the plants are in the ground!

as many of you may be following our adventures in gardening, you’ll know we just finished our garden this morning.  well, finished is relative. we completed assembling all components and are now praying we don’t kill our plants.  it’s been a long time coming but we both were excited to finally plant our lovely fruit and veggies.  for the last week my car and our home has been a lovely, insulating green house until the soil was just right…oh and our real greenhouse was built. however, for the last week i feel like i smell like dirt. constantly. even when i’m at work at my computer, i’m looking around to figure out where the dirt smell is coming from. perhaps this is why.

gotta love the rsx. she sure holds ALOT.

we haven't used our kitchen table in over a week.

leave it to kyle to come up with the coolest contraptions and figure out how to make dreams into reality. i’m clearly not the visionary.

nearly done assembling the test run of our greenhouse in the garage.

and voila! behold our greenhouse and garden.

ta-da.

here’s some other cool photos of today’s plantings.

kyle assembling our greenhouse

team-work. kyle digs the hole. jackie transplants the plants.

our greenhouse without the covering.

because we were super duper excited to participate with all the “old people” at the Fred Myers Fucshia Sale last weekend, we also bought a lot of plants that were not quite ready for spring.  hence the greenhouse.  the following is in the greenhouse;

– cherry tomatoes
– baby girl tomatoes
– yellow bell peppers
– red bell peppers
– jalapeno
– japanese eggplant

and once the weather warms up, the greenhouse can be collapsed and moved to our storage unit, so our plants can join the lettuce, kale, carrots and strawberries.

it’s also been a cool experience because we’ve found out through some research about companion planting.  essentially some plants do really well next to some and not so well next to others.  if you’re thinking about gardening, there’s a lot of books and websites out there.  this is one of the sites we’ve used a lot with our planting.

the only thing that we ask for are your prayers that the city of seattle comes through to help support us by providing us a water system of sorts.  one of the goals for our new mayor of seattle, mike mcginn, is to increase urban gardening in 2010. our entire community of gardeners have emailed our councilman to advocate on our behalf. it was so encouraging to be sent a copy of the letter than councilman larry phillips sent on our behalf to the mayor. until then, its the bucket brigade and rain buckets.

if you have any tips or advice for us new-comers, we’ll gladly take them!

happy gardening!

2 Comments

  1. I am by no means an expert on such things, but one thing we use is organic fertilizer from Walt’s (it’s on Leary right next to the Ballard bridge underpass).

    It’s probably $10 a bag but it’s lasted two seasons. They even have a “rainy Seattle blend” that’s supposed to be good for our climate’s conditions and soil.

    Also, the city of Seattle is giving out 2 free bags of compost! Go to http://www.cgcompost.com to find locations.

    Happy gardening!

  2. I am by no means an expert on such things, but one thing we use is organic fertilizer from Walt’s (it’s on Leary right next to the Ballard bridge underpass).

    It’s probably $10 a bag but it’s lasted two seasons. They even have a “rainy Seattle blend” that’s supposed to be good for our climate’s conditions and soil.

    Also, the city of Seattle is giving out 2 free bags of compost! Go to http://www.cgcompost.com to find locations.

    Happy gardening!

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