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Goats, gripes, and grasping for greatness
The garden is done but one 
7th-Jun-2016 08:57 pm
Everything is planted except the new male kiwi vine. Everything.

After I logged off of work and ran errands, I planted the last of the vegetable garden beds. I hauled last year's dead pepper plants out of the stone bed, took off the landscaping cloth, and weeded the zillion Chinese sumac starts. I also totally discombobulated a large skink. Sorry, dude. The dirt was surprisingly light in there. I think it has collected the most nice dirt, potting soil, fertilizer, etc. these past few years, and it really shows with how crumbly it is and how easy it is to weed.

I planted two lengthwise rows of Burpee Jubilee Hybrid sweet corn and Burpee Kentucky Wonder pole bean. I did sixteen hills in the two rows, eight per side, maybe 6-8 inches apart. On the outside of those rows, I planted two rows of way too many Cooks Garden Gourmet Blend* bush beans. Those should come up with three different color beans: green, yellow, and purple. Then I mulched the whole thing with the last bag from way back in pea-planting days. I watered everything that was in a planter: new, old, peas, watermelons, potatoes, everything. I did not water the pumpkin hill or the fence beans, mostly because I forgot.

The rest of the pole beans from this evening's planting went along the garden fence behind the pumpkins. I didn't plan on planting the rest of the corn, but I got the package wet when I was watering. So I chucked the handful of corn into the front section of the driveway area where the boy goats sometimes graze. I didn't plant the seeds, so have no expectation of anything but some better-fed turkeys.

In the last evening light, after I put the dog in the house, I killed off the rest of the Roundup Poison Ivy spray bottle in the brush area past the end of the hay barn. That was some entirely too-happy ivy up there. I hope I made its day a lot worse.

At this point, I'm calling the spring garden D.O.N.E. done. Sure, I might get out there with some more mulch, or actually put in those extra cucumber trellis that I only just now remembered. But I am done with the planting part of the exercises for at least a few months.


* The back of the package says bush bean "blue lake," bush bean "royal burgundy," and bush bean "mellow yellow."
8th-Jun-2016 01:12 am (UTC)
I am impressed with your efforts and reading about them makes me feel a little less overwhelmed by the idea of planting the (much smaller)!) list of things I have.
8th-Jun-2016 01:29 am (UTC)
Thanks. I think the big trick to keeping from drowning is to break it up into chunks. I don't think that any one thing (or group of things) I did took more than an hour. So if you are planning to do a new bed from scratch, look at it in chunks. Make the bed. Fill the bed. Plant the bed. Put down mulch and put in the supports/trellis. If you do it over a few days, it won't feel endless.

My other trick is to make a to-do list so that I can cross things off of it.

Good luck with your garden!
8th-Jun-2016 01:40 am (UTC)
That all makes sense!

I have a teeny balcony as my outdoor space now. On the bright side, it's easy to access even from my wheelchair, so I don't feel as daunted by watering things which means I'm willing to grow things. Yesterday I picked up dirt and compost from Home Depot. Today I got a couple handfuls of plant starts from my CSA. Hopefully the big planter I ordered will show up tomorrow and then I'll just need to fill things.
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