I was staring at my raised bed the other day and I wondered if the Home Owner’s Association will complain about it. It is not a permanent structure. It’s not obstructing any view. In fact, the part that you can see from the ground is transparent. But, home owners associations are miserable things. Still, I’m very proud of what I’ve done with my deck.
I need to sweep but it keeps raining! No, I am not worried about the deck. It is not new and it needs to be pressure washed and re-stained. That will probably happen next year. Most of my stuff has built in water catches that only overflow after heavy rain. I installed buckets under my greenhouse drains. They are just hoses so you could let them drain straight down or catch it. I catch it and recycle the water since it is heavy with fertilizer from the fertilizer in the mix.
I also try to put my water cans outside after I fill them. This lets the water come up to outside temperature so its not shocking to the plants like my super cold tap water. Also, it aerates. I’m on city water so some chemicals such as chlorine work their way out of sitting water after an hour or so. It is not a perfect system. I’ll have hose access in a few weeks and if I have to water them I have to fill the container, but it is good with the seedlings.
I have two big cans and one small can. The small one lets me do focused watering at the base of a plant. It seems that watering them from above isn’t the best way. Go figure. It rains from the sky but we don’t want to water them the same way. Anyway, it is about introduction of infectious material. Wet leaves can stay damp and attract mold. Water can splash up and coat leaves in bad stuff. The articles often call it ‘introducing disease’ but I feel that is an incorrect statement. It is introducing infection… but maybe I am incorrect.
I have sugar snap peas behind me as well as the mint and the potato pot. The potato pot is just dirt with a cage in it. I’m hopeful but it has only been a week. The sugar snap peas are doing okay. They are coming up after my first transplant attempt killed them all over the last two weeks. Sigh. I planted a lot of seeds and have five new pods up. Hopefully a few more will break the earth soon.
That brings me to my lovely raised bed. The green beans are coming up and I have more cucumber plants then I expected. Don’t lose track of seeds. Nor assume that because they have not germinated and everyone else has that they won’t suddenly go, “Sup?” I now have seven cucumber plants. We will see how they do. If I need to prune some out I will.
I evicted the Zucchini into pots and I’m just going to have to be diligent about searching for squash moth eggs in general. I may even have to get a tank top to help my tan even out. My forearms are already the color of dark caramel which makes the rest of me look like tea with milk in it. But, that’s not plants.
So, my raised bed has two sides. Yellow squash on one side with cucumber and green beans. The top has hooks to help with vined plants and I have sticks of bamboo to use for supports as well. The other side has lettuce and beets. The two long containers house broccoli and onions.
Having had poor germination with some of my seeds I got frustrated and did a massive seed dump. Yeah.. that turned out interestingly. I went from having one single broccoli seedling to…
We will see how they do. Big ones get to stay. Weak ones get pulled. Hopefully I’ll get a few successful heads out of this. I did the same thing on the lettuce side of my bed and have lots of little lettuce leaves peeking up. I’ve learned a lot about seedlings and how some thrive and some just don’t so I’m not overly stressed. Any baby lettuce that is to crowded will become a dinner salad.
I’ve had a very bad germination rate with just trying to plant a few seeds so I went for the whole packet. I need to find a happy medium.
This handsome man is a green bean. He is one of five that has come up. Another one is kind of pathetic looking and derpy. A third is in between. A fourth is coming up that looks like this one. A fifth just cracked the surface today so I have no idea. I planted about ten of them and so far I have a fifty percent success rate.
While at the store I decided to get some herbs. My attempt to start from seeds has been a no go. I spent some time reading “Our Herb Garden” and discovered more about companion plants and paired plantings as well at what herbs discourage things that will be bad for my garden.
I got some sweet basil, German thyme, bee balm, and marigolds. The bee balm and marigolds are to give the honey bees something to look at that they should like. The bee balm is supposed to be very pretty but it can be invasive. I’ll be putting it in its own put but inside of the bed to give it some rules. Marigolds chase things away and kill some types of root investing nematodes.
When I first started this last year I looked for plants that had what seemed to be to be well established root systems. I learned that I was doing it wrong. Those roots often meant that the plant was rootbound or getting there. It’s quite fascinating. They bloom early and lovely because they are dying and they need to spread themselves. They can recover but they are just a bad decision. Instead you want a younger plant still growing with plenty of room.
I’m still a novice so I buy at bad places like home depot instead of the garden stores that are harder to get to. I picked this thyme plant and it has almost no roots showing from its biodegradable pot.
My pictures are out of order because it kept raining on me and I would forget to take a picture here and there.
As you see, this pot is moldy. I need to inspect better. It isn’t a lot of mold. Its just from the wet conditions the plant is kept in. Its in this pot but inside of plastic and its been warm the last few days. Mildew starts. Sigh. So, off the pot comes. However, please understand that I hate these so called biodegradable pots. My second set of tomatos did terribly last year because I followed instructions.
Never again. That pot never degraded and my tomato plant just sent out a few roots and sat there like a damn idiot. I dug it back up, peeled off most of the pot and tried again. It started to grow almost overnight once I did that. So these pots now come off. I carefully peel them away.
With a plant hat hasn’t been in here for to long the pot comes right off. A few gentle tugs and you wind up with a nice mass ready to be planted. The white things are perlite. They are used to stop the soil from compacting and make it easier for young plants to grow in. Interestingly enough, perlite is a finite resource.
However, I sent my mom to pick marigolds and I forgot she can’t read my mind.
Not a good sign.
Well shit. Hopefully I can save them. I cut away the container and extracted the thing. They are not a solid, hard ball, but its pretty bad. I have read some websites on it. I found root simple where they discuss trying to save these poor creatures. I should have checked what she got. I would have gotten younger, smaller plants. These looked pretty and that is exactly why she picked them. It is why anyone would pick them. It is something that I’d never have thought about a few months ago.
If they die I’ll try again. My last marigolds just laid over and died on me last year. Now I know that we roughly transplanted them and did just about everything we could to kill them. Money wasted. Lessons learned.
I also don’t know what this is.
It looks like a seed went astray. It came up on its own and is doing its own thing. It probably mint and the invasion has started even though I moved the plant. Actually, it came up with the little cotyledon leaves showing. I’m at a loss as to what it is.
After I planted Merigold number two over on the lettuce side, I had devastated a swath of area. Welp, I decided to toss in a few green paper seeds. I don’t like green peppers so I expect that they will be fruitful and I’ll be baking green pepper stuff for everyone but me in the near future.
I’m trying to figure out watering. I don’t want to over water. I don’t have drainage issues, I’ve been checking carefully so I’m more prone to water. However, we’ve had storms the last few days. That means they are getting daily rain. I have all of these worries but mostly I’m just driving myself crazy.
I can see that the top of my bed is going to stay permanently up in about six weeks if everything grows well. I’m learning about trimming and training now so that I can get them started up their stakes and hooks and out of the bed before they become a problem.