Monday, August 29, 2011

Vegetable Garden Planted

Well, its done!  Our front yard, in the unused portion of our driveway, is now home to our vegetable gardening.  Due to the large oaks and "North Carolina" themed landscape in the backyard, the front and side yard is one of our sunniest locations.

We used a pre-cut cedar raised bed product from Home Depot. At approximately $80, the raised beds were reasonably priced factoring saving time, labor, and cost versus buying the materials and sacrificing to the wood gods. We also reused our cleaned aluminum tubs and rectangular plastic containers from springtime.

We checked last season's low-volume irrigation, changing out the emitter heads for good distribution uniformity.

What are we expecting to harvest from our edible landscaping?

First bed:
  • Pasillo Bajio Chile Peppers
  • Cow Horn Peppers
  • NuMex Joe E Parker Peppers
  • Cubanelle Peppers
  • Ancho/Poblano Peppers
Second bed:
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First Tub:
  • Gourmet Baby Greens Mesclun Lettuce
  • Bibb Lettuce
Second Tub:
  • Bloomsdale Spinach
  • Red Malabar Spinach
Rectangle container:
  • Onions
  • Leeks
We only used half or less of the seed packets so we will save the seeds in dry envelopes and place them in our refrigerator to keep for spring.  As the plants emerge, we will thin them out and place some in containers for our children and the neighborhood, and keep some for our table.

We have to wait about ten days to see any green shoots! Will be taking photos from sprouting through harvesting.  Let us know how your vegetable gardening is doing.  We'll post your photos.

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