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Growing My First Garden in Longview, WA

 
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Similar to how Paul Wheaton has project labor and nest labor, there is a similar division of time with my internship in Longview, WA, where I am doing some gardening and renovating. Growing my own garden falls under nest labor (aka my own time), so, I have been mostly working on this early morning, late evening, and on the weekends. I got my starts and seeds from Eric's mom, and I'm really grateful for her!

These are some of the things I have planted. At the stakes, there are tomato plants.


These are some tiny sprouted jalapenos I planted into the ground.


I also planted some peppers.


Here's a close up of one of the tomato plants!


And these are more started plants that I have yet to get into the ground!


I also directly sowed a few varieties of squash and peas, because I like squash and would love for eating but also want it as ground cover, too! I'm hoping the direct seeded squash and peas do awesome!
 
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This morning I planted some, I think, kale.


And then, I planted some onions!


This is what one section currently looks like of my garden!


At the moment, I think I will be happy if anything grows and bears fruit! Because it's pretty important that something becomes a harvest!
 
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Today, I expanded the area for my garden a bit more. I chop and dropped another area, and I discovered a mint patch, which I spared, so that I can munch on a lot! I love mint!


In that area that I cleared today, I pretty much did a Sepp Holzer approach of "seeds, you're on your own!" I tossed a mix of different lettuce varieties there and a variety of peas, beans, and squash!


Then, in one of the soil piles around the pond, I sowed it full of a variety of seeds- lettuces, squashes, beans, and peas. I also added some onion and kale starts as well.
 
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The tomato plants in my garden seem to be doing well!



And I think some of the seeds I directly sowed are starting to germinate!

 
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I took a peak at the little tiny simple mound of soil around a tree (located by the upper pond and above my first hugelkultur bed) that I had planted with direct seeds and some starts. It looks like some things are starting to grow there!





This will hopefully be a survival test and bootcamp for the plants that morphs into landrace gardening, because I do not plan to water this little mound at all or provide any help. I have been told I gotta water them or they will die, but I'm going to see what happens anyways.
 
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And these are some pictures from my actual garden.

Some of my direct seeded plants are coming up!!!







And my tomato plants seem to be doing well!



 
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I think my garden is doing okay. I'm happy to see the volunteer mint growing up and around. I love the taste and smell of it!

 
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