For The LOVE Of A Garden

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Posted by kat | Posted in Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees), Sandy Creek Farm | Posted on 23-04-2010

This year I did something I have never done before, but had thought of doing, I took in a soil sample to find out what my garden is lacking so I could grow a better garden.   It cost me $6.00 and I took a handful of soil from all over the garden and they sent it off, to a lab and when I get the results back it will let me know what I need to add.   It might be lime or I might need to as some fertilizer until I can compost better, then I’ll add that each year.  I also broke my garden up into sections, so that I will only have to till each section instead of the whole garden each year.  I should have taken before and after pictures but I didn’t think about it until I was sitting here writting this.   I can’t wait to see if the soil sample ends up paying for itself in a better crop of plants or not, but I guess only time will tell.

So far I have planted. 
Lettuce( volunteers from my mom’s garden)  Spinach, 10 volunteer onions( will need to go buy more) and a row of pea’s( have had to replant twice( once to goats and once toeither my kids or the ducks) If it was the ducks they did a nice job weeding around the bigger plants, but got all the little weed looking peas.    Today I planted Cucumber’s and Squash.

I still need to plant.
Tomatoes, Pepper’s, corn, green beans, okra, sweet potatoes and lima beans.

The JOY of working in a garden(except for the weeds, not that I don’t mind weeding) is beyond anything that I can put into words.  There is a great soothing JOY in working your hand’s through the dirt(or your toes) and being able to think about nothing except for what your doing.   I felt so refreshed after working in the garden today and more at peace with things( granted that lasted about 30 mins) but for the time I was in there it was nice to just be and not feel rushed and like I HAD to be somewhere.

Another thing I am going to try is planting Marigolds in between the tomatoes, I have read and heard they are great at keeping the bugs away and what not.  I really would like to find a better way of taking care of the bug than cemicals, but trying to do organic can be very pricey and doesn’t aways seem to have the same effects that cemicals can.   I at least try and limit what goes on my plants, so I can try and eat healthy and my family can be healthier as well.

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Yesterday, I got planted the rest of the squash, I also got the peppers and cantalope planted. Didn’t get much done today, other than setting up the tomatoes cages and checking on the watermelon sprouts. I also started okra and I hope to get the green beans and lima beans planted tomorrow if the weather holds. I also want to get the corn started so that when I put it in the ground it is already sprouted.

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