Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Planter 2 the plants




I am completely late getting this photo up but better late than never. I planted a whole bunch of plants two weeks ago for planter two. The photo to the right is the beginning photo. As you can see the tomatoes already sprouted, big surprise! I also planted some more watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and some bell peppers since they didn't take the first time. At this point most of them have sprouted and I planted them in planter 2 today. I will take some pictures tomorrow and post them.

Topsy Turvey update


I was surprised when my tomato plant started to grow well in the Topsy Turvey. Well Bert the tomato plant is doing really well! He is already growing three tomatoes that are a nice size and a ton of little yellow buds. So it looks like I'll be putting my own tomatoes in my salad soon!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Planter 1 planted

It's been awhile since the last post. We have been recovering from our 4th of July weekend getaway. We finally were able to get our seedlings planted in planter one. Its just amazing to watch the little guys grow. Using the square foot garden guide we planted watermelon, Pot Marigold, tomato, Pumpkins, leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, bell pepper, peas, cantaloupe, onions, carrots, and garlic. Below is a layout of planter 1. We used leftover Popsicle sticks to label the plants.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Topsy Turvey











My husbands boss received a Topsy turvy and decided she didn't want it. When she found out we had a vegetable garden she gave it to us. I had only heard bad reviews about the Topsy turvy so when the tiny plant started growing like mad I was really surprised. It is already producing a bunch of blooms and has grown . I can't wait to see the first tomatoes :).

Friday, July 1, 2011

RATS!!!

We found out after trying to plant strawberries on the side of our house that we have a RAT! He is smart and elusive. I foresee this is going to be an issue with our veggie garden. He runs down the wooden fence making it really hard to catch him. But my biggest issue is even thought he is a pest for us, I still want to be humane (this can be tough). I researched different methods and after a family discussion my mom purchased us an electric rat trap. I read really good reviews on the electric rat traps and had a game plan. I put the trap out with out touching it directly (I wore old really dirty gloves from the garden). Placed strawberries in it and didn't turn it on (We live in California so moisture isn't an issue for the electric trap-its summer!). I was going to get him familiar with the trap and then turn it on and get him. But he never went for the bate- he is smart! So then my husband who does not care about being humane put out decon. He didn't take that either. So now my dad is going to come over and do his mojo with his wood traps. I refuse to touch the wood snap traps. I think they are inhumane and really dangerous. I really have a hard time even thinking about them. But he owns a business in Oxnard and they get a lot of rats so he has a really good system down. In the meantime I'm going to try peppermint oil to keep him away from the strawberries. Wish me luck!