I must write this down before I forget what exactly I planted. Yesterday I finished cleaning up the 2nd and 3rd beds in the garden. The one that had the sweet potatoes in it this summer was an easy one. I just evened out the soil and took out a few small weeds. Fertilizer was then sprinkled over the whole bed and mixed into the top few inches. I watered the bed lightly and waited a few hrs before planting. Then I made shallow furrows across the bed. I planted the whole bed with greens. A couple of rows of each, Parris Island Romaine Lettuce, Bloomsdale Long-standing Spinach, Bibb Lettuce and Neon Lights Swiss Chard. I did leave some of the small sweet potato vines that were around the edge of the bed. I don't think they will have time to get large enough to bother the greens and the vines are pretty but still small.
The next bed took a little more work. It still had a little of that nasty grass that spreads by runners, that had to be removed. I dug a small furrow around the entire bed and put that soil up into it. The whole bed is raised about 6in. There were fire ants at one end of the bed so I had to be careful. I did end the day with plenty of mosquito and ant bites, hazards of the hobby I guess. After the bed was ready I fertilized, watered and waited just like the other one. In this bed I planted the Early Girl Tomato, Cabbage, Pacman Broccoli and Crispy Frills Lettuce (which is one of my very favorite lettuce types). I also planted a little bit of Collard Greens seed around the end of the bed where the tomato is, the greens will last longer into the winter than the tomato plant. It might seem silly to be planting a tomato plant this time of year....but, its a quick ripening tomato and I am hoping to get a few red and plenty of green. It will be a good excuse to try RKaynes recipe for fried green tomatoes.
I didn't take pictures of the beds yet. I think I will wait until the greens sprout, then take pics of both beds and add the pics to this entry.
Slow but sure progress......I will gladly take that. :) The weather temps coming down a bit has helped alot. I have been working on cleaning out another bed in the veggie garden. Its not done, but its coming along. There is a problem with fire ants in the walkway right next to it, so that will have to be dealt with.
Today I got some starts to go in one of the beds, I guess whichever bed is clean up first is where I will plant them. I got Broccoli, Green Cabbage, an Early Girl Tomato and a spearmint. Yes, that spearmint will be in a pot only! Although it wouldn't hurt my feelings a bit if a little of it made its way into the lawn. Wouldn't that smell wonderful when mowing? Except then when the clippings were dumped in the perennial beds, it would probably start up everywhere. I will have to just stick to the pot I guess.
Here is a picture of the new babies.
The onions we started, in the last bed we planted, are doing good. They have all sprouted and are growing.
I also found this pretty butterfly fluttering around the flowers today. Very pretty.
An updated picture of the onions...they are going good. I will thin them to give 1/2 of them more room and we will have nice fresh green onions to eat.
I checked on the baby lilies today, they are sprouting! After I planted them I put them in a partly shady spot in one of the asparagus beds. There is only one that hasn't sprouted yet. It had roots though so it shouldn't be too far behind. I love lilies so this is exciting to me that I can grow more this way.
Here is an updated picture of how they are doing. Soon I can go ahead and plant them in the ground.