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Peppers, Lettuce, Tomatoes

Peppers, Lettuce, Tomatoes

I’ve been forced to take a break from planting, due to rain, but I’m really not complaining; I’m actually enjoying loafing around for a day. In an attempt to salvage the day, I decided to take some pictures of my progress. This is my second Serious garden, as I’ve learned quite a bit in past years. I almost feel like I know what I’m doing this year !

Leaf Lettuce

Leaf Lettuce

Here’s a close up of the lettuce patch. I’ve tried something new this year, using newspaper in an attempt to suppress the weeds. I started by leveling the ground, and then laying a patch of unused newsprint down. ( Newspapers sometimes sell the leftover rolls of paper, generally called “End Rolls”.) I then poked holes every few inches, and then I placed a seed or three in each hole. It seems this method is working quite well.

Pole Bean Trellis

Pole Bean Trellis

There’s where I left off when the rain chased me indoors. It’s the beginning of a Pole Bean Trellis. Later today when the weather improves, I will tie string from the bottom of the trellis, up over the top, and back down to the other side. I’ll then place my Kentucky Pole Bean seeds on both sides of the trellis. I’ve chosen pole beans this year, since bush beans are a real back breaker to pick.

In the space between the Numex Sunrise peppers and the trellis, I’ve planted Zucchini, and Cucumbers.

The blue tool in the dirt is a fence post hole digger, which is much easier to dig holes with. The garden has a good deal of clay in it, so digging holes can be difficult. This tools makes digging holes quick and simple.

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