Friday, April 24, 2009

My setup

As a first post about my garden, growing things and raising things (right now ducks and plants) on 1/10th acre total, I guess I should start with a list of what we have, so far:

Sweet corn, pole beans, bush beans, radishes, broccoli, spinach, swiss chard, nasturtium, cucumbers, peppers, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, onions, leeks, garlic, zucchini, tomatoes, boysenberry, orange, pomegranate, parsley, sage, dill, thyme, basil, oregano, strawberries, walnuts, ducks, cedar, redwood, roses.

My goal right now is for one meal per week to come completely from our little space. We live on a 1/10th acre lot in a city near Sacramento, worked a little garden space last year for tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, corn, beans, and peppers, and watched the soil bloom with worms and oxalis. This year, the soil looked much better, although the plants still grew well last year, with the notable exception of the squash and cucumbers.

Those two plants were beset by some disease which rotted the plants right at flowering time. The plants would grow and flower prolifically, but just as the flowers turned to fruit, the vine had shriveled up to it, and killed it. Exactly one cucumber and one zucchini last year, the former inedible, the latter shaped like a baseball bat.

So, I'm hoping this year that the better soil will prevent that, and if it does not, then I'll have to do some research.

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