200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The Early July Garden
This is really my first garden ever. Last year I threw a couple plants in odd places and got an ear of corn, a tomato, and a million cucumbers. This year I've got the raised beds, but am just learning what to do with them and what to do with a garden.
The leftmost bed has beets in the front, broccoli in the back, and spinach ending, replaced by basil in the middle. I harvested and roasted some beets yesterday. Yum! I see now that I should have thinned the beets. I can see how too many plants, too close to each other have made the beets smaller than they could be. Still tasty though!
The middle bed starts with some pepper plants that aren't doing anything, followed by more basil, and a thousand tomato plants.
The uphill bed has 6 cucumber plants in the first two feet, and zucchini and squash at the end. Something tells me I shouldn't have crowded these things in so tightly. In the middle of the bed is what I'm really, really looking forward to.
Next year I'm not going to grow broccoli from seed, or likely, at all. The broccoli I've grown tastes like what I can get at the grocery store, and I could use that space for something that isn't easily purchased. Later this year I want to make another raised bed downhill from these three, and use it for strawberries.
I've finished the easy part of the sliding barn door, the actual door. The hard part is hanging the rolling track absolutely level, cutting the bottom of the door to match the rock and not-rock terrain down on the ground, and hanging the thing up. This carpentry thing isn't too different from sewing (except you use different tools!). In some respects sewing is harder because the material and seams can curve to make 3 dimensions in one seam. I still wouldn't attempt a 3-d building though!