Sunday, January 30, 2011

How does your garden grow

A few years ago I decided on gardening and planted a few things.  Then I totally forgot about it and the rosemary bush got so big it killed everything else and took over.

Next to the rosemary some sort of week and grass mixture grew.  Isn't it hideous?  Well, I have the gardening bug again and this time I am really getting into it.  My dad has always had a super green thumb and been able to grow all sorts of veggies in his backyard.  In the past I have killer just about every plant I have ever had.  I think a lot had to do with the lack of watering (which I hear is very important to plants).  

Here it is with everything cleaned out.  I was going to make one big box but do you see that sprinkler head right there in the middle?  Well, it would be buried in dirt if I did that so I decided on two boxes 64"x40" instead.  I'm going to add rocks to that small strip between the two boxes.

I built this sucker myself.  It is a little off because the guy that cut my wood at Lowes didn't cut it right.  I need to get an electric saw and start cutting the stuff myself.

  I still need to build the second box and I need quite a bit more soil.  Once all that is done I will be able to transplant all my plants.

If anyone had any gardening tips I would love to hear them.


16 comments:

  1. im so jealous of the space you have for gardening! Im going to be availing of window boxes. just have to prep my seeds now for spring harvest :) Im doing a gardening feature on my blog as part of my ny resolutions

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  2. Same thing happened to me with the rosemary. You did an excellent job on the planter box.

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  3. Dried used coffee grinds work really well when you blend them with soil. Something in the coffee grinds made that soil rich... one year I had so many tomatoes, I had no idea what to do with them.

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  4. I love fresh vegetables and herbs and try to have a small garden every year. Good luck on your new garden! The box looks very nice - your carpentry skills are great!

    I wish we had nice enough weather to start gardening - I am so envious!

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  5. Love the box - great job!
    Gardening is so much fun! Can't wait until I can finally get started planting!! But, first, the snow's gotta go!
    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs xxx

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  6. Props to you for creating that and taking charge of you land! Unfortunately, I don't have any gardening tips for you(my sister is a pro though).. I end up killing everything.

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  7. I love it!! It looks wonderful and I must say that I am quite jealous that you can start planting now! The ground is still frozen here and I don't think I will be able to start planting until april or may. Eek! I am in desperate need of home grown tomatoes, and cilantro for my homemade salsa.
    I hope that you have a good evening!

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  8. I wish I had a green thumb - all of my plants become African Sleeping Plants (my term for dried up and dead plants :P).

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  9. FAB! Hubby and I love growing herbs and whatever veggies we can in containers - just can't wait until Spring comes & we can get outside again! x

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  10. I was heartbroken about the rosemary at first, but it's true, they can get huge!
    Thanks so much for your comment, love your blog! Besos!

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  11. Wow! My garden needs some love like that!

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  12. Wow! The rosemary sure did take over! I have a little herb garden on my balcony but it didn't do too well with the cold weather :( I think you chose just the right time to start it!

    <3 kris&kel
    www.krisandkel.com

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  13. I have a small plot like that and like you often forget I plant things. I now have two roses and some lettuces and onions. By the way UF makes lots of graet gardening literature for free. It's all for Florida residents and they break it down into the different parts of the state. They even include gardening calendars.

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  14. :) you are too cute!!! I love that you did it all yourself!! It's awesome!! I can't grow plants to save my life! They ALWAYS die, but my dad (like yours) has a jungle of awesome plants!! I wish you luck!

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  15. I've always wanted to garden..but my lazyness gets in the way

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  16. your boxes are awesome! i am jealous of your warm weather. coffee grounds are great for most plants, it's the nitrogen in them - helps the plants breathe easier but check on the internet cos if you add too much to some plants it'll kill them. a lot of small coffee shops will save their grounds for you if you bring in a bucket or sometimes like the one i work at, we put all our grounds in bags our espresso comes in outside for people to take. i'm not a perfect gardener but yeah, watering helps especially with fruits and vegetables :) a lot of plants like rosemary & succulents actually like it if you let their soil dry out all the way (stick your finger in about a 1/2" to see if it's dry) before watering. leafy greens like shadier areas so you can plant them underneath taller plants and they'll grow throughout cold weather. everyone kills plants, even seasoned gardeners - i managed to grow beet & carrot tops in containers but didn't get any actual vegetables (i think my containers were too small) you just learn along the way! nice thing about florida you can probably grow all year long...

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