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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Raised Bed Garden Update

It's a beautiful warm day here in sunny North Carolina! The weekend's tornado outbreak put a slight damper in my weekend plans, but I did manage to get to the farmer's market Saturday morning to buy some plants - I picked up some oregano, chives, parsley, rosemary, white geraniums, marigolds, zinnias, zucchini, eggplant, cucumber, Celebrity Tomatoes, and some Mississippi Silver Cowpeas.  After the bad weather passed and the sun came out, I was left with an hour or so of daylight to do my planting.  I also picked up some bean incculent and started my Kentucky Wonder pole beans soaking in a cup of rainwater.  These I planted Monday morning after sprinkling the beans with the innoculant (which helps the beans put nitrogen back in the soil).

Finally, I got some mulch spread around the gardens - here are some pictures!

Top left - 4 cucumber plants (and a white geranium)
Bottom left - 2 zucchini
Right - a whole bunch of kentucky wonder pole beans, surrounding a bamboo teepee
Bottom Right - two zinnias and one zucchini.

Two Big Beef tomatoes (top left), and three Early Girl tomatoes (top right, plus two Celebrity tomatoes (bottom right).
Two Black Beauty eggplants (bottom left)
Plus some basil, chives, parsley, white geranium, and marigold.


  1. I hope this spot isn't as shady as it looks all day long!

  2. How big are your raised beds? I am going to try this myself this year, but sadly in Michigan we can't start this early.

  3. @balance - they get shadded by a very tall pine tree for an hour or so mid day. And by next month, only the one on the left will get that shade.

    @Kim - they are 4x8. And you can plant cool weather crops this early... But yeah down here it's time for warm weather crops like tomatoes, beans, squash, and corn!

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