Black Gold

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This is my black gold (compost) from last year. It was a little wet, so I opened up the lids to my compost bins. Then the compost got a little too dry…LOL. Gardening is never boring.

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I used some of the compost to plant this years seeds the other night. It’s hard to find more nutritious soil. Looking forward to see them sprout in a few days. I really enjoy growing my own (and other peoples) food.

Do you have a garden? How is your spring gardening coming along? What are you planting this year?

Yours,

Maria

Planning 2017’s Garden, Part 2

My garden plans have progressed a little since last week. I’ve picked a good place for a garden with an abundance of sunshine, and I started to clear it from unwanted vegetation.

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The fence was covered by a thick layer of ivy. To utilize the space, and the sunshine, I had to take it all down. There’s still some more leveling that needs to be done before I can put in garden beds. This year they will be of a more permanent kind, made of wood. thequeensgarden-1The garden beds for my annual vegetables are going to be on the left side, then a green house, and a tool shed to the right (grey rectangle.) The whole area is going to be fenced in. The little tree between the greenhouse and the garden beds is a young nectarine tree that someone already planted there. Of course I’m keeping the nectarine tree.

My container garden is going to be along another fence line, slightly in front of the toolshed. (Container Garden: 6 Olive Trees, 4 Fig Trees, 1 Nectarine Tree, 1 White Peach Tree, 4 Elberta Peach Trees, 1 Pomegranate Tree, 1 Sweet Cherry Tree, 1 Wild Plum Tree, a bunch of 1-2 year old apple and pear trees of unknown variety.)

Within two weeks I’m going to start seedlings inside, and in the beginning of April I’m hoping to have the garden beds in place, and everything in the ground. The green house, and the toolshed will be a project for later this summer. I have an idea of what I want to grow in my garden beds (heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, corn, pumpkins, watermelons, zucchini, Sweet Bell Peppers, Jalapeno hot peppers, baby spinache, strawberries, blueberries, basil, cilantro, oregano, rosemary,) but I haven’t figured out exactly how I’m going to organize the crops. The whole garden area has sunshine all day long. (I live in USDA plant hardiness zone 9.)

Are you in the middle of planning a garden of your own? What are you growing in your garden? How do you go around planning what to grow where?  I’d love to hear about it!

I hope you’re having an awesome weekend!

Yours,

Maria

Planning 2017’s Garden

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I absolutely love this time of the year! The time to plan, and soon plant, a garden. It’s exciting times!

 

The photo above is of my daughter, super proud over her zucchini’s, that she grew all by herself. We are mostly into growing food, a lot of food. This morning I wrote a list of the container garden we have now, and the annual garden I want to plant this year. It’s all based on what we enjoy eating. We are not vegetarians, but we eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, because we like it! This is the list I came up with.

 

 

Container garden:

6 Olive Trees

4 Fig trees (2 one year old + 2 three year olds.)

1 Nectarine Tree (1 year old.)

1 White Peach Tree (2-3 year old.)

4 Elberta Peach Trees (1 year old.)

1 Pomegranate tree (2-3 year old? Maybe get a couple more for better pollination?)

1 Sweet Cherry Tree (2-3 year old. Maybe get one other variety? Usually a good idea for better fruiting.)

1 Wild Plum Tree (BIG, and very beautiful.)

A bunch of 1-2 year old apple and pear trees of unknown variety.

 

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Annual Vegetable Garden:

Heirloom Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes (LOTS, my daughter’s favorite vegetable..)

Corn (my daughter’s second favorite.)

Pumpkins

Watermelons

Zucchini

Sweet Bell Peppers

Jalapeno Hot Peppers

Baby Spinach

Strawberries

Blueberries

Basil

Cilantro

Should I ad something to my annual garden? What did I forget? (We live in hardiness zone 9, with long hot summers.) I always love new ideas!!

I am going to make a garden at a new location. So I have to figure out what kind of garden beds I want to have. Something I’m planning on dedicating this weekend to. I’d love ideas about that as well. Last year I made garden beds out of old tires. It worked, but I might try something different this year. I want a bigger garden! I do like the ideas of garden beds, I feel that it makes me more in control. Bring it on! I want to hear all about your successful garden tips!

Yours,

Maria

Creating A Year Round Garden With Limited Space

img_20160929_083304My daughter and I repotted our zucchini’s, and our tomatoes today. We moved them into the space where they are going to live this winter, into the frame, that was about to become a greenhouse.

For the moment we don’t have much space to garden, but we are experimenting with different ways to make the most out of the space we have. We live in California, in the Sacramento Valley, and this is an excellent area for gardening. It’s zone 9, and you can grow almost anything here. As long as you water your plants, of course. The drought, and the hot temperatures during the summer require that you remember your garden every day. On the other hand the winters are mild.

We grew the majority of our food this past summer. As summer came to an end, both me and my daughter wanted more. We didn’t want our garden project to end here. So we decided to build a  greenhouse. We actually ended up building two. One for our winter vegetables, and one for some of our container fruit trees that needs extra protection during the winter. We finished both greenhouses today.

 

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They are standing next to each other, and look exactly the same.

 

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This is the greenhouse dedicated to our vegetables, and kitchen herbs. Several of the neighbors have actually asked me if I am growing marijuana. I am not. Only vegetables here.

The temperatures are starting to cool off, but we’re still in the middle-upper 80’s, and my container trees can live outside a little longer. I’m going to wait until my fig trees let go of their leaves, before putting them in the green house. They are going to share the greenhouse with my olive trees, (and a variety of some very young, just planted citrus trees.) Fig trees, and olive trees grow grow perfectly well if planted outside here. It’s because they are planted in containers, that I have to protect them this winter. I have nowhere to plant them outside, right now. They can live, and even bear fruit, while growing in containers, for several years. I have mine in 15 gallon smart pots. Eventually I will have more space for fruit trees, and then they will be planted in the ground. It feels great to be able to have a garden, and fruit trees, even with a limited space. I’ve lived on many places, and gardening is slightly (or a lot,) different on every place. I find that the best way to succeed is to talk to, and if possible even work with some local farmers, to see what works in the area. I’ve been very busy doing that this summer. It’s a learning process that I really enjoy! If I can do it, so can you!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

/Maria

Happy National Watermelon Day!

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From my garden, Happy National Watermelon Day!

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No better melons than the ones you grow yourself!

I hope you had an awesome day today 🙂

Yours,

Maria