I’ve Graduated to a Plot

For the last few years I have been using pots to grow my herbs and veggies.  After hearing about last year’s never-before-seen neighboring garden, the jealousy started to brew.  In fact, it brewed all fall and winter.  I was determined to make my yard work for me.  This is is the result.  

 First, I raked all of the pine straw away.  It was the dumping grounds for all of the yard debris, which made more work for me.  Good thing I needed the exercise. 

 After leveling the ground as much as possible, I placed my cinder blocks into a 3×3 square pattern.  This is when I found that the ground wasn’t as level as I thought. It will have to work.  

Last, I used a mixture of 3 types of soil; 2 bags of top soil, 1 bag of potting soil, and 2 bags of garden soil.  I am not sure if this is the right ratio to use of any but I made sure to use less of the heavy stuff.  5 bags filled the space. 

 I was then ready to plant the tomato varieties.  The plants came from a plant outlet that has wonderful prices.  Each tomato plant cost either $1.00 or $1.50.  Did I mention that the plants were huge before purchasing them? 

In the picture above, I have Sweet 100’s, Mortgage Lifters, Tomatillos, Green Zebra, and Yaqui tomatoes. Again, I am not an expert on growing in raised bed planters because I have been a pot person for the past few years.  Let’s hope my spacing is correct. I can say that they have more space in the bed than they did in the pots.

The 3×3 space looked much larger when placing the cinder blocks in the pattern while in the store.  Hind sight is 20/20!  Now I have to build 2 more on the adjacent sides.  Hopefully my neighbor doesn’t mind looking at the cinder blocks.  I considered painting the sides with some sort of design.  Maybe it will make them less of an eyesore. If I do, you’ll be the first to see.

Notice the holes in the cinder blocks.  I wanted to plant my peppers in each of the spaces but I am trying to figure out if there was enough space for the roots.  Understandably, the roots would grow down in to ground so maybe my concerns are a mute point.  This way the peppers can provide security for the tomatoes since I have some interesting wildlife in my neighborhood.  It would also increase my available planting space.  I’m on my way back to the outlet to plan my next move!
 

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