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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It’s a Jungle Out There…

 

Were you around waaaaay back in May when I moved the vegetable garden to this sunnier site next to the garage?

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And do you remember when I built a raised bed to keep the dogs from running through it?

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I made it from reclaimed lumber, and showed it off here.

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The popular vote was to not paint it, so I didn’t.

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In order to maximize the space, I very carefully planted my cucumbers so they would grow up a trellis made from crib springs, and the zucchini and summer squash were planted in a seat frame from an old kitchen bench.

The idea was to have the frame create the “hill” recommended for planting zucchini on.

Then I planted cabbage and peppers toward the front, so they could get the most sun.

So far so good.  I then bought a 6 pack of cherry tomato plants even though I only wanted 2 to plant in the earth box. 

The rest were going to go to my daughter and son-in-law for their garden.

Only they didn’t come to get them.  So to keep them alive I stuck them in my veggie garden, next to the cabbage.   God forbid I should waste those perfectly good plants, know what I mean?

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Look how neat it is!!   outdoor kitchen 008

Then Deb and I decorated it 4th of July weekend.  It looked so pretty!

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That was then, now take a look at what it looks like today.

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The zucchini plants are trying to get out and take over the yard…..

 

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And the extra cherry tomato plants are sky high and growing over the top of everything.

Cabbage, what cabbage?

I can’t find it anymore.

I think the zucchini ate it.

 

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It really is a jungle out there.

Especially when I’m “going in” to harvest the cukes, which, by the way, are the most plentiful I’ve ever grown.

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So much for my nice neat raised vegetable garden!   

Maybe next year I won’t overplant……

Rose

17 comments:

  1. The entire time I was reading everything you were planting in this area, I kept thinking, "hmmm...wonder if she knows how much space those plants will take up?"
    I too am an over planter and every.single.year I do it. It starts out looking awesome and then it just goes nuts. Definitely not a Better Homes' Garden, but it gets a high yield.
    Love what you did with the raised beds. I've been begging my husband to make me a few.

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  2. Over-planting is so easy to do. I didn't plant a thing this year. I intended to fix all the messes in my yard. So far it hasn't happened. Time for it in fall, right?

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  3. You did great! I went to a Fall lawn care lecture, here in Ga., on Saturday and pretty much all the veggies burned up in our heat. I do not grow veggies only flowers but I love your raised bed. This guy said tomatoes really do better in large containers and your bed is certainly that. hugs♥olive

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  4. Too funny! Yep you did just fine with you raised bed garden! Enjoy your harvest!!

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  5. I think it looks perfect! :) But then again, I have never planted a garden of any sort!
    Better to have too much than not enough. Bad zucchini. I'm sure it's just holding the cabbage hostage!
    hope you're having a good week,
    gail

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  6. Oh gosh, I tend to do that all the time. I have been known to plant two Big Boy tomato plants in one five gallon bucket. With me it's every plant for itself. Hope you find the cucumbers.

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  7. Don't ya just love it!!! I planted the variety of Armenian cucs this year....baseball bats, that is what are!

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  8. Wow, it's still so impressive! I so want to do a garden but don't know the first thing about it. You are very inspiring to me to get out there and learn!

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  9. Our garden went up in weeds this year. I keep saying "next year..." Course I say that every year... :)

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  10. Hahahaha Rose... pay the ransom and free those cukes... at least you got them to grow... I tried once and they all died. Wow, is all I could think of when I saw the final pic... lol.

    Look at the bright side you are still an excellent carpenter...lol. Enjoy your harvest.

    Hugs, Deb

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  11. Sure wish I had started a garden this perfect summer. Swarms of grass hoppers were predicted but it rained early and killed hatching eggs! Maybe next year. Yours is so wonderfull!

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  12. Bwahahahahaha! I love it! I have garden aspirations, but every single garden I've planted I have had to move before I could harvest it. I finally decided that gardening=moving. However, I'd love to start again. Zucchini will take over the world if given the chance.

    At least you know you have a good spot.

    http://froufrugal.blogspot.com

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  13. No one can say anything about your green thumb, at least you planted a garden. Next year we should have a spot on the side of the house, we will see!!

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  14. the raised garden is so nice! i love your recycled trelis!

    and about the jungle, at least there are plenty of fresh cucumbers!

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  15. I was around waaaay back then. Oh my goodness, that would be a great photo before and after for Miraclegro or something even though you didn't use it :)

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  16. Hi Rose:

    I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how much I love your blog and Gail's blog at My Repurposed Life. You both have motivated me so much. Thank you for you all you do.

    Kim

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