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It is almost three weeks since we set up our Tower Garden. It is going great! Look at how nicely it is growing.

Tower Garden

Tower Garden

I added the tomatoes to the bottom. They are doing great.

I haven't had any problem with bugs other than a few spiders trying to take up residence. Oh, and some dark colored lady-bug type critter. Don says they are stink bugs. Ugh! I have been flicking them off because I am not sure if they are good or bad for my plants.

I've been meaning to look them up to find out, but procrastinator Cynthia hasn't gotten around to it yet. 🙂

Tower Garden

Lettuce Green Crisp

Basil, Magenta

Tower Garden

Tower Garden

Tower Garden

Needless to say I am excited! I love the green look.

I check the ph twice a week and adjust it if necessary. It is very minimal upkeep. Next week, I will clean the tank and check the filter.

We do plan to garden tomatoes and cucumber outside of the tower too. I was hoping to do carrots, but it doesn't look like we will get them in the ground this year.

How is your garden coming along?

Cynce

 

 

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...at least for me! For our anniversary, Don got me this neato tower garden. It is the coolest thing!! I've had my eye on it for about two years. You can read about it here.

It uses what is called aeroponics. There is no soil! Water from the reservoir goes up the middle tube and showers down on the plants. The water is full of nutrients that you add.

Right now in our tower there is kale, celery, spring mix, argula, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, dill, parsley, cilantro, squash, bell pepper, romaine, and a few others I cannot think of on the top of my head.

I can't wait until they are ready to harvest.

The very bottom empty slots are for our tomatoes once they get big enough to go into the tower. That should be any day now.

Tower GardenHere I am with my new tower garden. I am one happy camper..er gardener. 😉

Tower GardenThe basic tower comes with five tiers. I bough the extension so I could plant more. 🙂

Tower GardenYip, I cannot wait until they are taking over the tower. I love the look of green plants.

Tower Garden

Don has already said that if this works out we will have to invest in another one next year. 🙂

This would be great for small areas or patios. I am thinking of my sister in California.

We are still going to do a garden bed although we are running a little late. 😉 I want to grow carrots and other root vegetables. The tower doesn't grow root vegetables for obvious reasons.

Happy Gardening,
CPSig

 

 

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I love the look of the garden with its lush green colors. The leaves of the squash, zucchini and cucumbers are so pretty. Their flowers add an additional touch of beauty.

garden bed

Our tomatoes are growing wonderfully. We anticipate a good crop this year. I am hoping to learn to can so we can store the excess tomatoes. Canning is something I have never done, but have wanted to try. I might get my chance this year.

Container Gardening - tomatoes, squash

The green beans don't look like they are going to make it. They have begun to give beans, but they aren't growing anymore.

The zucchini, once placed in the garden bed, flourished. The only thing is that the unwanted squash bug is rearing its head. We need to find a way to get rid of them and quick. The kids do kill those they see and we have looked for eggs under the leaves. We are hoping they will not attack our cucumbers.

Zucchini

We planted about four straight neck squash this year. I love the look of this plant. Squash casserole is on them menu this summer. 🙂

We planted some cucumbers in the garden bed and some in the containers. A few years ago, the cucumbers didn't do too good in the ground, but we are trying it again. Last year, they flourished in the containers.

It has been fun planting and learning by trial and error these past four years. Getting the garden ready is one of our favorite times of the year. Don does all of the soil mixing and most of the transplanting. The kids and I plant the seeds and maintain the garden once it is up. We all enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers have been on our must have list the last few years. They are easy enough to freeze if we find ourselves with too many. I have quite a few recipes that call for bell peppers, plus I like to add them to my vegetable juices.

Tomatoes in the Garden Bed

Zucchini flowers falling off

The strangest thing is going on with our zucchini. It looks like the flowers are being plucked off...not good. I am not sure how. Is there some animal that likes the flowers? The only thing is that the flowers are lying on the dirt. Hmmm!

Garden, Sunbeam walking through

Happy Gardening,

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Last week we began re-potting some of our plants. We also started another batch.

MaryEllen helped me while Donnie and Dad worked on another project.

Repotting Plants

Repotting Plants

 

Don and Donnie built a stand so we could hang some tomatoes and strawberries. Big Lots had their hanging kits on sale, so we bought a few, plus we had a few from last year that we never used.

Here is Donnie pounding down old rusty nails from some wood out back. They will use this to make the hanging area.

Preparing Wood

Preparing Wood

 

After measuring, Don showed Donnie how to use the electric saw. He cut the wood to the right lengths.

Cutting Wood

 

The placed the posts in the ground and then one on top across.

Preparing Posts

 

Here is the finished product with the tomatoes and strawberries hanging. We still need to add the rest to the middle.

Finished Product

We love watching the plants grow up. Every year we are captivated once again as the sprouts emerge from their seeds and then seem to grow over night. It is fun to watch them lean toward the light when we have them indoors. We turn the tray, and then slowly they turn again. LOL! It is just too much fun.

  

Happy Gardening,

  

  

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This past week, we got the garden bead ready for plants. The kids measured the bed and divided it into feet. They then marked off each foot all around.

Measuring The Garden Bed

Measuring The Garden Bed

Measuring The Garden Bed

 

Donnie drilled the screws into the sides where the string will be wound around.

Measuring The Garden Bed

 

This is what it looked like when they were done measuring and stringing.

Our Square Foot Garden Bed

 

MaryEllen tending to the parsley.

Our Square Foot Garden Bed

 Our parsley from last year is just flourishing and the strawberry plant from last year is peeking through too. We are going to leave them where they are and plant around them.

Donnie helped Don put in posts and string for the climbing vegetables. This year I want to grow zucchini and green beans. We will do cucumbers too.

Putting in the Garden Post

String for climbing plants

String for climbing plants

There you are, the beginnings of our garden. We will also do container gardening with some of the vegetables.

 

Happy Gardening,

 


Last Wednesday, the kids and I began planting our first crop for this spring. We planted tomatoes, baby spinach, lettuce, green beans, beets, zucchini, squash, and bell peppers.

Gardening - Planted Seeds

It is one of our favorite things to see the seeds come to life and the little sprouts pushing through the soil. Later, when they are growing and producing vegetables and fruit, the green looks so beautiful. I love that green look, especially early in the morning.

Garden - Sprouts

We are planning to use the Square Foot Gardening idea. I will post pictures when we get our garden area squared off.

I found this Square Foot Gardening Lesson Plans For Children and was tempted to buy it. I am still debating, but I think I will pass. We can just garden together and talk about soil, composting, bugs, worms, etc., etc., etc.

Last week, the kids and I cleaned out the bed and rotated the dirt. It was a messy job and this ugly, fat, pale spider came out to greet us. I didn't have my camera handy, which I wish I did. I am not sure what he was doing in that pile of dirt. About a week before, we had to get rid of a humungous ant hill in the bed. It was neat to see all their tunnels, but at the same time I hated to destroy their home. (no camera again)

 

Happy Gardening,