Stephen and the kids went to our garden today to clean up for the winter.  I was in docent class, so they took care of it without me.  It sounds like everything went well.

We cleaned out the cucumber and pumpkin vines a while back.  Between the powdery mildew and some animals, we didn’t have any pumpkins.  We had picked our carrots and didn’t have much else grow except tomatoes.  Our tomatoes were crazy.  We had pint after pint after pint of cherry and grape tomatoes.  We also had a decent crop of Roma tomatoes.  The problem with Roma tomatoes is that they ripen a couple at a time.  That was a hard adjustment for me since I canned 120 pounds last year – in two days.  Most of our tomatoes went straight to the freezer and at the end of the season, I made some sauce.

So, for today’s clean up, we mostly had tomato plants and stakes to clean up.  I suggested that Stephen take a garbage can with him.  That turned out to be a good idea since the waste truck was a bit of a walk from our plot.  We didn’t think to take a rake, but someone lent them one.  That turned out to be useful for raking tomatoes that had split and fallen into the beds.  Our stakes were muddy, so Stephen and the kids went back for them later in the day when they could take towels to wrap them in so not to dirty the car interior.

We had used single green plant stakes.  They turned out to be rather useless for our huge tomato plants.  Next year, we need to invest in much beefier stakes.  We also need to plan on more room per tomato plant.  Our plants took off and shaded a good portion of other plants.  By the end of the season, we had a tomato garden.

The kids are still the highlight for many of the adults and couples at the garden.  They enjoyed all of the attention during the garden visits.

We plan to plant another garden next summer.  We’ll probably try to start some plants indoors and have an earlier start with a more comprehensive plan.  Hopefully, our weather will be a little more garden friendly next year as well.

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It’s just over a week since we planted our garden. We saw improvements in the water supply with the addition of a second rain barrel and some new stands and locations. Nick enjoyed checking them out and enjoying how they worked.


Nick and Sally have been becoming quite the garden helpers. They are getting really good at watering, which is great because the weather has been dry all week.


We’ve even seen the first of our seeds sprouting, which is great news despite the hot, dry weather. We have been watering regularly to try to keep the seedlings from baking.


I’m hoping the rain continues while I am on vacation, but we have watering coverage just in case.


Yesterday was the official opening and planting day for the community garden.  Stephen and I spent some time planning out our garden this week.  After we firmed up our plans, we redrew them so they would be legible.  Then, I took photos of them and printed them out so we’d have a copy that could get wet and dirty at the garden and a dry clean copy for our records.  You can click on the photos if you want details.  We planned out one of our plots with the square foot gardening method along with a 8×2 aisle.  Since that wasn’t going to be big enough for everything, the other plot is just pumpkins, cucumbers and overflow tomatoes.  We were gifted a few tomatoes so we made sure to plant them.  We planted a mix of seeds and plants.  We have a staggered planting schedule for some items and will have a couple more small plantings in future weeks.



We arrived at the garden just after 9AM.  It was going to be a hot day in the sun.


Nick and Sally got to work playing in the dirt.  Others got busy planting.


Once we had our square foot plan strung, we got busy planting too.


Nick and Sally took turns helping out.  We were the only ones with small children at the garden.  They got lots of attention.


Turns out water was a bit of a problem.  The plan was to use water from the community center, but the distance was impractical for carrying water.  So, the mayor and a council member went and got a rain barrel, filled it and brought it out to the site.


Here’s 3 view of our planed plots and one of our neighbors.  Most of the other plots seem to be filled with plants.  That was to be expected with the late start, but we are hoping our plan and calculations with the fall crops will yield us good results with our mix of seeds and plants.



Soon we got busy watering.  It took a few trips, but we left with everything wet.



We ended up being at the garden for almost 2 hours.  We planted a pepper plant, tomato plants, pumpkins, and marigold plants.  We also planted the first round of seeds for cucumbers, spinach, beets and carrots.

Planting was winding down when we left.  We returned last night to water some more.  We want to give our seeds and plants the best shot even though it’s really hot and dry this week.  We got email this morning that the water fairies came and watered today.  We’re still going up to check on things since we don’t think our seeds would have been watered.

The kids are super excited about the garden and have already asked when we’re going today.  It’s a good thing it’s only 2.3 miles from our house.


It’s June and we have just decided to plant a garden.  Last week, I was reading the Mayfield-Hillcrest Patch, and I read about a community garden in Highland Heights.  We had been looking for a community garden to try out.  Our yard doesn’t have enough sun and our growing has been complicated by the deer population as well.

Saturday, we went up to the garden area to check it out.  There are 36 8’x8’ plots, including 2 that are handicap accessible (the higher boxes on the right in the photo).  Plots are $18.


The kids immediately fell in love with the idea of planting a garden.  They had a great time checking out the boxes.


Yesterday, I met up with a representative from the garden club to sign up and get an information packet.  While I waited, I took a few photos of the gazebo and the flowers.


It’s the first year for the garden and there is lots to figure out, but we’re going to give it a try.  We are following the square foot gardening method, figured out a plan and went shopping for plants and seeds.

After dinner last night, we rode our bikes up to the garden and showed Nick and Sally our plots.  It was a nice ride.  It’s just under 5 miles round trip and for the most part, we can avoid busy roads.

The garden officially opens for planting on Saturday.  Hopefully, we’ll have dirt and fencing at the site by then.