse manure will decompose more in the hot sun, helping the ground to become for fertile.  When it comes time to plant, I will also lay out a layer of top soil.