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.


  1. Love it! - I am impressed. Great start on your blog - I am your first follower ;)
    Happy Gardening

  2. Nice anna. Im jealous of the warm weather!! its just starting to get warm over here in spokane so hopefully mom will be able to get her garden started. Im excited to can this summer. I want to learn how to do that and making jam!