The Kids’ Garden – Hoeing and Tying Tomatoes

I’d like to introduce Aaron and Alison.  They have a small garden they are growing this summer and selling the produce here at our greenhouses. 

kids-garden1 kids-garden4

kids-garden5 kids-garden6

kids-garden7 kids-garden9

The tomatoes suffered through about 6 weeks of rain.  They survived but don’t look so good now.  A few weeks of sunshine and some TLC and they should perk up.

Here are some more pictures of Darrel, Matt and Colby’s garden:

darell-garden1 darell-tomatoes1

darell-tomatoes2 darell-tractor

Here is my pathetic little garden:


Lacey’s Garden – Lettuce, Strawberries and Tomatoes

Hello to all!  How is everybody enjoying the start of summer, the end of school and hopefully, the first bits of your harvest?  Lettuce is in full swing right now and strawberries, too.  I actually have tomatoes on the vine slowly ripening in the hot summer sun.  This is my favorite time of summer-checking each day to see what’s ripening.  It is a joy to call the girls over and say, Look, the first strawberry!  They are so excited to eat them.  I am posting a few pictures of the garden.  Things are still looking kind of puny after nearly drowning, but most seem to be pulling out of it.  Hope you have time to sit and swing in the hammock and enjoy your garden.

green tomatoes on the vine hollyhocks and perennials blooming

more tomatoes on the vine newly planted okra

potatoed looking good rainbow beets swiss chard

Lacey’s Garden – Picking Peas, Drying Out And A Great Book

Anna helped pick some peas, lettuce and herbs the other day.  She thinks it is so cool that she has her own pea plants.  I have to keep the girls from picking the peas too early.  They would have the plants scalped every time they walk out the door.

It was sunny and hot one day this week.  It has rained and been cloudy all the rest of the days.  The garden is hanging in there.  Everything is looking okay.  Hope it dries out soon. 

I have been reading a great book:  Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman.  I would recommend it to anyone interested in vegetable gardening.  Yall take care now!

may2009 030 may2009 033

Lacey’s Garden – Making It Fun

So far so good…the tomatoes are still alive and looking good. I even have a few little tomatoes.  Some of the other plants are struggling. The eggplants are looking real bad and the peppers are hanging in there.  Of course, the weeds are great!! 

The girls and I ate some yummy snap peas this morning as we were leaving for school.  I planted some of the peas in the front flower bed on the south side of the house and they have loved this spot.  All of the plants are covered in blooms and fruit.  They are vining right next to the steps on the porch, so we get a tasty snack every time we walk past. The best way to get kids to eat their veggies-make it fun!  It is fun to pick them as they go past.  The girls would not be so thrilled if I plopped snap peas right on their dinner plate and told them to eat up!   Happy gardening and I hope the sun is shining wherever you are!

Lacey’s Garden – After The Flood

I realized after it was posted that the pictures in the former blog did not really match up with the descriptions.  Sorry.  Let’s chalk it down to feeling so crazy Friday while I watched the garden float away.

I am posting pictures of the garden in the aftermath.  The plants themselves are still there, but the hay mulch, cotton burr mulch, newspaper and cardboard weed barriers and the top 1 – 2 inches of dirt are gone.  Actually, it is not completely gone.  Some hay piled up against the fence that is still usable.  I am surprised it is all still there to be honest.  It is a mess!  And it smells bad now.  Who knows what kind of junk washed over it from everyone else’s yards and from the street.   We really need some sunshine.  The tomatoes are stating to turn brown on the edges and look a little wilted.  Dad is getting back to me on the problem, though I have a good guess (water anyone?).  I hope your garden is going great, and that the sun is shining there wherever you are!

April2009 153 April2009 154

April2009 156 April2009 167

April2009 168-1

Lacey's Garden

Lacey is Charley’s daughet and she lives in Claremore, OK.  She will be a guest blogger and sharing with us her how-to’s, tips, problems and solutions about growing a garden full of tasty Charley’s Vegetables.

Here is her first installment:

This past summer I learned of a technique called No-Till Gardening.  It is pretty self explanatory.  It is a method that utilizes the soils own ability to renew itself (think the forest floor).  If given the right materials and time, the flora and fauna in the soil will till it for you.  I needed a way to work the soil in my raised beds that was user friendly.  So I began searching the web.  I ran across this method and had a eureka moment.  The method uses mulch, mulch, and more mulch.  Any and every kind of mulch.  I had some old corn husk hay bales that were decomposing into a lovely black soil, so I broke those apart and spread over both raised beds.  I tried to find every worm that was in them and keep them in the mulch.  This provided many useful things to my raised beds.  Before, the crust of the soil was very hard and dried out quickly; almost immediately after applying the mulch, the soil began to loosen and retained more moisture due to the mulch covering.  I also added table scraps and grass clippings over the course of the summer.  This treatment also ended the takeover attempt by Bermuda grass.  It did not completely control it, but made it much easier to pull up.  And it did lessen the amount of Bermuda that showed up.

Several problems I have since learned about … the first, when things decompose it locks up most of the nitrogen in the soil.  Adding green grass clippings and table scraps caused some nitrogen deficiency problems.  This can be rectified by putting the grass in a compost bin for a few weeks with the table scraps then applying it.  One of the other problems will be this spring when I want to sow seeds directly into the garden.  I will have to brush aside the mulch covering to get to the soil providing a place for the seeds as well as for weeds.  I do not know what will happen.