Our studio garden is slowly progressing. Initially the plan was to start plants from seed and then plant them out in our beds, but what's actually been happening this spring and summer so far is that we're buying in PLANTS and getting them directly in the garden instead. Because we are generally planting as we acquire plants, the garden looks a bit haphazard at the moment.
All in due time I guess.
A book that really helped me understand how to prep beds for planting is Cool Flowers by Lisa Mason Zeigler. While this book's primary subject matter is about planting cool annuals in fall for early spring flowers, her introductory step-by-step on bed prep is clear as dirt and very easy to follow. If you are good at following directions, this book could be all you need to get your beginner flower garden started.
Right now we are hand watering ours, but the end goal is to set up drip irrigation. Katie and Jacob built and set up a two chamber compost bin and a rain barrel. Jacob also built a beautiful seed starting table for us that I suspect we'll begin to use into the fall.
A great resource that I've found for a monthly gardening Checklist is on Berkeley Horticultural Nursery's Website. Their tips for July are:
- Mulch the soil around vegetable plants for water conservation.
- Check your water garden to see that it is clear and free of mosquito larvae.
- Tropical plants will benefit from extra feeding during these warm months.
- Feed acid-loving plants with Cottonseed Meal or Fish Emulsion.
- Deadhead and feed early-flowering perennials for a second bloom.
How I translate this for our garden - we should mulch wherever we can and we should do an application of Organic Fish fertilizer.
Greg and I just sent off two of our favorite people back to the East coast. We had a fun 10 days with them out here and now I think I'll head outside to enjoy some of this sun.
Happy Fourth of July!