Garden Update and Allatoona

Got the 2nd of my raised beds planted today with seed from South Georgia Seed Co. If all goes well, that bed will support tomato, okra, cucumber, greens, and leeks, organized as below.

Cucumber Cucumber Okra Okra
Tomato Tomato Tomato Tomato
Greens Greens Greens Greens
Leeks Leeks Leeks Leeks

I’m not going to commit to this too solidly, but I’ve started an album to store a time lapse gallery of the 3 main beds here. If I stick with it, should be cool to look back at the end of the season and see how it went.

Besides working in the garden for a bit, the boys and I did some fishing at Allatoona to wrap up a my last day off. We didn’t have a lot of luck, just some small ones, but I do love seeing them get more and more self sufficient and independent!

Garden Update

I made the mistake of not labeling a set of seeds I had set in peat discs a week or so ago. Simply a consequence of my overzealous ambition, because I knew at the time that I’d never remember what was what. And here I am today facing eight new seedlings that look nice and healthy, but with no idea what they’ll grow up to be. Next time, better labeling!

Highlight of today though was getting to bring in the first of our cucumbers and share it with my sister’s kids who were over at our house. It was good, tasted like a cucumber should, and represents the first real fruit to come off that plant this year. Exciting stuff!

Garden Update

The boys and I filled the third 4’x4′ square foot garden this morning after one last dirt run to home depot. Buying dirt just feels wrong considering beneath the grass in my yard is a nearly unlimited supply, but my dirt is red Georgia clay, so I’ve been led to believe supplementing with a higher quality soil will pay off.

Jack (8) and Zane (5) were actually a huge help getting the raised beds set up. From building the boxes themselves to helping me run the last bit of twine this morning, it’s been a group effort so far, and they’re both into helping out for now.

I’m super late with some planting, that I know, but I’m going to just charge ahead with it anyway, accepting that this will be a learning season for me for sure. While I have a few moderately established tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers going from back in early May, I’ve also got some new-ish okra, squash, and beans going, with some truly brand new seedlings having just gone in today.

Of the three raised square foot beds that I plan to use as my primary growing area, I planted seed in the middle bed today – peppers, squash, onion, etc. I’ve also some other seedlings on the front porch – tomato, more peppers, and gourds sprouted in peat that are going to need to go in somewhere shortly. Besides that, I have a small order of seeds coming in from South Georgia Seed Co that will be the last handful of seeds to go in the ground, late as it is.

Of all this so far this year, the two that have surprised me are the cucumber plant in the ground and the bell pepper in the HD bucket. The cucumber because it absolutely took over the ground bed and is now climbing up a quick rope trellis like a champ. The bell pepper is doing what it’s meant to do, I’ve just been surprised that such a large fruit, and so many, will come off such a small plant!

New Recurring Blog Topic – Gardening!!

Years ago, when I first started dabbling in bushcraft and primitive skills, I felt the need to preface my writings with an I’m far from an expert clause much of the time. That’s because I use writing and photography, even publicly shared, as a method by which I myself learn. By so doing, I met many, many kind folks who are further down the expert road than I. They were often so generous with their advice, experience, and insight that it was like an “Advance to Go! experience most every time.

Well, I find myself here again! Sitting right at the starting line of a brand new exploration, having barely a clue where to start and fully prepared to make a barrage of mistakes in the journey. But pride is a thing that’s rarely useful in learning, so public embarrassment it shall be! …and maybe a success or two somewhere in there too, I hope?

One last thing as this series kicks off – I do see the irony of writing about cultivation on a blog with Wildland in the name. Well, that is because this interest took my by surprise, and I kind of like the conflict of terms anyway!

Summer Garden

The garden is now spread out across four different areas, each making use of a different model of gardening. At the start, I planned to stay with containers, as I’ve done that before and found it quite easy to keep peppers and tomatoes going.

But after picking up my first batch of seedlings, I found that I had over purchased, and had a bit of excess that I could not waste. To handle those extras, the garden overflowed from the porch down to a quick, small (3’x7′) in ground bed that I quickly turned over for that purpose.

From there, the experiment expanded into planting directly into bags of soil – an experiment that is still in progress, but seems to be working so far. It’s early to say though what the season’s end result will be with that.

Finally, this weekend, I constructed three 4’x4′ square foot beds that I’ll be planting in this week. I know, it’s pretty late in the season, but what’s the harm in going for it anyway?

This winter, once everything had died off, I’d really like to stake out and turn over the ground for a long, narrow in ground bed. Ultimately, I’m not sure what model I’ll stick with, but I’m finding a good deal of enjoyment in the creativity and possibilities of backyard gardening!