- Gardening year: 2012
- Location: Long Island, New York
- Planting By Color: Orange
Hi, my name is Miriam and I’m from Long Island, New York; it’s in the Orange color group for our spring garden.
My husband and I started our garden in 2010. We started late but had great success with everything we palnted. We used regular, good quality soil (delivered from our local nursery) mixed with organic compost and we’re adding compost to the bed at the beginning of each planting season to bulk it up.
The bed is 4×16 feet long and it sticks out away from the fence and into the yard which gives 3/4′s of the bed full sun all summer, and still allows me to plant shade tolerant veggies in the 1/4 that is closest to the fence (usually lettuce, onions). I was watering the garden almost daily the first year and noticed my tomatoes were splitting. Last year I changed the location of the tomatoes to the middle of the garden where the sprinklers hit everyother day, and the tomatoes were perfect. I was VERY pregnant all last summer, and basically ignored the garden with the exception of some crazy weeding during a ‘nesting’ episode 2 weeks before delivering, and the garden flourished! We had so many tomatoes half of them rotted before my husband could pick them! This year I’m hoping to be a little more vigilant than last year (and actually weed and fertilize), but I think I may keep from hand watering anything and re-set the sprinklers to hit the whole bed as that seemed to work really well last year.
My biggest worries are the carrots and peas. I have no idea when to harvest the carrots and the first year I think I waited too long and they tasted bitter. I also worry about fertilizing the peas, it seemed that every time I did, the flowers would fall off and I had a so-so crop. Also, I have strawberries planted in the last 4 feet of the bed that have taken over those 16 squares, I’m going to attempt to contain them there before they take over the entire bed; any suggestions?
The only changes I’d like to make to the bed this year are the addition of some kind of netting or fencing because the squirrels and birds are feasting on all of the fruits and veggies! And, I’d like to attempt planting something new when the early veggies are out.
Thank you for taking a look at my plan, your website has been an inspiration to me and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about my garden!