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Garden Update — June 21, 2011

First day of Summer!

1:16 pm

What a difference a week, coffee & grounds, compost & compost tea makes!

June 14, 2011

Before Compost, Coffee, Coffee Grounds & Compost Tea…




and now, June 21, 2011

Squashes, beans, cucumbers  and peas

Boy, do I have more weeding to do!

I was surprised that the coffee and ESPECIALLY the compost and compost tea made such a huge difference!  Even the strawberry perked right up!

The ‘tea’ was super easy to make — 5 gallon pail, fill 3/4 way with water, add in a few handfuls of compost, stir and let sit for about 2 days.  I waited to 2 days, and then using a container, I fed each plant.  The next day, they shot up, greened up, and look sooooo much better!

What do you do/use in your garden?  I would love to hear what different people use/do.

I’m trying to keep everything I use Organic — No pesticides!

I still have more squashes, cucumbers, cantaloupe and others to plant.  I’m just transplanting into the garden a few at a time.  I’ve been scouring YouTube for ideas for trellises.  I absolutely love the idea of growing butternut and spaghetti squash vertical!  The cucumbers, cantaloupe, and strawberry can be trained also.  ;0)    Here are 2 videos that are inspiring me..(the second one is a bit loud!)……

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Memorial Weekend

Ya, I’m slightly late with posting, sorry.
The new garden went in on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.  It’s roughly 20′ x 20′ and it was all tilled in about an hour.  That’s 4 passes!  Not too shabby. Plus the roto-tiller only cost 50 bucks for a four-hour rental.  🙂

My honey really is the greatest!  ;0)

I haven’t done much knitting, but I have been sewing some……pictures later.

Now for the garden evolution.
My Honey bringing the tiller to the backyard for some serious turning!

Just look at this bad boy!

Area is all staked out. Let the fun begin!

First Pass — Clutch is supervising!

Second, third and fourth passes all look the same ;0)

OOOOOOOOOOOOOO yummy soil just waiting for veggies!

Raking for a finishing touch!

Fence is going up.

One side almost………

One side is done. ;0) I love my gate.

Clutch is inspecting the work. Not too shabby!  There is NO WAY that groundhog is getting in here! (I hope!)

Yea! All done!

These are the veggies waiting to go into the garden.


I’ll post more pictures in a few days, or even tomorrow ;0)

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First tomato of 2010!

The first cherry tomato appeared all ripe and ready today! It actually came from one of the container plants. We were curious which plants (ground vs container) were to produce first.  The only thing I’ve been doing is watering, and feeding egg shells (crushed) and coffee grounds (filter & all).  They seem to love it!  Best of all, NO CHEMICALS!

There are more cherry tomatoes starting to ripen. They will be gobbled up this week! The beefsteak tomatoes are getting there, can’t wait for those! I’m thinking sauce & meatballs…

Clutch is still curious about the plants, and tries to dig in the garden whenever it’s open, but leaves the plants alone. Next week he’ll be 7 months old!

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