Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Lazy Gardening Update


We've been enjoying some beautiful gardening weather here in southeastern Virginia.  Not too hot - not too cold.  And hallelujah for low humidity!

My family all came together early Saturday morning to help reign in the vegetable garden.  The winter crops had gone to seed while I was recovering from the transplant and weeds had taken over everything else.  Being immuno-suppressed for the time being, I'm not allowed to dig in the garden.  It seems that my beloved soil and compost are teeming with bacteria, which being healthy for growing plants, is not healthy for me to touch or breath.  Bummer!

I could only sit on a stool in the middle of the garden and orchestrate the work being done.  Within a few hours the gardens were weeded and Hubs was ready to plant the tomatoes and peppers we had grown from seed. 

Remember the lazy garden we put in awhile ago?  It's been cooking under the weed block and will continue to do so all Summer.  Hubs and son hauled 20 bags of potting mix home and spaced them on top of the lazy bed. 


They cut out rectangular openings in bags with a box cutter.  Side note**a few minutes after I took this photo, our two chickens Reba and Suzie were fighting over a baby green snake they found.  Suzie won.


Then, they used a pitch fork to skewer the bottoms of the bags down into the weed block for good drainage.


 We had been hardening off the plants in a sheltered area on the deck in preparation for planting. 


One tomato plant went into each bag and got a good watering.    I didn't get a photo yet, but each bag also now has a bamboo stake next to each plant to support it as it grows.  The plants have already grown 2 inches taller since Saturday.  Amazing!  As we cut our grass (grown with no chemicals) we'll place the grass clippings around each plant to fertilize and mulch.

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6 comments:

  1. This is a great way to garden if you don't have a lot of space, or as your title says, you need to make it easy to do. (The title reminded me of the Johnny Mercer song "Lazy Bones"!) Hope that you feel better very soon!

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  2. stopping by from an Oregon Cottage, your garden area is very beautiful. What a great idea a plant to a bag.

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  3. What a clever idea - I'll bet your plants perform with vigor and health.

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  4. What a neat idea! Good luck with your seedlings!

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  5. Interesting concept! Can't wait to see the garden as it produces!

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