Monday, March 23, 2009

Finished planting maybe

Rachel and I finished planting. I decided to build a large long mound in the middle with trenches to both sides for watering purposes. In the mound I planted an entire row of black eyed peas. And to the right I also dug a trench between 2 rows of corn. I thought once the corn grows it will be hard to water with a sprinkler so I will turn the water on and soak the area at least once a week. At the end of the trench there is a mound for my yellow squash plant. Finally I have a cucumber plant at the end by the fence. That's not too bad, but my wife thinks I went overboard because.....

I am also growing carrot seedlings in this pot and they sprouted. Have you ever seen a carrot seed?

Then I thought I am going to try to grow blueberries. Before you say anything I researched this and bought the correct type of plant for my zone here in Texas. I also tested the soil with a soil test kit and I am changing the soil type to suit the bush. They are growing. Yes I have more than one I bought 3, because for best results I need to have different types. And Texas is known as the land of berries. We will find out.

Then I came across a grapevine. I planted it last month with the blueberries. I see leaves.

As I was thumbing through my Gardening Magazine, (yeah that's right a Gardening Magazine). I saw an ad for hanging tomato plants. I know I planted 9 in the ground, but I have to see this for myself. I found this in Walgreen's for $10. I had to get it and try it, so I have 3 hanging upside down. It looks kind of funny because after 1 day it has started to grow it self back up. I also have Watermelons, Cantaloupe, and Okra, not pictured, planted. My wife does not know about them until now. The question is will she start to look for them.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The beginning

Last year when i tried this it didn't go so well. Last year I just scratched the soil with a hoe in random spots in the back yard. This year I decided to go all out. I tilled a 16X16 area in the back yard. Rachel played in the sandbox.

Rachel helped me spread fertilizer on the dirt. As I said I went all out and tested the soil. After talking with some "Old-Timers" around here the best fertilizer is rabbit droppings. I had one of my athletes sack up 100 pounds of it and we spread it around and I re-tilled.Rachel helped me sort the plants. Rachel and I decided the where to put the 9 tomato plants and 5 jalapeno plants.
I needed a break, so Rachel finished the hole for me.

After the first day we planted all the tomatoes, jalapenos, and two rows of corn (on the far right side). This left me with a lot of room. The question is what to plant next?