Sunday, February 20, 2011

Garden Bucket Update

Remember the Garden Bucket?  Well it is doing better than I thought it would : ).  Every single plant in it is looking healthy.  I think this would make a great lettuce bucket that you could lift onto a counter to harvest your leaves.  If I make another one, I will plant 2 lettuce per pocket and 6 up top to try to get 32 lettuce plants in there.  Check it out!

It was an experiment so please don't call me an idiot for doing what the experts say not to do!  Things like planting a large veggie(cauliflower) in one of the side pockets, and planting two large plants(cabbage and broccoli) in the top.  We will see how it works.  You have to admit, it would be crazy if you could grow 18 cauliflowers in one bucket.  If these 3 large plants do well, I just might get crazy and try 18 large(probably end up with a bucket full of roots and 18 small dead plants).

Church Garden is planted. Well, half of it.

Dana and I planted the two garden beds with enough dirt.  The squares are labeled with popsicle sticks and tongue depressors(unused).  All of these plants were started by us from seed.  The plants in the six-packs were seeded and kept in Dana's greenhouse.
One bed only has different plants in it.
  • 8 Kale
  • 8 Broccolli
  • 8 Cauliflower
  • 8 Cabbage
The other has a large variety including carrots, beets, lettuce, onion, beans, and more.  I will list them another day, you can check it out for yourself.

We know that we can run into a lot of problems due to the location of the garden, but the only thing so far has been children walking in it.  We will fence it in if necessary.

Church Garden?!?!

Yes, we did it.  Dana and I put together a garden at the church behind the Outlet building.  We want to share what we are doing with others and are considering ways to use it for the Lord!

We built 4 raised beds that are 4' x 8' each.
Two of them are 10 1/2" deep and two are 7" deep.
That is 128 square feet of space!  Good dirt is expensive, so we were only able to fill two and a half boxes.  I haven't even been gardening a year yet and I haven't grown much, but I've been pretty successful with what I've tried so far.  Dana is more experienced than I and he gave me the book that got me into all this.  We are gonna call it an experimental garden.  This will help us to learn...
  • how to plant
  • when to plant
  • how to train
  • how much each plant can produce
  • how and when to harvest
  • what can/can't take the heat
  • etc.
These things and more will help equip us to answer questions, teach and possibly minister.  The future may have us starting a community garden, large church garden, edible church garden area,outreach gardens(local and/or global) or anything God wants to do with it(if anything).  It is relaxing and satisfying for us to garden and we want to share.

So if anyone has any questions or want to get involved, contact me or leave a comment.

Lettuce Cart February

The lettuce cart has 10 square feet of space. I have used 2 square feet for each of the following...
  • Beets
  • Buttercrunch Lettuce
  • Paris Island Romaine
  • Bright Lights Swiss Chard
  • Nevada Lettuce
 This is what it looks like now...




I harvested a lot from the Nevada and the beets.  The 3 direct seed lettuces aren't quite ready for me to take leaves from but they are looking healthy and rich in color.  It is very, very nice to be able to work with this many plants at a standing level.  It can take 20 minutes to gather the lettuce standing, just imagine how much longer kneeling on pavers.  I have done that, it hurts, that is why I made the cart.