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May 09, 2012


You should double check, but I think mint will take over the area where it's planted-- so make sure you have it in a spot you don't mind having all mint. I think a lot of people grow mint in a container, to control the spread.

I started a vegetable garden for the first time this year, too. I enjoy your garden re-caps!

I really like the recaps, too, although mostly because I can see how much work a garden is, and since I have the biggest, brownest thumb in all of America (I would kill the mint.) and therefore won't be starting my own attempt any time soon, it makes me feel okay about it. Because, Dang, girl, when you do something, you do it RIGHT!!!!! I would have given up (read: killed) at the seedling stage.

Seriously, though, good job. I am very impressed.

(Oh, and I would totally smell the leaves.)

The stakes do make the beds look nicer but I would totally not be opposed to some bedazzling. You know, if you want more alone time outside. Just sayin.

I think you are on to something with bedazzling the fece.


Girl, did you just put that mint in the ground? Cause its going to take over your yard! DIG IT UP! Dig it up now and put it in a pot becuase holy hell, it is hard to get rid of once it starts gowing.

Very impressive! Maybe next year I'll get inspired to join you in the garden.

I was not at all jealous during the whole planting/hauling dirt/getting rid of trees phase because man, that's a lot of work. But now I'm jealous of the result. What a cute garden! I want vegetables and herbs!

I'm loving Claire's stance of authority.

Hi - Your neighbor across the river chiming in here. Agree with other commenters on the mint - get thee to a pot asap. Your entire lawn will become mint if you don't!

For fertilizing your tomatoes and peppers - I like Espoma Tomato Tone. Might not be a Lowe's/HD item, but often at nurseries/ace hardware.

On watering: your raised beds will dry out faster than in-ground beds (that is the upside of raised beds in wet places: faster drainage). For droughty hot OK and TX, not so ideal. Start weaning your veggies off the water pipe as soon as you can, just after they are out of the baby stage. I'd guess I start doing this after they are in the ground at about a week, 10 days. If I'm busy, they get started on the regime right away. You have to walk a fine line between keeping them "crap, we're thirsty, better procreate and put out some fruit before we die of thirst" and "crap, we're so thirsty, let's just die." During OKC's 100+ heat wave streak last year, I only watered every 3-5 days, but I did raised rows and not raised beds, so I had a little advantage. While they are still little, give them a good amount of water (likely every day is a bit much) so their roots will grow DOWN looking for water (this anchors them and supports them in wind, too, to have a fully developed root system). You have to let the surface dry out a little for that to happen. Stick your finger in the dirt to see if they need water. If it's damp, no water. If it's dry, water. If it's kind of on the fence, like the tip of my finger can kind of feel dampness way down there, I will try to hold off until the next day. Watering deeply and more infrequently encourages root growth more than frequent short watering bursts (think 1 hour every 4 days instead of 15 minutes every day). If tomatoes start looking heat stressed (leaves will roll up/curl to reduce evaporative surface area and thus retain moisture) put your finger in the dirt. During the heat wave or really hot days, the leaves curl anyway, it doesn't mean they are thirsty. Finger in the dirt!

PS - all the above does not apply to your pots. Pots will likely need daily water. Finger test as needed.

PPS - I think your fence looks good! I am completely A.R. and can see the difference with the sharp edges and the taut wire. Good job!

I also cannot grow rosemary from seed! I tried the last 2 years and finally gave up and spent the $3 on a plant.(i probably had spent $20 trying to grow them. DUMB).

We use miracle grow. Seems to work and we have a mad cool garden every year.

Make pickles with your cucumbers-its super easy and THAT would be a funny post.

Oh dear. You have to FERTILIZE the tomatoes? I did not know this. I have two tomato plants (and they smell WONDERFUL) so I should probably figure out the fertilizing situation. I only JUST LEARNED the bit about suckers - from my mom. All this info should be on the tag that comes with the plant!!

And I have killed many things already: my rosemary plant, a basil plant, a cilantro plant, and a mint plant. Sigh. I replaced the basil and cilantro, and the basil is doing okay but the cilantro is struggling mightily.

I also have a rogue squirrel who likes to dig in my herb planter. SIGH. Stop disrupting my herbs! There are no nuts here!

I see that I am two days late chiming in about OH NO CAREFUL MINT IS CRAZY so I assume by now it's too late and it has already enveloped your house.

I'm seconding what Mia said about the water. I know it gets hotter down there in the summer, for longer stretches, but we still have 95-100 degree days all the time, and I maybe water 3-5 days a week. I just kind of go by how it looks. If it's super crusty on top but moist-ish underneath then I wait a day. If it's all BARREN EARTH WE ARE DYING dry, then I water a bit. If it's been really hot for a week, I might water every day that week. BUT I only do it for 5-10 minutes, definitely not until the water runs out, or mine at least would flood. :)

Mulch: I don't know your lawn situation, but can you bag the grass next time its mowed? That's the BEST mulch and will help keep moisture in the ground and your little veggies happy.

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