|4||broccoli *||broccoli *||spinach|
|5||chives||parsley *||oregano *|
Or more accurately, "c'est commencé." I finally started a garden. I'd been going to get some dirt from a guy on Freecycle, but, long story short, it didn't happen. So we drove the CCS car I'd reserved five blocks to the nursery and bought all of the various dirts, including generic "potting soil" to replace the soil I'd been going to get on Freecycle. All told I got 3.8 cubic feet of peat moss, 6 cubic feet of potting soil, and 2 cubic feet of composted chicken manure. (I realize I should have had 2 cubic feet less soil and 2 cubic feet more manure, but at the time I was confused and thought the manure was, um, fresh. They claimed they didn't have compost or composted manure, and the bags weren't where I could see them before I bought them, so I only saw that it was composted when I got home.) I also bought seeds, bloodmeal, a few small plants and a good nozzle for the garden hose. We got the dirt back home, and the landlord helped us take it through the store to the backyard so we wouldn't have to carry it up two flights of stairs only to have to carry it back down two flights of stairs. And then I got to work. I'd already built the bed and mulched it with cardboard. I sprinkled the cardboard with a good dose of bloodmeal to help it decompose (so the plants roots could break through if and when they get down that far). I layered the different kinds of soil in the bed, and then dug it over so it would be well mixed. Then, using furniture nails I had placed at one foot intervals along the edge of the bed, I used string to mark out one foot squares so I could more easily plan, plant and harvest. Then I planted. I realized afterward that altogether I planted seven kinds of edible plants. I hadn't been counting before--that's kind of a lot to keep track of in my first garden. I didn't actually plant in all of the squares, though, because I want to stagger my planting so I don't have a huge glut of one thing all at once and none later. I also haven't decided what I'm planting in two of the squares. I put coffee grounds in the holes with the peas and spinach, and sprinkled some around the seedlings, and over the seeds (except the carrots, which don't like too much nitrogen). So, here's what I've got. Things in brackets are planned, things not bracketed are planted. Starred things are seedlings/small plants, the rest are seed.
Soon on my to-do list is to put up a trellis for the peas.