Friday, May 18, 2012
Funky Fridays! My Organic Garden!
Well, it may not look like much now.. but hey, my daughter and I started most of this from seed! The huge plant in the front is Zuchinni, to the right are tomatoes and California greens and a bean plant (which I need to get a trellis for) In front of that are Butter lettuce, more tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, corn (on the very right), more green beans, oregano, basil, thyme, summer squash and garlic.
Completely organic! At least so far. So, how are we doing it? From what little I've read, you plant your crops in groups of different crops. In other words don't plant a row of beans and then a row of tomatoes, plant a group of beans, tomatoes, squash, carrots..etc.. and then another group somewhere else of the same veggies.. the idea being that different plants have different defense mechanisms that can help each other against certain pests.
Another thing I did was plant fragrant herbs (oregano, thyme, basil) among the groups. Apparently this helps keep pests at bay too. I also planted patches of garlic. (There are four groupings throughout the garden) to keep away critters who are offended by the smell. (Not this critter! I love garlic) And lastly, we planted marigold flowers everywhere. They are also a bug deterrent.
Other than that, I've been watering it and weeding it everyday. So far, we have enjoyed some radishes and some wonderfully fresh butter lettuce. You can't imagine the nutrients that are in a freshly picked bunch of lettuce or in a fresh carrot or any vegetable! I pick them and take them right to the kitchen to make a salad. But we are only in the beginning stages, so there's more to come!
Here's another view. It's actually not very big.. probably 10 feet by 6 feet.
Cool, huh? Well, this city slicker thinks it is!! We'll see how we do. Sorry about my unmowed lawn. :-( Hubby has been gone on business for awhile.
So how about you? Do you garden? Do you know anything about organic farming? Any tips you can give me?
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!