Gardening

My family has been growing a small square foot garden for 3 or 5 years now. The garden has been minorly productive over the years so I wanted to study it closer. For future reference, here is a plot of our current garden.

My garden

The following table contains planting information.

The third blueberry bush from the left died or the second from the right. We may need to plant another one. I attribute a failed bush to space allotment and acidity differences if there's any reason at all. Though our adherence is suffering at the moment, we have been following these guidelines for growing our blueberries.

  1. Plant blueberries in straight peat moss at least 8 inches deep in a raised bed.
  2. Give each plant 3 to 4 feet of space each way.
  3. Administer agricultural sulfur at planting and each spring and fall thereafter. Amount:
    • 1 pound (1/2 cup) or 1 tablespoon per square foot (2 times a year)
  4. Administer cottonseed meal at planting and in Februrary, May and September each year. Amounts:
    • 5 cups mixed into the peat moss at planting
    • 1 cup in years 2 and 3 (3 times a year)
    • 2 cups in years 4 through 50 (3 times a year)
  5. Mix the additives into the top inch of soil evenly across the square footage.
  6. Mulch with pine needles after adding additives, and remove mulch before adding them.

The asian corn and broccoli did not do well. The broccoli thrived but we missed the picking time. The yellow flowers tasted good but it just was not the same. The peppers are yummy pickled.

Julie thought about pickling our tomatos and avocados, but I don't know why we would do anything other than enjoy them fresh. She agrees the peppers taste yummy pickled, so I understand her misguided recent fascination with pickling. This week I also learned that oranges are often green or yellow when ripe but ethylene gas is used to turn oranges orange for the supermarket.

Not shown in the picture is our avocado plants which are currently mobile. Julie says those avocado plants are 5 or 6 years old, though I think maybe younger. Two in five avocado pits sprout if suspended over a jar of water half-submersed and held up by toothpicks. They don't like to grow straight, so I highly recommend situating a 6 foot stake for tying as it grows. I also recommend that it be put in a wide planter 3 feet in diameter and 18 inches deep, so it doesn't need to go through the trauma of replanting too young. Pinch off the new buds regularly once it becomes the height you like, and bring it indoors for any freeze (or wrap them).