Thursday, April 26, 2012

My garden: Year 2

Last year I decided to build two raised beds for a small backyard garden.  I used some scrap wood I  had laying around.  This was what the process looked like:
Before:  Cutting out the sod to make room for the beds.
All ready for some good compost.
Compost added, now ready to plant.

After: This was just after the initial planting.  What I didn't know at the time was that Oklahoma was about to have a record breaking summer with some 90 days over 100 degrees  (or something close to that), and an more severe drought.       Needless to say, my garden paid the price.  Let's just say, it did not do great.  I did get quite a few squash and peppers.  But really no tomatoes and my carrots took about 9 months to mature.  

With last years experience, I am kind of surprised that I am trying this again.  But, here we go...

This year we (my mom and I) broke down last years planting beds into slightly shallower beds and created a third raised bed.  Here you can see I already have peas growing up the fence, spinach, lettuce and strawberries in front, as well as some squash and tomatoes already in the ground.
In the bed closest to this caption you can see that I already lost a tomato plant to some little critter.  I am guessing a squirrel or rabbit decided to make it his lunch.  He mowed it to the ground :(
Luckily my mom planted a bunch of seeds to add to the garden.
In the foreground you can see the squash coming up and in the background my green beans are just beginning to peak out of the ground.
My lime tree is doing well now that it is back outside.
And my lemon tree is full of blossoms.  Smells SO good as you walk by!
I'm also going to plant some basil and cilantro in these little pots and put them in my window in the kitchen.

The only picture that I didn't get was of my apple trees.  This year I actually have APPLES!!!  We will see how big they get, but as of today they are the size of an un-shelled walnut!

We have had great spring weather in Oklahoma; warmth and rain- great growing weather.  However, we did hit the 90's yesterday and it is still just APRIL.  Not sure that this is a good sign for what is to come.  I guess we will just have to wait and see what is in store for the summer.

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