Friday, June 18, 2010

Garden is Coming Along










Our tiny kitchen garden/jungle in a sunny corner is doing well this year. It's full of squash, carrots, onions, Roma tomatoes, and various herbs, including fragrant lavender. In between grows wild flowers and day lilies. All were grown from seeds, so it's been inexpensive to grow.

I threaded a soaker hose purchased at Dollar General through the plants when they were small, but I have not had to use it much. We've had a enough rain to keep the garden from wilting. It's also helped that plants are packed together; they are creating their own ground shade which in turn blocks weeds and preserves ground moisture.  I do have to step in periodically to trim back the edges of overlapping plants. This is especially needed with the quick growing mints and sage that can crowd out other plants such as the delicate carrot.

List of beneficial companion plants

9 comments:

Myrnie said...

It looks GREAT!! Has it been rainy everywhere this year? Sure seems like it.

Debbie J said...

Its wonderful that you have your own veggies and the fact that they were grown from seed makes it even better. I'm thinking of planting some squash in succession plantings so that we have them all summer.

The Darling Homemaker said...

I think growing your own veggies is the best thing anyone can do. I hope to grow a veggie garden one day.^_^

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

If you can believe it, our load of dirt for our raised garden arrives today and we're planting from seed tomorrow. The weather has been so miserable here in Kansas that we almost gave up on planting (which is why I didn't start any seeds indoors which I should have). Wish me luck as it's our first garden and it's huge (ahem, hubby built it). Do you happen to have a garden plan I could use? Mine's outdated for this time of year I think...

Lily said...

One of these years I'm going to be a successful gardener. Good luck with yours :)

....Petty Witter said...

Saw your blog mentioned on Lily's Never Fading Wood and thought I'd stop by to say hello.

Great to be able to grow your own veg. I kill just about every plant I touch - apart from rhubarb and (indoors) cacti.

Nice to meet you, I've enjoyed visiting.

Margaret Mary Myers said...

I am soo impressed.

Margaret Mary Myers said...

I would like to expound a little more on my comment ("I am so impressed"). I have a black thumb and about the only thing I can keep alive is a cactus houseplant...and holding my breath on that (nice to see your comment, Patty, and know I'm not the only one). But Alexandra, I'm not only impressed because I can't grow stuff and you can, but also because you are able to grow so many things in a small space...and it looks like they are thriving. Enjoy!

Elizabeth G. said...

Love it!