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Who planted this weekend?

Posted April 19, 2010

Have you started planting your garden yet? If so, what have you planted so far?

We have planted 6 tomato plants, 3 yellow squash plants, 2 zucchini plants and spinach seeds.  The cukes, watermelon and herbs go in the ground this week.

We still have plenty to go, but it is so wonderful to have the garden started!  The planting part is easy. The most time consuming part is putting down the newspaper and hay straw. It really keeps the weeds down and keeps the plants from drying out too much so it is worth the effort.

Above is a picture of the tomatoes and squash. Well, you really can't see the plants very well with all the hay straw, but they are in there. In a couple weeks they will be much bigger!

Hurray for Spring!

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  • KLW Apr 19, 2010

    Faye...I walk about a mile and a half every day, but I think doing this garden Saturday, I used muscles I hadn't used since I went strawberry picking last year! I always go to Jean's Berry Patch in Apex...best berries in the state.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Apr 19, 2010

    dd - we did some strawbale gardening 2 years ago.

    Biggest benefit - no digging required and no worries about overwatering.

    Biggest negative - watering alot, cost of bales and having to prep bales early enough to season them (months before planting). Good luck and e-mail some pics!

  • ddflamingo Apr 19, 2010

    i am going to try my hand at the straw bale garden, i have 2 bales - 4 cucumbers plants & 4 watermelons plants, and 2 blueberry bushes to go beside the 3 grape vines!! :) we shall see what happens :)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Apr 19, 2010

    Your garden sounds wonderful kab! Send some pictures as it begins to grow.

    Our strawberry plants now have some cute little green strawberries on them. Looking forward to them getting big and red!

  • kab Apr 19, 2010

    18 stawberry plants, 8 bell peppers, 4 banana peppers, 8 hot peppers (my husband & kids picked out those varities!), 9 tomatoes, 2 rows of carrots and 2 rows of lettuce. We also planted broccoli and cabbage last week. Oh and 4 cucs!!! I can't wait for it all to be ready!!! We got the cucs, carrot and lettuce seeds for free at the church on Saturday that you posted!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Apr 19, 2010

    Great job Karen! I am also sore from getting up and down so much while putting down the newspaper and hay straw. My legs feel like I did a really heavy leg workout at the gym! See that - not only did I get part of the garden planted, I did a bunch of squats and worked out my legs! lol

  • KLW Apr 19, 2010

    We planted 4 tomato plants and 2 bell pepper plants. I'm SO SORE because our yard is clay and rock so we had a hard time getting some of it up so I could put down the soil and mushroom compost! Now the long wait begins.