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first garden: weeks 1-10

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2015: photos and updates from the first quarter of the container garden’s life.

week 1-2:

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selecting seeds pre- my knowledge of seed catalogs. at least i selected heirlooms. i spent hours at our garden center pouring over the seed packets. i planted on 3/9/15. here’s what i ended up with for spring:

  • peas, Sugar snap
  • lettuce, Romaine, Tom Thumb, Red Oakleaf
  • arugula, Rocket
  • spinach, heat tolerant
  • turnips, Purple Top Globe
  • radishes, French Breakfast, Purple Plum
  • carrots, Thumbelina
  • parsley, Italian Flat Leaf
  • chard, Bright Lights rainbow
  • beets, Chioggia

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i built a brush trellis with bradford pear saplings for my sugar snap peas.

week 3:

we had a late freeze, so i had to cover all my seedlings with bedsheets overnight to protect them. almost everything survived.

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first harvest: a bit of greens and one radish.
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week 4:

it rained non-stop and everything grew like crazy.

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turnips.

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peas and arugula.

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spinach and radishes.

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picking arugula every day.

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radishes peeking out.

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eating greens we grew ourselves was a revelation.

week 5:

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harvesting radishes, turnip greens, romaine, arugula.

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this was the week my neighbors starting noticing the garden and i got a lot of compliments. i tried to encourage others grow a little food.

week 6:

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torrential downpours and lots of green harvest.

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tomatoes went in the ground.

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washing everything was quickly becoming a big time-sap.

 

 

week 7:

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week 8:

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two months in and i had grown a decent amount of organic produce.

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arugula bolted and i planted okra in its place. i also unsuccessfully tried to start peppers and tomatoes from seed without grow lights or heat pads, go figure!

week 9:

peas finally fruited! sugar snaps straight off the vine are a highlight of any garden.

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i build hybrid stake/cages for my tomatoes and peppers using 2×2’s, 50 feet of galvanized fencing, and fence nails.

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tomatoes already flowering.

 

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so much cilantro, we were drinking cilantro mango smoothies.

week 10:

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