Saturday, July 7, 2012

Starting a Garden in July?

Our latest project (and first to be documented here) will be a backyard garden (yes, I know it's July already).  We've owned our current house for the past two and a half years, and almost every day I've stared wistfully out our kitchen window and thought about the couple that used to live here and the stories I've heard about the fantastic produce that grew in the fenced-in garden.  Sadly, the garden was unattended for quite some time before we bought our house and had become completely overrun with weeds.  We tried weeding, we tried throwing huge tarps over the entire garden in the heat of the summer (to see if we could fry them), but the weeds were relentless.  When they came back, we knew we needed to call the pros.

A month or so ago we hired a landscaper to clean up the land surrounding our house and garden.  Wow did he do a great job!  All the weeds are gone, he added a layer of topsoil, and our excitement is once again restored.
Last weekend we visited our friends in Brooklyn and noticed their backyard garden.  The neat grids, minimal weeding necessary, and idea that we did not have analyze our existing soil made gardening look (almost) easy.  That Monday we borrowed their gardening book and by Thursday we had our own copy.  In the span of a week, J (my husband) has done quite a bit of work!  He's already constructed three boxes and we have a few scraps for our composting pile.  More on that later...

I'll start with the book.  We will be following the "All New Square Foot Gardening" book by Mel Bartholomew.  I know it's a late start, so we may have to transplant some vegetables and plant some seeds for a Fall harvest.  Right now I'm trying to research summer vegetables that have a short seed to harvest time-frame.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

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