my organic garden built with and for my kids

the garden taking shape

but I love it!

Got a lot done this weekend in the garden. Fabric on the melon beds. Mulched the first tomato bed. Planted sunflower seeds. Set up the whole irrigation and timer. Spread hay inbetween the rows. 3 reasons for this; to keep the weeds down, to keep the mud down and most importantly to try and keep the feet of the little ones on the paths and out of the beds.

Here’s 2 of them enjoying a little fresh baby arugula


the garden gnomes


whats eating my arugula?


The raddish and carrots are coming up and the cukes ans toms look good. I might have hurt my peppers a bit. I was humming right along with the landscape fabric and thought hey cover the pepper bed. keep those weeds down. I think i cooked em a little. they didnt look so hot the next day. leaves curled. brown/black spots. MEMO TO SELF. DO NOT PUT LANDSCAPE FABRIC ON PEPPER BED ON 85 DEGREE SUNNY DAYS!

I am really excited about the three sisters row. Beans are coming up like crazy and the corn is making a showing. same with the squash. BUT the bed is not getting enough sun. So the tree guy comes tomorrow and I hope to remedy that situation.

Now for some more photos!

the 3 sisters row needs more sun!


a closer look...beans!

One last thing is another note to self; the old timers always said plant out on memorial day weekend. I was late this year becasue it was so cold and wet in may. Do not make this mistake again……..


Its amazing what happens when the garden gets a little sun.  Everything perks up a bit. The peppers stand straighter, The tomatoes get taller. Heck even the peas doubled from yesterday. So things are moving albeit slowly.

My late granfather Ike (may his soul rest in peace) always said wait until memorial day to plant. But I got so giddy about the garden that I just couldn’t wait.  AND the Master Gardener’s from my local cooperative extension had their plant sale on May 14th and I like to support them…..

Quick update on the seedlings. They are coming along really well. I moved the sprouted one’s (mustly cuberits (sp) ) out of the dome and under lights. They seem happy. Still waiting for the rest to pop. I am hoping to have everything in by June 15th….

One last note on the sunshine…..It picks people up just like it does the plants…….


OH 1 last thing, I like May 24th. It’s the anniversary of the Islanders winning the first of four stanley cups (never to be heard from again) and its also from a line in one of my favorite RUSH songs….

Like so many things in my life the garden was a last minute plan. That’s not to say I don’t execute these plans well, because for the most part I do. But I do want what I want and I have some seed variety’s that I want in the mix. So I got them under the grow light I own.

Side note: The grow light is actually the Aeropod system. It makes a great small seed starter. They even sell accessories for seed starting that fit right into the system. But I had this old  Park Biodome from my last incarnation as a gardener and the seed warming mat, so I used them.

Go you guys!

The point of the exercise is for me to have a place to reflect on my experiences in my brand new garden and in life.

Last weekend I installed the garden and put in a few plants. The kids are super excited and that makes me happy! In fact my son has been saving seeds from everything and anything and asked if we can grow them.  I live in NY so the avocado and orange might be a bit tough. The tomato I can do.  But it causes a moral dilemma. It is just about too late to start it from seed and actually harvest a tomato or 2. But i can tell him that one of the tom plants I have growing under the light in the basement is his. And we can go along that assumption.

On second thought,  I will not do that. I’ll tell him it’s to late to start from seed this year but that he should save the seed and we’ll grow it next.

He’s going to be seven. No reason to lie!

See blogging can be a rewarding and life affirming experience.

You can see the garden layout here. and starting from closest to farthest

Row 1; carrots and radish

Row 2; arugula (it’s a veg-e-tab-le) and shellie peas

Row 3 :cukes and sunflowers (cukes are covered cause its been cold!)

Row 4&5: tomatoes and sunflower(same with the toms)

Row 6: peppers

Row 7 (chainlink): cuke/melon/pumpkin

Left side row is the three sisters (corn/squash/beans)

all in all I’m excited!

More to be planted this weekend……….

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