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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Greatest Garden Contest: Veggies, berries and bees, Oh My!IMG LOADED on: August 10, 2006 05:30:44 PM
After a few years off from vegetable gardening due to my yard being a gopher haven, my wonderful hubby dug me two 4x12 "raised" beds. Kiss

 He dug about 3 feet down, then we both laid chicken wire, built wood edges, and refilled to above the ground line with sifted soil and compost(lazy sifting I admit, Im still pullin rocks out Undecided )

I have gone with the "half square foot" method of gardening, other wise known as, I-cant-pass-up-a-plant-now-its-a-crazy-jungle style. Considering my seed buying habit, I doubt its going to get any "better" this fall. Although we do plan on putting in two smaller beds for some of our fall crops(kale,broccoli,carrots,chard,cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts etc..)

I have had MAJOR garden problems, I am trying to roll with the punches and learn as I go.

There are early, just after planting photos, some middle stage ones at about 1 1/2 months of growing and more current ones. My apologies for the weird sizes, please check out my flickr page for more garden photos!(I swear Im like a old man, cause I can piddle around in the garden all day, and a parent, snapping tons of photos of my "babies" while they are growing, *sniff* the memories)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/40455922@N00/sets/72157594168642556/

Beginning right side, desiccated by pincer bugs, two tomatoes, some kale and marigolds, the beets have not sprouted yet in this photo.

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the right side a few weeks ago before we put the paths in.

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New middle, tomatoe, bell pepper, lemon cucumber.

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Middle a little ways in. Notice I crammed some onions in...
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Middle pre paths,

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Left start, tomatoe, lemon cucumber, spaghetti squash, eggplant(RIP)

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month and a half...

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YIPES! its getting outta control!
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One of the beets,

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Baby artichoke aka aphid hotel.

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Amaranth! I have around 90! seedlings I need to put in the ground, still...*sigh*

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So yummy, french citadel peas, Highly recommended.

http://static.flickr.com/65/163399413_2665f8ce7f.jpg?v=0

My first golden raspberry. I got this one before the bugs took a bite.

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Lettuce and peas, grow your own lettuce its so easy!

http://static.flickr.com/61/163340848_8e2dba678b_s.jpg

Baby sunflower.

http://static.flickr.com/58/163340852_483b6c6d5d.jpg?v=0

Im experimenting with making my own seaweed fertilizer, PHEW WEE, not for those with sensitive noses.

Fresh seaweed (I got asked so many questions while collecting this!)

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A little time equals alotta funk....

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My favorite salvia.

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Some bees in my lavenders and lambs ear.

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Baby strawberry! If you look real close you can see where the pincer bugs(earwigs)have munched it though...*grrr*

http://static.flickr.com/88/212101799_ac37a36850_m.jpg

 Almost current shots, I pretty much cant walk between these beds now.

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To lolomako, we love you. xoxo your friends the bugs.

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*wipes forehead* thats a task with a slow computer and dial up! I wish I had the time to upload more, but I hope my garden can at least inspire those of you who feel like you have a black thumb of death like I did once.

Now off I go to fight my battles with cucumber beetles, pincer bugs,aphids, powdery mildew, late blight or something like it......   Cry  <---me sweating, or well, sometimes crying.


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