GROW YOUR OWN: CUCUMBER & SALAD

The cucumber seeds I planted april 27th, is finally showing progress. I have kept them in the greenhouse since day one, but it’s difficult to keep a steady temperature, when it ranges from o° at night to 24° at mid-day outside. The cucumber seed is “burpless tasty green F1 hybrid” and the salad is “herby salad leaf mixed” (a mix with green lettuce, mizuna, salad rocket, greek cress, giant red mustard and chicory puntarelle). With no experience on growing vegetables from seeds, except rucola and radish, I follow the process with zero knowledge but great excitement!

I planted the salad in the vegetable bed I made in a previous post and planted one row between two rows of carrots. I planted them a week ago with plastic film over and secured the edges by digging it under 2″ of soil.

Three tiny cucumber seedlings.

Cucumbers to be.

Salad mix.

Sweet pea ‘chatsworth’ making progress.

Hollyhock ‘appleblossom’.

Sweet pea ‘chatsworth’ and sweet pea ‘appleblossom’,

and cosmos ‘ bipannatus double-click rose bonbon’.

I couldn’t resist a light and dark purple verbena accompanied by dark purple petunia.

Cosmos growing wild, in desperate need of of a bigger pot.

Sweet pea ‘elegant ladies’  and hollyhock ‘peaches ‘n’ dreams’.

GROW YOUR OWN: VEGETABLE OR FLOWER BED

free, fast and eco-friendly vegetable or flower bed

when I’m gardening,  these are my principles: eco-friendly (reduce, reuse, recycle), fun and low-cost.

and this project is all of the above. it’s not even low-cost, it’s free!

most likely you have everything you need in or around your house already.


YOU WILL NEED:

  • a spade
  • a saw
  • drift wood or other wood scraps lying around
  • something to measure with, it can be as simple as a stick.


PLANNING:

find a location in your garden that has the required hours of sun/shade that your plant  need. (just read the packet guidelines.)

measure up where, how big and how deep you want the bed to be. put a stick in every corner of your bed.


EXECUTING:

it’s time get your spade and start digging. start around the edges and move inwards. when you have lifted and turned the soil in the entire bed, you need to remove all the roots and other things you don’t need or want in your bed.

no matter what the original surface are, you need to dig up and turn the soil. also add fertilizer or compost, what ever you use, make sure it’s organic.

the boarders around the bed, can be of any material. for this project I have used old wooden planks.

measure all the sides of your bed and start sawing. one or multiple pieces for each side of the bed.

dig so that the planks fit and support with hard packed soil.

soil is turned. ready to measure the planks.

in the making: bed boarders

done.

I like the rustic look of the wooden planks. it’s a free and natural material, and blends in in most gardens.

made another one. instead of making on big one

I made two small ones, I think smarter to have space to walk and work in between.

I have two varieties of carrots, cucumber and salad leaves

planned for the two beds. both carrots and cucumbers need space, so we might need

to make another one.

every boarder or flower stand in our garden

is made of free and eco-friendly materials.

bed edging for the herbs made of bricks.

entrance to our garden made of bricks and wooden scraps.

you can create patterns of bricks or wood.

one flower bed. a mix of planks and bricks.

this is my favorite flower bed, and the smallest one. I’ve put bicks in a half circle around a beam.

assistant gardener, anakin skywalker.

GROW YOUR OWN

first post of my garden series, and I want to document for you and for my self  what will grow, what’s growing and what unfortunately won’t grow in my garden. when the lazy afternoon sun hit I grabbed the camera and this is what I got. the plants from my green house isn’t  hardy enough to be planted out yet, so they stay safely in the greenhouse for at least the next 2-3 weeks. but my biennials from last summer are doing great progress. I will explain as we go.

our kitchen table. campanula of some sort. my closest guess is melton bells. if someone know the exact specie I would be grateful.

yellow viola. a classic. different candle holders and small pots.

last fall I collected tin cans and let them stay outside all winter. I love the rust against the green. cheap and easy diy re-use of tin cans.

soft purple pansy. bought at a gardener’s market.

a transplanted cosmos bipinnatus double click rose bonbon.

viola tricolor planted together with pansies in similar colors.

cosmos seedlings in the front, over wintered heliotrope in the middle, which I suspect is no longer with us. any tips?

pansies planted together in a flowertub.

dead or alive heliotrope.

viola, I love the color combination in this pot.

black cat: “no worries”. white cat: “nah, skeptic”

an over  wintered astilbe europa.

although I suspect the garden center of labeling it wrong,  it looks more like a astilbe arendsii when it blooms, the color is dark pink, not soft pink as the europa.

ivy against our rusty fence,

which reminds me of a concentration camp fence and it used to have barbed wire on top.

when we moved here last fall I discovered a paeonia under layers of weed, I saw one apricot colored flower, but I can’t identify the sort. does anybody know?

a big rhubarb that I separated last fall and grows in two places.

a lonícera caprifólium (honeysuckle) in the front and clematis in the background.

a clematis flower bud. grows in the sunniest location in the garden.

lemon thyme. thyme is my favorite spice. here you see part of our herb bed. the edges are put together by old bricks and drift wood. all of our herbs and spices are gathered here, unfortunately the others haven’t grown yet after the winter.

cosmos, hollyhocks, various sweet peas and heliotrope.

hollyhocks and chatsworths sweet pea.

in front, campanula dwarf double melton bells. sweet pea, elegant ladies and blue ripple. in the back heliotrope and viola blue shades.

our gigantic red currant bush in front and our tiny green house in the back.

ahaha, this is anakin skywalker (one of my two cats) and this looks like a prom picture.

what a poser..

one of my favorite perennials, the aquilegia vulgaris . (columbine)  a bit embarrassing to admit that I can’t remember which sort because we planted two and only one have grown and I can’t remember which this is.

my other favorite perennial, meconopsis betonicifolia

or himalayan blue poppy. hopefully it will grow as tall and beautiful as it should,

but I think it looks a little weak.

delphinium(right)  and bleeding heart(left)

he is not shaved for aesthetic reasons.

blue snowdrops.

muscari, also known as grape hyacinths.

thank you for looking at the pictures.  If you have any tips, tricks or comments, just leave a comment and make my day.

I’ve used is a pentax k100d camera with a pentacon electric multi coating. I don’t understand any of that.

GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY

after a 25$ investment at a local warehouse last fall I bought a small plastic greenhouse on sale. on 62″ hight and 32″ widht I can now grow my own plants, either to gaze upon or to eat. I prefer both. I bought seeds from,http://www.thompson-morgan.com/, three times the price of the greenhouse. and planted the first seeds two weeks ago, so it’s packed! the five different varieties of sweet pea’s, cosmos and ipomoea have germatined. due to lack of space, I haven’t planted the vegetables yet. two different varieties of tomatoes( ideal for patios), cucumbers and carrots. still waiting patiently on the slower plants, as my favorite heliotrope:

facts: a heavy-bloomer, with big clouds of small purple flowers with a gentle vanilla scent. with thick, darkgreen leaves on wood-like branches. full sun and prefers sandy- soil.

lol: similar to the my greenhouse, the smallest ever:

wisdom: you will increase your knowledge and appreciation by growing your own flowers and food, and get your hands dirty at the same time.

photo1:http://www.bearcreeknursery.net

photo2:http://www.yardandgardendirect.com