Posted by: JerseyOrganic | May 17, 2011

First Blog Post

It’s a rainy week here in New Jersey. Which means there isn’t much I have to do outside today.. there are definitely things that need to get done but I’ve been working out in the rain all weekend. My garden, even though its mid May seems to be off to a great start; almost thriving.
This is my second year with a kitchen garden and I finally decided to was time to blog. Thanks to my friends and family pushing me as well as all the awesome clients at my work I’m taking advantage of this rainy day and getting started.
I can not exactly say I have any expertise. I am just a twenty something who is AWARE about whats in our food and thought how I’d love to have a vegetable garden. Let me sum up last year in a paragraph…

We built a beautiful 20’x17′  fenced in garden by framing out chicken wire in 5ish foot sections. Additionally, we had made 8 5’x4′ raised beds and a tumbling composter. We had a truck at that time which made things easier. Like picking up the “organic composted soil”, 7 truckloads in torrential downpour but we were oh so excited.
    

           

I attempted to grow all my own transplants for a small list of plants (Broccoli, bell peppers, jalapeno, romaine, cukes, tomatoes, herbs, potatoes, onions, and watermelon) The germination went well. I had all my seed starters in front a large south-facing window. Although a few weeks later we had weeks of overcast. I did lose some plants and I had only planted what I thought I need (ie 5 pepper plants) I was down to a meager count. The hardening off process was also a surprise. It was a pain in the butt to take all those plants in and out every night especially when you work 5 days a week.
Soon came planting time, my soil and plants were ready and I got started. Now its time to wait, wait, wait .
     

My onions, sad to say never made it. They got planted too late in the season and it was looking like my peppers plateaued, not growing more than a foot tall and producing no fruit. My tomatoes got fruit by they were small for  sure. Cukes came which was a nice change. As well as some potatoes, even though I did not properly hill them and they grew 3 feet tall. Broccoli and watermelon did not do good either. Using a tumbling composting was a silly thought because two people just couldn’t produce enough waste. Looking back I’ve learned that I did not adequately water or fertilize(with organics of course) and I became determined to get it right for the 2011 growing season. That winter would become one of learning, lots and lots of reading. I do not think I would now be as knowledgable without “The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible” by Edward C. Smith. I have now read it 20 times and can probably recite. I was feeling good about the new season that was upon us.

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