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.
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.
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.
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?