Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More Gardening, Less Camping

We haven't camped out in Lenny in a few weeks, the last time was just at a friend's house for a night. I had planned to go camping for a few days for my birthday but the weather was too cool in the areas I wanted to go with scattered storms so we ended up moving into a new house which gives me a lot more space for my plants~

Most of them are in Lowes or Home Depot buckets, but some I have been able to find and re-purpose. Usually there is too much paint or plaster in them to re-use for food plants though. My soil mixture I got out of a greenhouse book~ 1 part top soil 1 part peat moss 1 part vermiculite. The vermiculite is enriched with fertilizers so I haven't had to fertilize yet.
To keep slugs away I always have beer out in 2 cat food dishes which is perfect for slugs to crawl in, get drunk and drown. I also like to spritz the leaves with soap nut solution (2 soap nuts per 1 cup water, boiled 30 min and cooled) and used the left over soap nuts to rub around the rim of the buckets. So far, so good! My cat lies around the buckets a lot during most days so hopefully that will help deter squirrels, and this week I plan to get one of those fake owls to guard my fruits and veggies from other creatures. The buckets help protect from bunnies though~ a plus!

"Sweet 100" Variety Tomato

First Bean I got to eat~ beans sprout, grow and produced the quickest

2 Variety Cucumber, Dill and Carrots in 20'' Pot
(adding more sticks for natural trellis)
today as I write this they are already much bigger

"Better Bush" Tomato~ has 9 now!

Only Tomato that survived from seed~ she's quite the Champ!!

In all I have~
3 Tomato plants and 3 Jalapenos that are pretty mature that I bought as seedlings from stores
3 Bush Beans grown from seed
1 Cucumber bought from store
1 Basil plant bought from store
1 cilantro plant bought from store (and not doing well)
1 cucumber started from seed
1 tomato started from seed
lots of~ Jalapenos, Bell Peppers, Dill, Carrots, Onions all started from seed

I thought most of the pepper seedlings would die off but surprisingly none of them did so now I am over run with baby pepper seedlings, but I am quickly finding out that they make great gifts!

Hopefully today will be the last run to the store for buckets and soil mixtures!


  1. OK, Laura... I have a problem. First, you're driving my bus and now your growing the garden I can't!

    What's next!?! Besides my turning green with envy!

    Cyndi & Stumpy @ RVly Ever After

  2. Hi there!
    I've been following your blog for awhile now - great stuff! I've got a '78 myself. We used to live in North Carolina (near Raleigh) until two years ago, then moved to Colorado.
    Anyway...not sure if you've ever grown cucumbers before, but those plants are going to take over that pot. They take up a lot of room, and spread out a ton across the ground. Maybe you can train them to grow up. Good luck!
    - Steve

  3. Cindy~ there are plenty of Buses all over that need homes and someone to camp in them are care for them~ so that dream can still totally be a reality for you!
    As for the gardening~ it does take up a lot of space and I wish I could make a more permanent structure~ like raised beds.

    Steve~ I use to live in Raleigh~ cool! Hope Colorado is treating you well that is a destination for me to visit soon and maybe relocate?? Who knows! As for the Cukes~ Yep I am trellising those badboys as we speak, they are growing so fast I'll have to hike out into the woods soon to get some tall branches to make a natural trellis. For now I have bent metal into swirlies for them to trellis up, as well as a few branches that are too short. :D

  4. Yes, Colorado is AWESOME! I thought I would miss North Carolina, but the only thing I miss is being close to the beach. Colorado weather in the summer is excellent. No humidity, no bugs! The winter isn't bad either. The snow melts within a day or two. The winter temps are pretty comparable to NC, but colder at night. Plus looking at the mountains everyday is pretty sweet too. :)

  5. Wow~ you've almost got me sold! Colorado is definitely one of my next destinations!