Between planning our local ASID trade show, ASID strategic planning, Alex's graduation party and working, I snuck in just enough time to order and plant my seeds for the 2010 garden.
Sandy's greenhouse pictured right
I am a huge subscriber to the companion planting theory. Click here to see a companion planting chart.
I learn so much every year. Some of my experiments are successful and some well...not so good.
My three sisters planting method for last year was pretty much a disaster. In the three sisters method corn, runner beans, and squash are grown together. Each plant provides something for it's sister plant. The corn provides a support for the beans to climb, the squash provides a cover for retaining moisture for the corn, and the beans provide nitrogen for the corn. It sounded interesting but in my world the beans choked out the corn and the corn fell over onto the squash. It was a bit of a mess and in my book, not too successful.
Last year I decided that I would put down newspaper with straw on top to keep the weeds under control. BIG, BIG mistake. The weeds grew like crazy and the straw made it impossible to pull the weeds. As a left over bonus, I had a garden full of straw that had to be turned under and I suspect has contributed to the crazy amount of weeds in that area. See picture right.
We have experimented with two trellis systems for our tomatoes. Our first system was a section of fence that we tied the tomatoes on as they grew and it work very well. The next year we erected posts and ran wires between the posts, tying the tomato plants to the wires - again, not so good.
This year I have scaled back the flower area and planted it to pumpkins - a 200 lb variety of pumpkins, Big Moon. Can't wait to see the harvest. :)
I really love gardening and look forward to watching things grow. I am happiest when I am digging in the dirt and harvesting my goodies. I fear that I sound a bit pessimistic this year - not so! Who knows what my 200 lb. pumpkins will look like - can't wait!
Yellow Inca Hybrid Marigold
Mortgage Lifter Tomato
These red potatoes were left over harvest from last year. They sprouted and I just decided to experiment and plant them to see what would happen. They look happy so far.
Poinsett 76 Cucumber
Black Turtle Bean
Summer Medley Hybrid Squash