Community Gardening: Tomatoes, Zucchini, Squash, and a Haiku

Corvallis, Oregon

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted about the community garden. All is going well. Very well, in fact.

Last week, I planted four tomato plants, and a zucchini and squash plant; and the peas are growing delightfully.

Here are some recent pics.

The indoor starts are close. I am waiting one more week, just in case we get some rain; they are still small, so a large rain would be harmful.

Here is a pic of the indoor starts.

Corvallis, Oregon

Next?

Yep. Planting the indoor starts next week. After that? Watch and tend. Beautiful.

And, here’s a haiku I created recently as I was contemplating the garden.

watch them grow, one and
then another, roots unfold,
take hold, then? behold

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

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Community Gardening: Indoor Starts, the First Peas, and a Sun Elfje

Corvallis, Oregon 2021

Alright, I’ve decided to turn My One Thing This Spring: Gardening, into a new Spring/Summer series. It occurred to me that I’ll have many more updates, which made making the community garden experience into a series an easy decision. Okay, here’s what’s new.

The plot is ready, and I’ve been continuing to work the soil, and have actually planted the first few seeds. A couple different varieties of peas. Delicious. Well, they will be eventually. 

Here’s a couple pictures of those first budding peas.

Awesome. And, yep, the soil is dry, only on the top few layers though; and, the water at the community garden is now on, which is grand.

I’ve also planted seeds indoors. Many of them. 50 to be exact! Here are some of the herbs and veggies I’ve planted into an indoor greenhouse.

  • Basil and Cilantro
  • Mixed Hot Peppers
  • Raddish
  • Beet
  • Various Lettuce Varieties
  • Chard
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli

I purchased this nifty little Green House at the local garden store for $20.

Here is what it looks like; and, here is what it looks like as the seeds begin to sprout.

Pretty cool, yes? Yes, I think so too.

Oh, and here is my latest addition. I bought these 4 beauties at the farmers market today.

Corvallis, Oregon 2021

I adore tomatoes. One of my favorites. Yum.

Next steps?

Sowing seeds directly into the ground, which will happen around May 4. We’re very close. Excited.

Alright, once the indoor seed starts and the tomatoes are transplanted, and I sow some more seeds directly into the ground, I’ll have another update.

Until then, enjoy the spring sun. Hopefully it is shining wherever you are.  And, oh, before we go, how about a little Elfje on the sun to take us out. Yes? Okay, here we go.

Orange
Sun shines
Bright as a star
Taken into my being
Delight

Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone.

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My One Thing Last Saturday: Gardening

Photo by Kateryna Moskalova on Unsplash

Well, as I’ve written about before, last year, just before the pandemic really broke out here locally, I moved to the other side of this small town. And, as I began to get out a bit last summer, I realized that there was a very nice community garden right by a park that I frequented for walks, and at that time, runs.

Though there are many community gardens in Corvallis, I was unsure about securing one for this season. And? I did! I am quite excited.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve belonged to a community garden. The Willamette Park Community Garden has only been in existence for about 5 years. The people that run the garden are super cool, and the spot I got is also super cool.

Here is a pic of the garden plot after Justin and I did some work this past Saturday.

Corvallis, Oregon 2021

As you can see there are three phases to the plot. The first phase is closest to us in the picture, and is the area that Justin and I worked Saturday. The second phase, which I’ll begin on in about 2 weeks, is covered with cardboard and mulch, and the third phase is just to the right of that, covered for now with only cardboard.

I will likely begin putting seeds and starts in the ground in the first phase this weekend. What veggies, you ask? Good questions. Here is an example of a planting schedule for this area.

Corvallis, OR 2021

It’s always interesting to visualize what the garden might look like in three months. I definitely have a vision of it with walkways and veggie sections coordinated by their growing season. Fun.

Here is a garden plot template, which is kind of fun.

There are many vegetables and spices I enjoy that are not on this template, yet it does give you an idea of how you can organize a garden space.

Alright, that was my one thing last Saturday. Getting my garden plot ready to plant.

I already have an idea for another installment of My One Thing. Remember the guitar I bought? Well, I can now play 6 or 7 chords, and can also play the intro to one of my new favorite songs. Yes, super fun!

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