Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Planning my Vegetable Garden

The Garden of Eden
Title page of John Parkinson's Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris
Published 1656

It looks like I've been neglecting the DV, but I was just down the hall in my studio.
That freakishly warm weather we've had three weeks ago gave me so much energy. I've been very productive with a commission and three paintings.

The seed beds I had started were placed outside during that warm weather and took no time to sprout, so it also gave me inspiration to plan my garden. Above is how I plan to divide it up - Italian Renaissance is the objective. The final result will probably be more like 'fusion chaos'. The centre circle will have a teepee type structure to support my snow peas and the smaller circles will be for the insect repellant Marigolds. As for the rest, I'll decide later where things will go.

Below are shots of how I make my paper seedling pots from toilet paper rolls and newspaper.

I also use whatever container I have at hand to start my seedlings - all recycled. But I don't skimp on the seedling soil - good quality organic mixture specially made for this purpose.

Different colour pumpkins for my autumn display, Brandywine heirloom tomatoes, snow peas, cucumbers and multi-coloured carrots. This year, I'm going to stagger the planting of some of my plants so I get a more steady crop throughout the season. I also started some Hollyhocks and will see how that goes. The rest will be bought at the nursery depending on the room I have left.

I'm quite new at this, so whenever I wonder about something, I call my mom. The next best thing is a visit to Our Vintage Garden  for a cornucopia of gardening information.

Happy Easter 


Laura said...

Happy Easter to you and your family as well!

I love how you used the toilet paper rolls and newspaper to make pots for your seedlings-great idea!!
I miss having a vegetable garden. I've been thinking about doing the built up boxed off patches, I think that you had one last year... did I just dream that up??

Anyhow, I can't wait to see how your new one goes! Good luck! :)
Now if that warm weather would come back......


Mark D. Ruffner said...

Hello, Anyes - Thanks for this posting, which I'll be visiting for future reference. My next big outdoor project (but not for this year) will be a deck coming off my back door, and I'm thinking of a miniature tabletop garden of sorts. I'm new at this, too, and intend to dip my toes rather than take a plunge!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Laura,
I gave up on growing vegetables in the boxes Brian made, but I ordered two pink crabapple trees to plant in them. It will be the subject of a future post.
Thanks for dropping in.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Mark,
A tabletop garden sounds intriguing and wonderful.
You got my wheels turning.

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Any├Ęs-

Very clever idea with the toilet paper rolls! I'll have to remember that! I hope your new veggie garden does very well this year. I love how you've plotted them out. Digging up patches of grass is the bain of my existence. But in the end, it will be worth it!


Donna said...

I'm ever impressed by your creativity, Anyes--displayed everywhere and with every little thing. Thanks for the link and good luck with the new garden.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Pam, Donna,
Thank you for your good wishes, I certainly need them, especially in gardening matters. Trading in my leather pumps for rubber boots has been quite a change, but oddly, I'm still not sure which of the two are more comfortable. Thank you both for dropping in,

Richard Cottrell said...

You are so ambitious, not me. For one, it is much easier to buy the stuff. I have a vegetable stand a few blocks from my house. No,No, garden. Been there and done that. good luck with yours and eat well and fresh. Richard from My Old Historic House.