Accidentally Cooking

Documenting my mistakes in the garden, kitchen and pantry

New Garden Bed And New Plants

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So much to talk about!

I finally got Dana to agree to adding a third garden bed. The reasoning goes like this: We want to buy a new swing-set for the munchkin at some point. The swing-set we’re looking at has a space for a sandbox at the bottom of it. However, the new swing-set will definitely not fit over where the sandbox is now. But if we move the sandbox, there will be a big open patch of dirt where the grass hasn’t been able to grow. In that patch of dirt we can either put down some grass seed or just turn it into another garden bed.

Since I’ve got a new shovel (with a snap-resistant fiberglass handle!), and more energy than I know what to do with, I started digging. The munchkin and I went down to Home Depot and picked up a few landscape timbers, and cut them to make a 4×8 garden. I dug up the patch and turned over all the grass. By the next weekend we were able to rip out all the dead grass clumps, and mixed in the last of the mushroom soil from last Autumn. This weekend we ran out and grabbed two bags of organic garden soil and four 40lb bags of pre-made compost. We went down to Home Depot and picked up a few new plants for the garden bed and for some empty pots we had sitting around:

We also got some spearmint from my parents last weekend (they’ve had a great perennial patch of it that’s been popping up for decades), and I have a tray of Pumpkin and Spaghetti Squash seeds just starting to sprout.

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The new garden bed has the 4 new tomato plants along the back and the Butternut Squash up front. In a few days I’ll transplant the pumpkin and Spaghetti Squash seedlings to that bed as well. This should be the end of our garden plantings for this year.

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The herbs have all been arranged in colorful pots on the porch. We used mostly some bagged potting soil for these, with some stones at the bottom to help with drainage and some peat moss mixed in for moisture control and texture. From left to right, our potted herbs are: Rosemary, Spearmint, Thyme and two pots of Sweet Basil.

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We also picked up some big pots for the blueberry bushes and transplanted them. The blueberries were potted in a mixture of about equal parts potting soil and peat moss. I’ll be adding in some special fertilizer for acid-loving plants soonish, to help ensure that the soil pH gets into  a friendly range for them. Hopefully the pH being out of range won’t hurt them too much in the near term.

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Author: Andrew Whitworth

I'm a software engineer from Philadelphia PA. Sometimes I like to go out to my garden, or step into my kitchen and make a really big mess of things.

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