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What Are You Gardening Today?
May 5, 2015
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Today I planted some Blue Lake Bush beans *right* into some month old horse manure. I did some research and the general consensus was DON'T DO THAT. LOL  BUT, I decided to try it anyway. The seeds I have are from a few years ago, so no big loss if it doesn't work. 

I'm trying my hand at square foot gardening this year. I mentioned in my intro that we had 96 sq ft of garden area in two raised beds, but I miscounted. It's actually 192 sq ft. The second raised bed is full of our neighbor's horse manure that's been composting for about a month. I'm impatient, and I want to make sure I can get a couple of green bean harvests, so I decided to experiment a little with it. Instead of planting the seeds directly into the manure, though, I put a handful of peat moss in each of the holes that I planted the seeds into. I hope it works, but we'll see. Gardening is such a trial and error thing anyway, but to add more to it, I'm learning about the ecosystem on this property as well. Or should I say, I'm working on building it. I think the guy that lived here before us used Roundup all over the place. Bleh. ANYway.

I already mentioned what I'm growing in my intro, but I'll add it here in more detail, just for good measure. Our orchard at this point consists of: weeping santa rose plum, passionfruit, grapes (chardonnay and two eating grapes), a hybrid citrus (6 types), a hybrid plum (5 types), naval orange, meyer lemon, blueberries, blackberries, goji berries, nectarine, apples (3 varieties), and cherries. Herbs growing so far are: mint (2 types, can't remember which though), chamomile, thai basil, rosemary, lavender, parsley, comfrey and regular basil. Veggies growing are: zucchini, beefsteak and roma tomatoes, hot peppers (can't remember the variety), sweet red peppers, and hopefully soon those blue lake bush beans I planted in the manure. We also have marigolds and moringa saplings growing as well, which will both serve as part of the feed for some of our animals.

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