Final Prep

Finally catching up to this past weekend (April 5-8).

Thursday evening, my father-in-law was kind enough to go to Rural King and pick up 50 bags (50 cubic feet, 2000 lbs) of top soil for me.  He brought it to the house and unloaded all of it.  I can’t thank this man enough, as he always goes out of his way to help others.  Thank you Wayne!

Friday evening, I bought two bails of straw to hold the soil down and keep the moisture in.  I also stopped by Lowe’s and picked up a bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer and a bag of Lime.

 

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Weeding and Digging

Two weekends ago (Mar 31 – Apr 1), I was able to get back out into the yard and work on the gardening plot.  The tilling and raking I had done the previous weeks worked pretty well and there wasn’t much grass showing through.  So, I actually spent about 2 hours on my hands and knees, manually pulling out what grass and weeds were left.

Creedence spent the entire time outside with me and had a great time.  This little girl had dirt on top of her dirt, by the time she went back inside to take a bath.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of this dirty little girl.

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First True Leaves

Yesterday the first True Leaves for most of the seedlings started coming out.  What an exciting day!

You can also see some of the seedlings that my cats mauled.  I’m surprised at how resilient these young plants are.  Some of the seedlings that I thought were done for after the cat attack, have come back and are doing quite well.  Nature is amazing.

 

 

 

 

Plan B

When we last left off, I was hand tilling my 19′ by 30′ plot with a Garden Claw.  After an hour or so of this and 3 large blisters on my right hand, I gave up for the night.  But that wasn’t enough… I had to have some more punishment and started up again last Monday afternoon.  Yeah… that’s me… stubborn.

After a little longer I finally listened to the voice of reason (called Renee… my wife) and went to Lowe’s and bought a tiller attachment for my weed trimmer.  The ever popular Plan B!  I came home… attached it… cranked it up… the Heavens opened… light shined down… angel’s sang… and all was well.  For about an hour.  Then the fuel line on my weed trimmer broke.  Yay me!  I called it another night.

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What Was I Thinking?

Well, it’s been almost two weeks since my first blog post.  So, I think I’m going to break this one up into two entries.

On Saturday last weekend Creedence (my youngest), Taylor (my oldest), Renee (my wife) and I started our seeds.  We used a 70 count Jiffy starter, a 36 count Jiffy starter, two 10 count starters I bought at Aldi.  Here’s what we started in the peat pellets.

17 Corn, 12 Cucumbers, 6 Cherry Tomatoes, 6 Beefsteak Tomatoes, 12 Basil, and 17 String Beans – in the 70 count Jiffy.  12 Lima Beans, 12 Spanish Sweet Onions, and 12 Watermelons – in the 36 count Jiffy.  10 Green Bell Peppers and 10 Cantaloupes in the two Aldi starters.

Creedence had so much fun planting those seeds.  She’s very excited to get those things planted in the ground.

 

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Getting Ready

My wife Renee thought it would be a good idea for me to start a blog, so that my 2 1/2 year old daughter Creedence, can one day look back on all of this. That sounded like a good idea, so here we go!

After many years of vacillating about planting a garden, I finally decided to get things started. Knowing full well that I’m getting a late start for spring planting, I’m going to give it a shot. Since I’m starting so late, I’m fairly certain that my yield will be pretty low and the plants will get burned up by our lovely Florida Sunshine. As long as I get something out of it though, I’ll be happy.

I went out and bought a large seed starter and some smaller ones, so that my daughter Creedence can plant some of her own. As you can see I have some corn, string beans, cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe, green peppers, and basil. I also have some watermelon seeds someplace that I collected last year.

 

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