Gardening

Angry Man Farm: Raised Garden Bed!

A while ago when WM and I were heading to the PA Renaissance Faire, we passed some farms and idly wondered what our farm name would be, if we had one. We laughingly settled on Angry Man Farm. Whenever we do any type of outdoor or baking work, we call it an Angry Man Farm product.

This past weekend was amazing for two reasons: 1) it was a three-day weekend and 2) the weather was AMAZING. Thusly, it was time for me to put my gardening money where my mouth is and build the small raised garden I planned at the beginning of the month.

We went to Home Depot and bought two 8-foot 2×10 boards, and one 8-foot 4×4 post. With guidance from WM, I cut the boards into 2 4-foot lengths and 2 2-foot lengths. We cut the post into 4 6-inch lengths so they would be shorter than the bed. And then we drilled holes into the sides of the bed into the little square piece to give it more support.

WE SUCK AT MATH.

We lined the bottom of the bed with cardboard and leaves. Then it was time to buy soil. We bought 7 1.5 cubic foot bags of dirt. And because we suck at math, we had 2 left. It’s okay, they’ll get used. I’m going to plant green beans and cucumber plants in pots.

You can also file this under “we suck at math”: we didn’t account for the 2-inch width of the boards when we cut them to exactly 4 feet by exactly 2 feet. Now the bed is effectively 3 foot 8 inches long by 2 foot 4 inches wide. You live, you learn. If I build another box I’ll remember this.

Next, we need to figure out how to keep rabbits, squirrels, and black-and-white spaniels out of the garden once the plants are transplanted. I can’t think of this yet – too overwhelming.

Sated and a bit sore, I turned my attention toward the plants I had growing inside. I was running into a problem where the seedlings were growing too tall too quickly so that they could reach the sunlight coming out of the window. Now I know the solution to that was to install grow lights over them but OMG how much setup is a gardening newbie supposed to spend money on?

And the little peat pods were drying out very quickly. Even though the seedlings were 3 weeks old at most, I decided to transplant them all into larger pots to hold more moisture.

I got a little carried away.

Neither my mint, rosemary, or lavender sprouted, so I planted another round of those seeds in new peat pods.

The vegetables came into the kitchen, where I put the pots in trays on top of an overturned bin to get them closer to the window. The impatiens are still in the guest room, also on overturned bins. I hope that by the time the little herbs begin to grow I have the rest of the plants moved outside.

Angry Man Farm: Sprouts!

Two weeks ago, I planted seeds. And they’re sprouting! Yes, I know this is how nature is supposed to work, but I’m still pretty new at this so it’s nice to see things working as intended.

Impatiens at the bottom. Slacker seeds: lavender, rosemary, mint.

The tomatoes were first to sprout. Shortly after, the peppers, basil, dill, and impatiens sprouted. The tomatoes quickly grew too tall for the little greenhouse so I moved them into a foil tray. And, because I have been an idiot in the past, I started labeling the base of the foil tray so I know what is what.

Cherry tomato plant goes here.

It was in the 70s two days this week and I used that opportunity to check on last year’s thyme plant. Sweet merciful crap! It’s still alive! I trimmed back some of the less healthy stems, but I think I have myself a permanent thyme bush now.

I moved the daisies to the front porch, but the winter was not kind to them. I trimmed the dead branches down to the dirt level. Maybe they’ll grow back? They’re supposed to be perennials.

And I have garlic in a pot out front that I planted last fall. The Internet tells me that they went dormant over winter, and I’ll have some garlic to harvest in early summer.

This weekend, I’m going to buy some wood to build a raised box for the yard. I also want a wheelbarrow, but that might be overkill.


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