Gardening 2014

A week ago Friday The Rancher helped me get my garden started. J and I lambed out a few old ewes in 2008; J built this hay feeder for the ewes. We ended up selling the sheep and the feeder has been sitting idle. I thought it would make a good “raised bed” type of garden. J hauled me some composted manure, dirt and ground hay. I mixed it all together for my base.

May 31

Tuesday I planted Brussels Sprouts, Baby Romaine lettuce, Green Pepper, Buttercup Squash and Cucumbers. My idea is to have the squash and cucumbers climb the side or end of the feeder. If that doesn’t look like it will work I have room to add something for them to climb.

I didn’t realize I grabbed Snake Cucumbers. I saw cucumbers and thought I was getting the cucumbers that first come to mind, green medium-sized “normal” cucumbers. The picture of these cucs show a longer lighter colored (almost white) looking vegetable. We’ll see what happens.

May 31

I am using tire rims again this year; 3 back wheel rims and 2 front wheel rims. I reworked the soil with the same mix of manure, dirt, ground hay and used up some left over potting soil from last year. Tomatoes are planted in the new back rim and the 2 front rims. One of the big rims has a red pepper and an orange pepper plant; in the last rim I planted zucchini.

May 31

My other garden expansion idea was to use plastic cattle mineral tubs. I grabbed four tubs and planted:

Tub 1: Parsley. I wanted cilantro for homemade salsa. At the greenhouse I was looking at cilantro plants; when I got home I had parsley?

Tub 2. Dill

Tub 3 and 4: I picked up a ground cover plant 6 pack and a 4 pack of sunflowers. I mixed and matched these plants in the tubs to have pretty flowers in front of the house.

I also bought a few perennial plants and seed packets to enhance the wild flower bed on the west side of the house.

After planting the garden we had two days of hot and wind, I was a little worried about my plants. Thursday night we had a shower and my plants perked right up.

I’m excited to watch my garden grow, enjoy homegrown vegetables, share my harvest and photograph plants.

Do you have a garden? If so, what did you plant?

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12 Responses to Gardening 2014

  1. Roan says:

    Great ideas for extra garden space. Yes, we do have a garden. We live in town, so no space here, but my brother has a farm and a tractor, so he gets a garden space ready for us every year. Along with the normal garden veggies, we grow tomatoes and hot peppers so Hubs can make his famous salsa.

  2. Kim says:

    Looks like your garden is well-organized and ready to thrive. Good luck! I’m not much of a gardener, though I love the fresh produce.

  3. The girls and I do a summer garden. I figure that it is good for them to “learn where their vegetables come from” as well as where their beef comes from! I made my garden raised and smaller this year to help us stay ahead of the weeds and watering. We have Karyn’s cabbage (named “Moo”), tomato plants, yellow squash, zucchini, and green beans. I usually also plant lettuce and spinach, but our spring weather was so goofy this year (cold turned to hot) that I decided that the cool season vegetables weren’t worth planting…

    I love being able to serve supper in the summertime where all of the food on the table was grown on our farm!

    Your gardens look great!
    Anne

  4. buttons says:

    Great ideas that is very clever. I just planted gourds pumpkins, squashes and sunflower seeds they are all but the sunflower seeds heritage seeds and very unusual my plan is to use them at the wedding at the end of the summer for decoration and eating I am excited. Have you ever seen blue green pumpkins or bright red warty squash all very edible . I hope they grow. I planted them in a very old hay and manure pile, now rain and patience.
    A Bunnie ate all my kale ☺. Good luck Robyn. Lookin good. HugB

  5. Bonnie says:

    Dad has an old tractor tire rim that I’m eyeing for a planter. Great ideas. Those mineral containers should do great. I grabbed a bunch from home, but need to cover the brilliant blue with with some dark green. I can’t wait to see how your garden grows. Just got my sweet corn in. Good luck.

  6. Cheri says:

    Great ideas for raised beds!
    Cheri

  7. Linda R says:

    I love how creative your are for your gardening containers. I do not have a garden.. Someday I hope to.

    Great photos my friend.

    Hugs~

  8. Linda W says:

    Very creative garden ideas! My hubby has the green thumb in our family and always plants a garden every year. Usually he plants lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, tomatoes and potatoes.

  9. Myla says:

    The feeder/raised bed is a fabulous idea! Way to repurpose something you already had. 🙂 Matt has been busy keeping his farmers happy and planting, so our garden was just planted Friday night. So far, we’ve got tomatoes, peppers (hot and sweet), peas, green beans, carrots, spaghetti squash, cabbage, cucumbers and watermelon. I also have a small-ish herb garden on the porch for easy access.

  10. Julie says:

    Yes we do. Cucumbers ( my fav), strawberries, zuchinni, watermelon, beans, lettuce, brussel sprouts. We also have a few potted plants but didn’t do too many of those this year since we have a new puppy! We have bushes, some flowering some not in the front of our home that come back each year.

  11. Candy C. says:

    Love the re-purposed feeder, your plants should climb the sides just fine. I wish I had some of those mineral tubs to use as planters. Since I’m doing all container gardening this year they would come in handy. 🙂

    • Robyn says:

      Candy,
      Cousin T’s Wife used mineral tubs last year and got a long really good. She had a couple tubs with a tomato plant and decorated her deck with flowers.
      I wish I could share and send you some tubs!

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