Monday, March 21, 2011

Getting Started

 This is my third year gardening, and every year I love it more and more. This year I have decided to have a blog and document my garden, for my own records and for other people too. I live in Charlotte NC and it is already warming up, I have planted all of my spring garden.

In this picture you can see that I have four raised beds that my husband made out of cedar, they are 12-14 ft long and 6 inch high and about 4 feet wide. I filled the beds with a mushroom compost garden soil that I found at a landscape company.  This soil is amazing everything grows so well in it, I get great plants with a large harvest. In the rest of my garden I create a raised row by pile up dirt and smoothing it out with a hard rake for planting. This year I bought two truck loads of a straight mushroom compost and have tilled it into the soil before I began to create my rows. 

This raised bed is 12 inch high, in this picture you can see two trenches that I have dug for potatoes. This is my first year that I have planted potatoes. I am very excited, but I have no experience with potatoes.

 Here I planted Red Norton potatoes, in the trench about 12 inches apart, and will cover them with 4 inches of dirt.

In the raised bed you can see green sprouts, that is garlic that we planted in the fall of 2010. It is growing beautifully, it is about 4-6 inches high. this year I also decided that I would put all my herbs and lettuce in containers. They do good in containers and it leaves more room in the garden for other veggies..

 In this picture I have started to plant in the raised rows, I started with transplants I bought from our local hardware store. This is Broccoli, I like to plant them about 10 inches apart so as they grow there leaves will touch slightly and will shade the ground around them and prevent weeds to grow up...

I will continue to take pictures and record my Garden this year.