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It has been a l-o-o-ong time since I’ve had a Vegetable Garden, last one was some time in the 1980’s! Truth is, I haven’t had a plot of ground to try my luck in… Still don’t…
But our Landlord offered a small space to us in the backyard… It has Good Soil, and will get plenty of Sunshine so, why not?!
With his encouragement, I tilled the ground last week, using an antique/hand-operated tiller…
Yesterday, Debbie and I went to the local Hardware (in the Rain!) and picked up a few plants…
This morning they were put in the Ground…
Our Neighbors grow a little Garden in a Community Garden here in the outskirts of Concord, and were kind enough to give us their extra Black Agricultural Cloth… That will help with the Weeds!
It doesn’t look like much now, but I planted Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Cucumbers, Green Beans, Radishes, and Pumpkin… Some Sunflower seeds were added to the four corners to delineate the thing later…
It was an ideal day for it! Rained yesterday, and rained again today (Happily, after I got the planting done!)
We have a lot of cutworms in these parts… In the old days I used to cut the bottoms out of cat food cans and use the ring of the can as a barrier to the worms… But cans don’t have bottoms anymore, at least not the kind that can be removed with a can opener!
Instead, I just cut the tops off of some Plastic Cups…
One ring was put around each plant stem and gently pressed into the soil… Hopefully it will keep the cut worms at bay…
Anyway, I’m looking forward to spending some time Gardening this Summer… I have some experience with it, was a Landscaper for a couple of years between Cooking Jobs, enjoy the heck out of it!
Looking forward to sharing the experience too!

24 May 2014

-- Mike, in Concord, NH - In the Spring, the Rains come, and the Grass grows by itself...



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posted 55 days ago

I looked at the soil you are tilling and thought that looks like the soil in my backyard. Then I figured out that you were living in Concord, NH, where I lived for 20 years. I am now living in the Highlands of Maine, that is near Bangor, probably equivalent to living in Berlin, NH. So, wanted to say, Hi.

I want to leave you with a thought, if you find the soil is hard to work with, a raised garden bed is the answer. I will soon be posting an update to my raised garden project.

-- Steve, Carmel, Maine, USA (near Bangor) (Hardiness Zone 5a)

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posted 55 days ago

Hi Steve… As you are probably aware, the soil is very good here (though somewhat rocky), much of the Concord area is comprised of ancient river bottom (the Merrimac River Valley during the last Ice Age)...
The Plants have been doing very well and nearly doubled in size already!

It has been a good start to the season rain-wise, I’ve hardly had to water yet…
Also, five days in yesterday, the Radishes became the first seeds to pop through…

Once the rest of the seeds sprout I’ll be able to rake out the weeds (which flourish everywhere of course!)
We installed raised beds in many people’s yards, but mostly for ornamental shrub plantings… They are a great alternative!
Thanks for taking the time my Friend…

-- Mike, in Concord, NH - In the Spring, the Rains come, and the Grass grows by itself...

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posted 53 days ago

Congratulations on starting your garden, Mike. I hope you enjoy lots of fresh produce this year!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 52 days ago

Thanks RFG!
I’m going to update in a few days, but so far we’ve got continued growth, and first flowering (Already!) on the Cherry Tomato…

-- Mike, in Concord, NH - In the Spring, the Rains come, and the Grass grows by itself...

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