|September 23rd 2012|
|October 27th 2012|
As you can note the whole top of the soil is covered by the lettuce blend mentioned above. I used the lettuce as a live mulch. They grow very fast so they blocked out all the weeds from growing in the plot. Also, they have shallow root systems so they wont bother the bigger plants they are growing around. It looks crowded, but it doesn't have the negative effects of over crowding.
Also growing in the holes are white Lisbon bunching onions, German chamomile, Burpees marigold happy days mix, and fern leaf dill. All these flowers and herbs repel bugs. Bugs hate the smell and taste of them. So I hoped they would act as a natural pest repellant. So far so good.
Back left is lavender, which isn't doing too good. Again, its a herb and doesn't like rich soil and lots of water. So I avoid watering it as much as everything else. Half of the stems died back. The other half seems to be stabilizing. Maybe it was just too hot? Now the weather has cooled down significantly.
Front right is Ruby Red cabbage which is also growing well.
Back right in the cage is a patio tomato. Not sure what variety. It has several tomatoes growing on it. So far no signs of blossom end rot like the tomatoes I planted at my apartment. Seriously, my potted apartment garden is not fit to grow serious vegetables. Every vegetable I planted there during the summer did horribly. Everything growing in the community garden is doing great. My apartment garden is now only for growing flowers and herbs that I commonly cook with.
Introducing my 2nd plot which was planted October 21st 2012. There are morning glories and super sweet 100 tomatoes growing up the round wire trellis. I wonder how the tomatoes will do during the winter here.
Then in the middle section is blue lake #274 bush beans, Burpee's salad select spinach, and neon lights mixed swiss chard. I've never cooked with swiss chard. The neon lights swiss chard comes in so many colors from pink to yellow, so I grew it because its a beautiful vegetable. Then at the far left is some more broccoli packman hybrids and ruby red cabbage. Also, 2 seedlings of broccoli majors hybrid survived from some that I grew from seed. It will be interesting to compare the flavor and outcome of the different broccoli varieties. Then on either side of the plot is some Bibb or Limestone lettuce variety, and baby choi cabbage.
Lastly there are some garlic bulbs I planted. I bought some organic garlic from the grocery store and planted them. The garlic sold from seed companies etc... are very expensive. You can grow garlic bought at your grocery store just make sure its organic. Garlic bulbs are usually sprayed with a chemical to inhibit growth. So I thought to try growing organic bulbs, because organic means they have no chemicals right? The organic bulbs all ready had shoots growing so that was a sign that they would grow in my garden. I separated the cloves and planted them 4 inches apart. I use garlic in everything I cook so I made sure to plant lots of it. I'm in zone 9 so it is recommended to plant garlic in warm climates starting late October through November.
This is a close up of the bush beans. As far as I know these are green bean type of beans. The blue lake variety is a really compact plant and a heavy producer. You grow them 6 inches apart so its perfect for small spaces. I think I have at least 15 of these growing which will provide tons of green beans. I expect to start harvesting around December 18th.
So thats it for now. I'm so happy I joined the community garden.