Sunday, November 28, 2010

Planting the lettuce cart!

Going to make a soil mix suggested in the All New Square Foot Gardening book called Mel's Mix. Equal parts vermiculite, peat moss, and blended compost.  I will fill the cart and plant the seed today.

Compost, Peat Moss, Vermiculite

To get equal parts, I seperated all ingredients into buckets.
Left to right; peat moss, compost, vermiculite.

The seeds that I will plant.

A previous harvest.

My lettuce cart is here!

I completed my lettuce cart on Friday, November 26.  More lettuce for salads and less kneeling down to get it.  It will be easy to inspect lettuce for problems with minimal bending, yet not too tall for my wife.
Dimensions = 60" long, 30" wide, 48" tall

2' x 5' meaning 10 squares of planting space inside.
Weed block lining to keep soil from falling through the drainage gaps.

Soil depth will be 7".

2x4s at the bottom have small gaps for drainage.
Wheels to relocate for weather, sunlight, and convenience.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Not much work to do in the garden...

Since my last post I have harvested 4 radishes(crisp and spicy), and lots of lettuce.  I don't think I am getting enough sun to my garden because of it's location, and my 6 foot tall peas are creating shade since they were all planted in the wrong places.  The good news is that it won't be too difficult to move.  Aside from the slow growth, everything appears to be really healthy.  I have only pulled about 2 weeds in the last 3 weeks.  I would give myself an A- on my first garden attempt.


I haven't needed to spend any time in the garden except to water every 2 or 3 days.  I have been doing some research and drawing up some plans for what I call a Lettuce Garden Cart.  I am gonna build it with 2 by 4's(because they are cheap) from Home Depot.  My soil will be Mel's Mix(found in All New SFG by Mel Bartholomew)1/3 Vermiculite, 1/3 Peat Moss, 1/3 Compost at 7" deep.  I am spending about 15 minutes gathering lettuce each time I harvest it and have to be bent over or kneeling down.  That is the reason that I wanted to make this cart for the veggies that I will be visiting frequently.  They will be easy to tend and harvest if they are waist high, and if it's designed well, it will be easy to relocate.  As soon as it's done I will post a picture of it.

Adynn ate one of my strawberries and said it was really good.  That is a good sign because she eats store bought strawberries all the time.  They are still in the 4 pack that they came in.  And I hope to get some more from the nursery soon while they are cheap.

11/12/10 Strawberries at bottom left.

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