ODA 226 wrote:I've never grown anything before in my life, but here's my first attempt...Please be gentle! LOL!
ODA, no need at all to feel nervous about your first efforts at harnessing nature to feed you and yours because your garden appears quite admirable. Oh yeah, and this is
the Virgin Gardener section anyway. Besides, I was suitably impressed with this 'first attempt', would be pleased and happy to have this as my own garden. If you haven't already go back and read my
first attempt at balcony gardening and its descent in flames to a crash and burn. Your first attempt is rocking and rolling.
As you said in the vid, keep updating what you experience happening there for this thread. I read everything here in my quest to learn gardening myself. I find I need all info, both successes and
details of how and why things didn't go as planned, to be necessary to my learning process. All the things like 'this is working', "I damaged myself doing that", 'this was how I did it', 'that plastic didn't work on the project', to be the very things I'm looking for. I am learning from this. And the tips being shared here are at times worth just even having the thread.
Change of thought:
I can't find it now but someone mentioned they are doing square foot gardening. My other garden a few years back was based on that concept and was happily successful. The square foot watering method of watering under the plant and nowhere else took away that pleasant experience of standing with the water hose spraying everything down, which though was fully balanced out by weeding that took only a couple of minutes a week and a water bill that was so low it challenged my neighbor's belief compared to her garden water bill that was shooting through the roof and making her garden product so much more expensive than mine. And her garden bugs and plant problems widly differed from mine too.
My in-ground plants downstairs (in ground loaned by the plot holder) are being wildly different in their successes. I have planted, replanted and nurtured plants that in different sections vary from will-not-grow to stunted no matter what I am doing. Even marigolds which seem to thrive anywhere. While in other parts of my donated soil the plants run from slow growing to spindly to thriving. I'm guessing it is a soil composition thing that needs some better understanding for next year. Wouldn't I just love to make the donated ground a little linear raised garden bed for next year with improved soil.