Thank You

Just wanted to interrupt the holiday weekend to thank everybody for their kind comments and birthday well wishes. I really appreciate it when you take the time to comment.

The garden is going well. Mrs. C and I live in an apartment but they give out garden plots for their tenants. We were on the waiting list and got a 20 x 10 foot plot which is a lot larger than I expected.

Here’s what it looked like on May 25 (click pic to biggie):

And on May 27th:

And what we’re growing:
Corn
Beans
Squash
Tomatoes (4 varieties)
Basil
Lettuce
Marigolds
Nasturtiums
Peppers
Carrots
Cucumbers
Morning Glories
Green Onions
Thyme
Oregano

At least that’s the plan. I’ll keep you updated. Now back to our regularly scheduled holiday.

  • Mark

    Why don’t you have a flag on your plot? Communist.

  • P

    Congrats, Chris, and please continue to blog about it with pics of little plants and latter full grown vegetables and stuff.

  • That’s awesome that you have garden plots. Best I can do in my apartment is whatever I can stick in the window. I haven’t even got a balcony.

    And happy birthday too

  • Woo! That’s awesome.
    You’ve probably heard this a lot already, but I suggest rotating the food-plant-things. Elements ‘n’ all that.
    Just make sure to clearly mark the morning glories as “meant to be here”. Otherwise they might get sprayed with weedkiller by some well-meaning person who thinks they’re weeds. I speak from experience.

  • janey

    that’s awesome! Have fun 🙂

  • Ninabi

    Can’t wait to see pictures as the season goes on.

    Our community has raised garden plots for a modest lease- the fencing there is a plus. Plants in my yard are being devoured by desert critters. We DID have blueberries, loquats and lemons.

  • klaatu

    Hey Happy Birthday, man…and just curious…it looks like you’re in a pretty rural area…what are you going to do about rabbits? I’ve never gardened but friends of mine who have are always complaining about them…is there a humane way to deal with them?

    • The gardens are fenced in.

      • Harb

        You call that a fence? I hate to be a cynic but rabbits/gophers/raccoons will walk through that little fence like it’s not even there!

      • Not the white border fence. That’s just decorative. There’s a chain link fence surrounding the entire garden. Not just my plot.

  • AVX

    morning glory is a weed :). That thing spreads fast. Other than that, you got a good collection there Chris. I’m envious!

    • I was outvoted by my wife on the Morning Glories. I wanted potatoes.

      • P

        Love the idea of being outvoted by a single person. Only married people understand how it works.

  • You have a huge yard! I was only able to do one row of corn, (which means manual pollination,) one tomato, one squash and one honeydew.

  • Stephen

    You get the little rounded-wire fence as a birthday present? I would have secretly hoped for the mini-picket fence myself 😛

    Good man, happy b-day enjoy!

  • Joe Blow

    Corn & lettuce are going to take up way more space than they’re worth. Cucumbers, too, but if you like ’em, they’re pretty prolific…kind of like melons..

    Beans — not really enough to be worth the space. Basil will completely kick ass, but basil kicks ass, so it’s worth it..

    Find a way to cut out the flowers.

    • Curious

      Gotta second the corn observation. Being originally from Ohio, I know the first 10 to 15 feet of corn in any field is basically useless because it doesn’t get pollinated correctly. So, even a 30′ x 30′ plot of corn won’t really grow right. You can manually pollinate it but your results may not be what you expect.

  • You’re planting all that? My plot is bigger, and I only had room for tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers.

    Of course, I planted a LOT of tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. We’ll have pickles and salsa all winter, if luck holds out.

    • We only have 2 peppers and 2 cukes (and they will be trellised). And the squash beans and corn will grow together which saves a lot of room.

  • Stove

    Well done.

  • DreamDevil

    Hmm… this might be a very interesting thing to follow.

  • I’m late on the train but happy birthday, and nice plot! Mine is just a balcony that I recently filled with cooking herbs and a couple cannabis.

    Is that far from where you live? Do you have to tend it everyday?

    • A five minute walk or 30 second drive.

  • Okram

    That’s some nice dark soil. All that manure you put down will make for some happy plants!

  • Kristin

    Why on earth are you growing morning glories? Those are going to take over your garden. They are a glorified weed. But keep the marigolds, they are great for keeping out unwanted bunnies, and (around here at least) deer.
    Good luck, can’t wait to see updates!

  • Barbwire

    Happy Birthday! I realy miss gardening. Nothing like home-grown food! Plant the marigolds all around the garden. Kristen’s right. It would be a waste of space to grow potatoes. Maybe some chives? Radishes?

  • Craig

    Look! It’s lagomorph shangri-la. Better tighten up the perimeter fortification!

  • Greenberry

    too little corn. Don’t bother wasting your precious space. They won’t pollinate properly. Each kernel of corn is a result of one one pollen.

    Enjoy!!

    Gb

  • Sweet! Good luck with the garden and happy birthday!