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Monday, March 18, 2013
What are some of your other interest?
I usually just concentrate on veggies, I don't mess around with flowers except I like to plant sunflowers all around the front of the house. So I will start veggie seeds indoor this week, as we usually aren't able to plant until the first of June (hopefully) and with the short growing season of about two and half months those seedlings need all the help they can get.
I like to keep things easy and affordable or it's no fun. I don't like to fuss over the garden. Like compost, I used what's on hand: leaves, ashes from wood, straw and duck poop. So even Luigi does his part! Duck manure is considered a hot manure and needs sit for a year before being ready to use. So I have a small compost pile that I rotate from spring to spring
The main veggies I plant are: tomatoes, cucumbers, green and hot peppers, onions and carrots. Each year I try to plant something new and different I haven't planted before or try another veggie again that didn't succeed very well. Last year I tried broccoli, which turned out great and I'd like to do again. The dogs loved it! This year I'm going to try again at growing lima beans. I had some luck with them last year, but I started my seeds too late to get a good amount.
I only have so much room as my garden is small raised structure that hubby built where it has the best possible sun, considering the amount of trees we are surrounded by.
I use a method called "companion gardening," an age old method of growing certain plants together to benefit each other. It helps in warding off insects, disease and helps each plant grow. Two things I've learned: put radishes in your cucumber hills and you'll rid yourself of the cucumber beetle. (May work for squash as well) and that peppers grow great next to broccoli. The cucumber beetle was actually sucking the life out of my newly planted cucumbers because I'd been lazy about planting the radishes in them. When I finally did my cucumbers came back to life in a jiffy. And I'd heard conflicting results about putting broccoli next to green peppers, but my green peppers flourished next to them and were some of the biggest and best I've ever grown.
So what are some of your other interest?