Sunday, October 31, 2010
ANNOUNCING: Main St. Winter Garden
Winter Garden 2010!
Like a giddy girl, I excitedly made a plan the night before planting. I wrote out all that I had purchased at local stores (mainly mom and pop shop, Merrihews Sunset Gardens). I then thought about what plants would grow well near each other and my sun exposure and designed it from their.
Compost and worms!
This is our homemade compost from our worm compost bin at home. It was filled with hundreds of worms! I made sure to bring lots of worms in order to aerate the soil. As you can see, I love it as much as our garden. :)
We spread out the compost and worms in each bed before planting and welcomed them to their new home. We also had already dug our beds and amended the soil two weeks prior. We used Organic Amend and a very small amount of Organic Chicken Manure.
I then laid out the plants (still in their packs) in the spaces where I wanted them. I rearranged my spacing several times before planting, in order to create optimum spacing/sun exposure for the needs of each plant.
I had just finished planting my red cabbage.
This front bed has Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Early Wonder Beets, Snap Dragons and Lavender (given to me by my gardening buddy on Park Dr., Radana). At the base of the front fence (in front and behind on BOTH sides) are Knee High Sweet Peas and a Wildflower Mix.
The other front bed has Carnival Multi-colored Carrot seeds and a Romain Lettuce patch surrounded by Pansy's. Also, the Knee High Sweet Peas and Wildflowers in front.
This is my main bed that has larger veggies, multiple flowers, an herbal patch and greens. I planted Red Cabbage, Marathon Broccoli, Cheddar Cauliflower, Sugar Peas, Vintage Stalks, Pansys, Rocket Snap Dragons, Foxy Foxgloves, Lady Lavender, Berggarten Sage, Pineapple Sage, Milk Weed (Asclepias Tuberosa), Summerwine Yarrow (deep burgundy red), Bachelor Buttons and Romaine Lettuce.
Herbal section that I will build upon. I would love to add Chamomile!
Our childrens garden space! I had to create room for them to dig, explore and play. Right now my eldest is almost 3 and enjoys the process of digging and destroying rather than planting. We want him to just enjoy time in the garden now and eventually learn how to grow his own plants. I did throw in some Lettuce and Chard in his section, to get him interested. He actually enjoys munching on it as he plays.
Aside from our black soil compost, we also have compost juice. We had almost a bucket full!! Before we watered, we poured the compost juice around all the plants in each bed.
Watering everything in.
Enjoying the moment.