Thursday, April 22, 2010

Our Little Earth

Since today is Earth day, I decided it would be totally fitting to finally update ya'll on our little vegetable garden.

This year Sparky decided to make his own raised gardens.  Last year he was convinced that planting our veggies in hay bales was the way to go...but slowly admitted his plan had faltered somewhere.  So this year he's convinced it's raised beds.


I actually missed out on taking pics of the creation of the raised beds, but I got pics of filling up the beds...which is far more fun in my opinion anyway.

Garden Soil!  yay!  About 10 big bags worth. 

And of course we are never without our hound help.  Ruby likes to get in the middle of all the action.  She's very proactive.

Chewy tends to just want to "blend in" and oversee things.  He's our little safety guy.

In addition to the garden soil, Sparky included and mixed together compost from our compost pile, mulch he mulched himself with dead leaves from our yard, and our leftover hay bales from this past fall.

Again, Ruby is in the middle of all the action.  You can see the pile of old hay mixed in with some old little pumpkins from this past fall.  Sparky also planted all the old pumpkins and their seeds as an experiment to see if we will have our own little pumpkin patch this year.  Crossing our fingers!

And then we found little guy amongst all the compost.  He actually wasn't so little!  He was huge!  And just grubbin away. Normally I would get really grossed out by things like this, but this little guy was actually pretty interesting.  I told the little guy to grub away.

More of Ruby getting in the middle of everything....

Here's the long view of bed.  Again notice in the middle left side...a little Ruby face sniffing around in the new pumpkin patch area. 

Sparky!  My little gardener.  He wanted me to say it's a ninja.  So there.  It's a ninja.  Whatever.

On the opposite end of the pumpkins, Sparky planted eggplant, strawberries, tomatoes (3 different types), tomatillas, banana peppers, jalapenos, and squash.

Yum.  I can' wait to see if these little guys grow!

And the banana peppers are already producing!  Wow.

Today, Sparky planted three different cucumbers, bell peppers, and cantaloupe.   I'll say it's because of Earth day, but we TRY to do things everyday that are friendly to the Earth.  We're not perfect but we try.  That's all anyone should do.  Try.

Keep on Keepin on.


C said...

Happy Earth Day!
You and Sparky are so awesome! LOVE the raised beds!!! I want to do that this year because I'm far too lazy to put the effort into our massive garden. Our garden is 10x60 ft. My husband is insane.

JennavieveM said...

I like the idea of putting the beds along the fence. They seem more do-able that way. Very cool! I am a bit jealous. I am trying large pots this year, if I can actually keep things alive, I might invest in some raised beds next year. I might have to pick Sparky's brain. ;)