Thursday, March 22, 2012
I wish I had taken "before and after" shots so you all would believe me when I say that a few months ago, this area was completely trashed. It was a long and involved process to convert the backyard from a war zone with minefields of broken glass, chips of tile, and a bazaar assortment of garbage into what you see in the pictures. We had to dig up cinder blocks and bricks, shift dirt around, replace tiles, dispose of the dirt riddled with glass and other trash, and... quite honestly, it doesn't even look like the same backyard!
I suppose I actually started this garden back in December when I took a few seeds out of the inside of a bell pepper and planted them in some "seed starter" soil on a tray inside. I certainly didn't expect ALL of them to sprout, but they did! So when we finally got some good topsoil to put in the beds, I was able to transplant them outside. (You can see them in the right-hand bed.) In between, I planted a few flowers (marigolds and nasturtiums, because their supposed to be natural pest control), some lettuce and carrots. In the bed by the fence, I planted tomatoes, peas, and a couple honey-dew melon plants. I'm planning on using the fence to tie them up as they grow, so they'll use less ground space and get more sun.
In the meantime, I still have a few peppers growing in pots that I will transplant soon along with four butternut squash seeds that just sprouted in the last few days. You can see the bigger sprout with the two leaves in one of the large pots. Those I also pulled out from a squash (not seed packets) and just tossed them in the dirt to see if anything would happen. I'm not sure if you can see it, but along with the squash sprouts, I just put in a grapefruit seed that was sprouting (discovered at breakfast a couple days ago). We'll see if anything happens to it!
Here's a picture of the book by Mel Bartholomew. My dad lent me the one on the left. But it looks like he's come out with a more recent version that I'm sure is worth looking into!