Saturday, May 23, 2009

Growing Up!

Despite not having any rain since we've planted the garden, things are starting to grow!! The first thing to pop out of the ground is the little radishes.

Yeah! Also, we had transplanted a cucumber 'plant' that hadn't germinated yet, but that too is up.
Now, to keep the birds away. We're trying a few different techniques, but we're coming to the realization that it's going to be tough to keep the birdies away from all of our seedlings. Hm... we'll keep trying the tips that are recommended though!

We're also praying for rain. =) Jake has been hauling a 5-gallon bucket of water out to the garden every couple of days to give the plants a drink. This reminds us too much of our slop buckets at the MTC. =) We'd surely appreciate some rain!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Our Garden!

First, they staked out our garden. 60 x 60 because that's how wide "the sprayer" is.

At first, it just looked like a huge dandelion garden because they mowed around the garden.

Then, they sprayed it with a weed killer. All the dandelions grew back except for in the garden area.

Norman plowed it for us. Jake is out there watching and it sort of gives you an idea of the size of our plot. (For all you Jungle Campers out there, you could fit about 9 JC houses inside our plot! haha! I think that's crazy!)

Next was to cultivate it. Again, thanks Norman!! Now it's ready to plant!

We mostly bought seeds, but we did start with a few plants.

A LOT of planning went into this garden so we wanted to stick to our plan. I think we did a pretty good job!

We marked out the rows, dug a little trench and started planting the corn. Oh yeah, that pile of stuff in the corner is manure. There's a lot of it around here so we get free fertilizer!

Putting in a cucumber plant that some critter picked the leaves off of that very night! grr...

The end of day one! Most of the garden was planted at the end of the first day. We finished it up for the most part the next afternoon. There are only a couple more things to put in and we'll be finished!

If you're curious, here's what we planted:
Corn (Thanks, Pa)
Pole Beans (Thanks, Lydia)
Green Beans (Thanks, Barb)
Yellow Squash
Bell Peppers
Jalapeno Peppers
Sweet Potatoes

Also, a few herbs in a planter box:

We still have room in the garden (go figure) so we may add some watermelon and lots of flowers!