The other garden

After all the shenanigans in my garden out back, I also take care of a plot at a local community garden. This is the second year the garden has been operational and the second year I have taken on maintaining a plot there. Last year was pretty successful as I ended up growing two 5 gallon buckets full of onions the first part of the year. The last half petered out due to the record setting summer temperatures. I went into this year splitting my plot with my mom but ended up taking the whole thing back over.
In January I planted the plot half full of onions and in March planted tomatoes and peppers. The onions were slow to start but ended up taking hold and did fairly well. The rest of the stuff I ripped out pretty quickly as it was noticeable that there was an underlying issue. The soil. I never did anything to build the soil and it showed tremendously. So I took to planting buckwheat in April.
Last weekend I cut my losses with the onions and pulled them. Amazingly, most weren’t a decent size.
I took the tiller up there and tilled the buckwheat under and added some cotton burr compost.
After that, it was time to plant something. Hmm… I guess it’s okra and beans. Clemson spineless (the old stand standby) and pinto bush beans.
It’s the perfect time to start okra as it will be at its peak during the summer heat. The beans are another story. I don’t usually plant beans in the spring, and with it being May, I’m pushing my luck.

My empty plots. Seeds planted.

The composting stations.


Someone is doing some companion planting. Beans and tomatoes.

This was the idea of growing potatoes I wanted to use this year but opted not too. Now that I see it works, count me in for next year.


Comments 4

  1. Misti wrote:

    It’s looking good up there! I forgot how long those beds were, too.

    Did you mean your onions ‘were’ bigger than you thought?

    Thanks for reminding me to start my okra. We’re waiting for our three onions beds and the garlic bed to empty up before we put things in but we’re starting stuff in other pots now.

    Posted 09 May 2012 at 8:32 am
  2. Erin wrote:

    What a pretty community garden! I’m curious about the composting stations. Looks like there’s some color-coding there? Would you mind explaining how it works for you, because we’re still working out compost at our community garden. Last year was a bust, and we’re going to have even more to add to it this year. Would love to get some good compost out of our garden too!

    Posted 10 May 2012 at 11:15 am
  3. Curtis wrote:

    It’s based on cooking time and how far along the process is.

    Posted 30 May 2012 at 9:54 am
  4. Mom wrote:

    Looking good up there !!

    Posted 16 May 2012 at 10:35 am

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