Saturday, September 12, 2009

Preparing the vegetable garden

Today I started working on my winter vegetable garden, on advice from my wife I decided not to expand the vegetable bed. My idea was to double the size this year, but she is right, I barely have anytime to take care of the garden as is. (I need more time, if I could only be semi-retire)

I moved the herbs to the other side, pulled weeds and turned the soil. In a couple of weeks I will add compost and everything should be ready for planting in early October. As you can see, I keep all my herbs in containers, and not many survived the heat of the summer this year, so I need to shop for more.

I decided to transplant the key-lime tree to a container that way I can keep it manageable.

These three key limes are the total production for the first year. Good for one glass of lemonade.

This paintbrush croton followed me home from Home Depot (this happens all the time).


ChrisC said...

Ahhhh-the old following me home from Home Depot trick.I pull that one all the time.

Darla said...

We have already planted our fall veggies.......some of the seeds have sprouted...your gardens always look so tidy!!

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Yes, your wife is right about toning down the enthusiasm of scaling up the bed size... Most has gone through the phase, like buying more seeds than needed, germinating more seeds than what's enough for the bed, buying lots of fertiliser that some has to wait 2 years for the turn to be used.... haha.
But enthusiasm is a must to heat up the adventure, before things getting so slow that garden is practically left to nature. I love the brickwork! ~bangchik

Scott & Liz said...

Bet you will wonder if your wife was right about the veg. garden in about a month when you are planting, then come January you may wonder again but come March when things start to go downhill you may well agree with her again. Happy gardening.

Prospero said...

Hi Rusty. I'm just starting to prepare my fall/winter vegetable garden too. My garden is too big and it always gets out of control. The idea of restricting the area is probably an excellent one - and I should consider that advice, too.