Starting a vegetable garden

We’ve started a vegetable garden in our back yard! It goes like this…

GardenMr Not Terror and I decided to kill half our lawn and plant a vegetable garden. So, one night, back in October, we laid heavy black plastic across the lawn and left it there for about a week to kill the grass without chemicals. Then, we rented a till and tilled it all up. We added a wood frame and about 90 bags of soil and compost manure (it doesn’t smell). The lady at Copley Feed told us that rye grass makes a good cover crop, so we planted that late in the fall. We tilled the garden this week, adding some nice nutrients to our soil.

seedlingsWe also bought a greenhouse from a big box store. It’s got a nice metal frame and a heavy plastic cover. I’ve already moved the seedlings from the upstairs window to the greenhouse (out of the cat’s reach!) and planted a few more seedlings. I’ve never had much luck growing from seed, but it’s inexpensive, so I might as well try. So far, they look pretty good.

I’ll keep you posted as the garden progresses. I’m using SmartGardener.com to help us plan what seeds to plant and when. It’s free, and it offers advice based on our zip code climate.

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4 thoughts on “Starting a vegetable garden

  1. Thats so exciting Terra! I also look forward to seeing how it progresses. Your seeds look pretty good so far. One thing that was recently clarified to me is that seeds need heat to germinate(especially peppers and tomatoes), but the resulting seedlings don’t need heat so much as light. Of course, they don’t like cold, but they will grow hardier and less leggy if they don’t have lots of extra heat.

    Also check out your local university extension office. They often have lots of good articles and info online. I’m not sure how much of that Akron U will have, but I bet that there’re some things coming out of Wayne county where the Ohio State OARDC (Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center) is.

    What kind of soil did you get? I’ve being thinking about moving in the direction of raised beds as there is so much clay here, but it seems like it would be a big investment in soil to start. But it should set you up for the long run, just keep adding some compost and aged manure.

    That’s awesome that you planted a cover crop, it will be great for the soil!

    Are you planning on any perrennial fruits or vegetables?

    Congratulations to you and Mr. Not Terror! Growing a garden is such a good idea, and healthful in so many ways.

    Ciao!

    • Thanks do much Addy!
      Do you think the seedlings will be happy in the greenhouse? The tarp is white, so they probably get a lot of light, not direct sunlight though. Hmmm…

      Our soil has a lot of clay too, so we bought compost manure and soil, and mixed them together. The raised bed isn’t all the way full, but it’s better than the ground.

      Our garden is 10×22 feet!! That’s pretty big for beginners! Lol

      I was going to ask you about garlic. I put some garlic cloves in the garden last October. Will they become full bulbs? When do you think they’d be ready to harvest?

      The people at the gardening stores are pretty helpful.

      Planting 6 lettuce plants made me pretty giddy this weekend! This will be a fun adventure. 🙂

    • Hey Terra! I just saw the email with your response! D’oh! So I’m sure that all of your seedlings were super happy in the greenhouse and you took great care of them.

      I was just thinking about the garlic, as I’ve recently harvested mine. I had three varieties planted. Seem of them I seem to have harvested at just the right time, and some too late. Planting in October will have given you plenty of time I think. You’ll probably harvest later up there than down he, but y ou also planted earlier than I did. What you want to do is harvest before they get overly mature. If the outer layers of skin. Have started splitting open and exposing the individual cloves, you can’t keep it very long, and it’s harder to peel and keep clean. So, you want to harvest it when you’ve still got several, 4-6 maybe, leaves still green, after some lower leaves haves started to turn brown. Each brown leaf can represent a layer of skin lost which can depreciate your garlics keeping ability.

      Happy harvests!

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