Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Planting the camp garden

The last update on the camp garden showed that we had it ready for soil to arrive. Here are a few reminders of what it looks like before all the hard work:

Lots of potential?
A well stacked corner
The stairs and cardboard underlayment
So we were ready to fill in all that lovely space with topsoil and get planting! Except the dirt got delayed. There I am, seedlings ready to go into the ground, and I can't plant for another 10 days. Argh.

Chris, of course, used the time wisely, and dug up some of our more annoying semi-buried boulders. They made it impossible to easily mow and keep up the cherry grove.

That's actually a huge hole
The plan was to dump the dirt in the hole, pull out enough to fill the garden, and then smooth anything left. Good plan.

Ten yards of topsoil just disappeared 
Carefully coating the garden area 
Dumped and hand raked 
The fresh dirt is coolest 
Wild roses left in the garden wall
We used the full 10 yards between the hole and the garden and realized that we really should have gotten 20. Darn.
Tomato cages add color
 I planted lots of stuff:
Marigolds, tomatoes, kohlrabi 
Sunflowers, cauliflower, tomatillos, jalapeno
Marigolds and dill bed 
Cokes, Zukes, summer squash
Hubbard squash
 I ran the soaker hoses and left a lot of room for squash plants to run and I'll have space to succession plant.
Basil and another dill bed, tomatoes
 But a couple weeks later, everything is starting to fill in (this was taken mid-June).

Homemade tomato cage
And now that we're into July, well, I've got flowers on everything and squash is starting to form. Really looking forward to some harvesting later this month.

We're continuing to make improvements. The shed is now up here, the water line has been run, and I've successfully identified what has been stealing marigolds and tomato plants (I mean, come on, what eats marigolds???). More on that later...


  1. What a marvelous garden space! Here in Northern Indiana, I garden in pure sand, with almost never a stone. I'm so envious of your stone walls and steps. Beautifully thought out garden plan. I can't wait to see pictures of your future progress as it grows.

    1. Thanks! We joke that we harvest as many rocks as we do vegetables. Have to spend a good bit of time each spring gathering the rocks that came up with the frost heaves.

  2. Looks like your camp is really coming along, cannot wait to see the finished product. Looks like you guys put a ton of work into this. Thanks for the share, hope you have a nice rest of your week.
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