Sunday, January 17, 2010

we need a veggie garden

Pat and I want to expand our vegetable gardening from this small, but moderately successful (I know. I know. How can I put small and moderate in the same sentence.) pot garden.
To something bigger in this area (rabbits included).

There is 20 feet between the path in the background to the path in the foreground. The exact dimensions are yet to be determined. We were thinking that maybe bushes or perennials around the fence line of the garden. I thought that 6 foot high snow fencing (in green, not orange, for those of you who know what snow fencing is) would keep the deer out. Maybe chicken wire added to the base would keep the rabbits out. This is a "we" project. Pat supplies the brains and I build, haul, dig, haul, and dig. Oh ya, and rototill. The ground is clay, clay and , did I mention, clay. We will amend the clay with sweet peet (zoo poop and composted leaf humus, available to us lucky gardeners in Ohio). The area is sunny till late in the day.

There are wonderful blogs and bloggers who I found through Blotanical (that's Blotanical at ) who grow and know vegetables. I stand in awe of you. I don't know vegatables. I can barely figure out how to keep my hosta and ligularia alive. I need your ideas, Blotanists. Help this poor veggie-deprived boy out. And since we don't use any chemicals for our plants, we aren't using any on our vegatables.


Noelle Johnson said...

Hi Jim,

My husband and I have the same arrangement that you an Pat do ;-) Actually, we just got home after shopping at our big box store with more supplies and therefore more work for my husband (and I).

leavesnbloom said...

HI Jim - I'm like you my veggies are always in pots. I am sure there will be loads of willing folk from Blotanical that will give you great advice. My husband would have a fit if I asked him to hold a spade never mind dig with it - he would be making sure the handle was clean before he would even touch it.heehee

Anonymous said...

2009 was my first vegetable garden season and I can’t wait for spring, as it gave me so much joy!
I don’t use any chemicals too, but there are some organic ways to fight the pests.
You grow what you like to eat - that’s main guide you need.

Ideas - too many to write, just read veggie blogs and you will get ideas... Fpr sure, you need to prepare the soil.
There is nice series of "Get Growing" posts on Daphne’s Dandelions blog - google it.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

My vegetables have been in pots recently, though I have had much larger gardens in the past. It sounds like you have a good plan, and I'll be watching with interest as it unfolds over the coming months. :)

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Good luck to you! I have vegetables in pots, in raised beds and in ground beds.

ms rabbit said...

Oh, vegetable gardening in clay, we hear you. But with access to all that sweet stuff, your patch will be beautiful in no time!