Last year we built three above-ground planter boxes. We built another one, bigger though. It's deep enough for root veggies and we already have turnips, beets, carrots, parsnips and radishes growing. The carrots and parsnips were pretty slow to germinate last year so I will be patient.
We also bought some more paver stones and have filled those in around the new box. Oh let me back up a bit. We had to dig a trench, add drain pipe and irrigation system piping first. But we aren't done because there is a whole lot more sprinkler system to install. That is our next phase.
And let me tell you how bad it is to dig up my back yard. There are abnormally large rocks. They are embedded in nasty clay. Normal people can dig a hole in 5 minutes. Not us. We started the trench in February. It would take hours to get a couple feet dug out. That's with a pickaxe and a pry bar. No kidding. So below are photos spanning Feb 16 through April 10 to document the whole ordeal.
I started some seeds indoors to get a jump on planting. They were doing so well inside. Some didn't make it once we put them outdoors to harden off. Then a few more kicked the bucket when we planted them for real.
A lot of outdoor plants died over the winter. It was a rough one. I lost lots of the raspberries, two blueberry bushes, the arctic kiwi, various flowers, and a rose bush. Too bad the stupid broom bushes by the driveway didn't die. I hate them. I'm allergic to those damn things so I'm campaigning to rip them out this Fall.
After lots of hard work and determination, the garden is doing pretty well now. We have tons of squash plants, (yellow crookneck and pattypan summer squash, kabocha and acorn winter squash) that were infested with squash bugs. We have found a non-pesticidal way to dispose of them. Mix 1 tablespoon soap with water in a big squirt bottle and VOILA! Dead squash bugs! We found the info from this awesome YouTube video from Greg Holdsworth. We also have been removing the eggs like him and killing all the bugs we can find. So far, they aren't all the way gone, but we have way fewer bugs bothering the squash, which mean there will be more squash to eat.
We also got a shed. It's up and looks great. It was work getting the footings and pipework in. It was also totally worth the effort! We can make some space in the garage by moving all the yard tools out!
And now for some pretty pictures of the yard. We have Greek basil, cucumber, June-bearing strawberries, and yellow alpine strawberries.
Then there are peas, pole beans, and squash.
A few tomato plants, various hot peppers, zucchini, Japanese eggplant, tiny white egg eggplant, more squash, and a watermelon plant. We also have a broccoli and brussels sprout plant in here, but they didn't ever make anything edible. They were habitat for a weird orange spider. I had to relocate the spider to untangle some squash vines.
This is the Ai Qwa purple skinny Japanese eggplant, followed by the tiny Japanese white egg eggplant, then one of the kabocha squash plants, some squash blossoms, and finally the Anaheim peppers.
And there you have it for today!
Seed sources I have bought from online and liked:
Petaluma Seed Bank also called Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds