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Garden Project: June Update - Lissa's Glade
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June has come and gone. I bought a lot of dirt, but I really think I'm done buying dirt. I also have the consolation that, since most of my garden is in pails that have handles and lids, I can easily move & reuse this dirt next year.

My garden, though it has netted no actual harvest yet, is getting hella big.

That's most of it. I'm pretty proud of the fact that almost every container there is scrounged. And, yes, I know it looks it. I've grown used to the bright yellow buckets.

That's my ever-reaching spaghetti squash at night

And that's my biggest tomatoes. I grew those from seed!

More pictures here.

This month, we bought a mint plant, a half-dozen each parsley and basil (1/2 to go in Eugene's garden), and chives, rounding out our herbs. I'm still giving away a couple of the tomatoes and a pepper, so the garden will shrink a little, but I've still got quite a few plants! Come August and September, I believe we will be swimming in tomatoes.

Dirt this month was about $35, plants were about $10.

Guesstimating $1 of electricity spent on my grow lamp for each month, $5.00 on spent on seeds, $17.00 on plants and $44.56 on dirt (and a time-release fertilizer), I've spent $69.56 so far. And I think the spending is done! (Cross fingers).


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eseme From: eseme Date: July 4th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
That squash photo is a beauty. The composition and the contrast is great. I had to scroll down a bit to see the whole thing, and started out thinking "Why is Lissa taking pictures of the woods for her garden post? Did she go on vacation or... Oh, the squash!"

I totally love your garden. Mmmmmmmmmm, tomatoes.
lissa_dora From: lissa_dora Date: July 4th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will pass the compliment on to the Sam, who did all the photos. :-)
myurbangarden From: myurbangarden Date: July 5th, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your garden looks amazing! I was just looking at one of my tomato plants yesterday and thinking I really need to repot it before it starts fruiting, but I don't have any more pots here. I do, however, have a number of empty kitty litter pails, but I wasn't sure if they'd be big enough. I see you've used them for that purpose; how are they working out? Are your tomatoes determinate or indeterminate? How many drainage/aeration holes did you put in the pail? Did you put holes in the sides as well as the bottom?

</barrage of questions>

lissa_dora From: lissa_dora Date: July 6th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Romas are determinate, I believe; I'm not sure about the grape tomatoes.

The pails with the tomatoes are double-stacked to make a mother-earth-news style self-watering planter. There's about 8 drainage holes & one wick hole in the bottom of each.

They seem to be working out pretty well so far. The plants have flowers but haven't yet set any fruit. I'll let you know as time goes on!

myurbangarden From: myurbangarden Date: July 6th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, cool! I really have to try my hand at creating a self-watering planter. That might give me more success with plastic pots. Thanks so much!
lissa_dora From: lissa_dora Date: July 6th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
So far, we've had no need for it, as it's been raining steadily, but I'll let you know how they work when we hit the dry season :-)
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