Organic Gardening Update

Posted by on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Garden-Seeds

We purchased a variety of organic seeds a few weeks ago.  These are seeds from organic fruits and vegetables which have not been subjected to pesticides, chemicals, or any genetic modifications.  All these seeds pictured were available at Lowe’s.

Tomato seeds are in short supply this year as well as tomato plants. I was able to find some Bradley tomato plants at Lowe’s.  Bradley is a popular variety, which is a choice tomato for canning and preserving J   When those tomatoes are ready to harvest, we have big plans for canning here at Taracooks.com!

We were a little over zealous about our plans for the raised garden.  All the pepper seeds had to be started indoors.  I used some organic potting soil and filled one of those greenhouse containers with green peppers, jalapeño peppers, banana peppers, red hot chili peppers and oregano.  The oregano has already germinated (sprouted).  After the peppers sprout (14-21 days), I will thin them out.  When they grow to about 4” tall, they will need to be planted outdoors.

Here’s what our raised bed looks like after planting seeds on Monday. Some plants require the seeds to be sown in 12” tall hills of dirt. This took more space that we had anticipated.  Therefore we only planted 2 hills each of squash, zucchini, cantaloupe, and cucumbers.  Next we planted a row of lima beans; followed by a row of blue lake bush beans (bush beans do not require stakes or poles). Notice the 9 tomato plants on the end.  They will need staking later.

Garden-after-planting

Garden-Hope-Planting

We are going to need to find another area for all those pepper plants, the remaining herbs, asparagus, rhubarb, and spinach.  Looks like it’s back to the garden center for a little more topsoil and organic mix.

Hopefully these veggies will sprout soon.  A thunderstorm was quickly moving over us as we dropped the last seeds into the ground.  God was very eager to work His wonders on the garden Monday.  Hopefully some warm sunshine is on its way soon.

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