Vegetable gardening 101

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.  ~H. Fred Dale 

My husband and I  put in our very first vegetable garden after an inspirational visit to a fruitful garden in Texas. We debated for a while about raising the garden bed  but realized its fine to just till the existing soil.  With a little help from a classmate I was told where we could get soil tested, and receive recommendations for soil content based on the type of vegetation you are planting.  So I dug up a few cups worth of soil and had it sent off. In the meantime, I decided to start the vegetable seeds in small peat containers. For a while they did very well, they all germinated however one day I left them out too long in the sun and subsequent days later  insect larvae (caterpillars) finished them off. So we ended up purchasing a few plants knowing their survivorship would be much higher than starting new seedlings. So we picked up 5 Pepper plants, 8 corn, 4 herbs, 8 peas, 8 string beans. Soon our test results were in and we picked up the appropriate fertilizer. So today was planting day, we had a friend till our 5’x10′ garden plot and then planted  our vegetables. Lastly, to deter herbivory we put in a small 2′ fence. Now we’re just waiting to enjoy the fruits of our labor! (With definitely, some watering & weeding in between that time.)

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3 thoughts on “Vegetable gardening 101

    • No – but good eye it is curly-leafed parsley. Parsley is in the same botanical family as carrots good old Apiaceae!

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