Sunday, May 4, 2008

Come and get it

The kitchen garden is complete, just in time for a Green Thumb Sunday post. I cleared quite a bit of debris and had to pull way too much grass before it was remotely usable. I used several layers of newspaper to cut down on the weeds and grass, then poured two bags each of Cedar Grove Compost and Booster Blend into both sections. We'll eventually add a cap for more comfortable kneeling and a copper strip around the sides to repel slugs.

I'm hopeful that all my seedlings make the transfer. Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew advises against starting some plants indoors because they don't transplant well. In my garden that would include carrots, peas and squash.

After a trip to the edible plant sale hosted by Seattle Tilth, I've mostly completed my list of vegetables to fill this first of three beds. I bought "Chocolate" and "Gourmet Orange" bell peppers, "Isis Candy" cherry and "Chianti Rose" tomatoes, and Pineapple Sage.

While at the sale we popped into the children's garden, which turns 20 this year. It's used for classes and camps for children aged 1 to 14.


Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

We missed the Tilth sale this weekend! Sat. was so rainy and we're both fighting colds. And Sunday WN had to work. But this year we started many more things from seeds. We still need to get the tomato and pepper starts though. Aren't the Tilth children's gardens great! They have summer programs for kids to teach them about gardening.

The Gardeness said...

This was our first year visiting. By Sunday they were out of things like strawberries. I'll have to volunteer to get in on the pre-sale action!

Compostings said...

Your square foot garden is going to be great. Can't wait to follow its progress.

And can you send some of those beautiful flowers my way here in Connecticut?

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Weed Whackin' Wenches said...

Yes, people start lining up an hour before the gates open for the sale. We were wondering how they did this year since Sat. was so rainy and cold. Should have known that wouldn't stop seattlites! I work at the GSC so I get to see all the work that goes into setting up that sale. Yes, volunteering is a great idea. You get to go to the special volunteer sale on Friday evening. BTW, the park behind GSC, Meridian Park, is a great park for kids. They don't use any chemical sprays on the grass or plants. I don't know if that's the norm here for all parks or just that one.