Entry 27: Gardening Is My Workout!
To my friends and coworkers who always try to shame me (ahem, “convince me”) to go to the gym with them, I say that gardening is my workout. No seriously! Tilling soil is a great workout for your biceps, carrying large bags of topsoil is basically weight lifting and the fact that you have to stay close to the ground means that you are constantly doing the ultimate squat. So yes gardening is my workout and I’m quite happy with that.
On to the actual update. So I went to the local gardening center today and picked up a few pre-grown vegetable seedlings. I went a bit overboard actually as there was a sale if I got a certain amount. So I got 2 onion plants (one white and one red), 1 big boy tomato seedling, 2 eggplants (one of the Asian variety and the other called “black magic” sounds spooky), 1 carrot pack, 1 sweet corn pack, 2 types of kale (green and red) and a iceberg lettuce and 2 toy choi plants (I think it’s better known as the baby bok choi). You can check them all out in Pic 1. I went out and transplanted everything into the ground and got quite a workout from the tilling. In Pic 2, you can see the sweet corn at the forefront, because it needs direct sunlight, followed by the kale, lettuce and choi. There is a bit of a gap between the choi and the next plant because we had some spacing issues. I’m going to drop some cucumber seeds in here since the seedlings we planted earlier did not survive the few days that followed the initial transplant mentioned in mY last post. After the gap that will house the future cucumbers are the onions, carrots, tomatoes, string beans and snow peas (Pic 3). Here’s a tip, carrots are prone to attacks from the carrot fly. They fly low to the ground and are attracted the the smell of the carrots. They then lay eggs on the tops of your carrots and burrow into them. And you can bet that’s not a carrot you want to eat. Now the easy fix to that is using frost floss covering over your carrots, Which lets light and air in but should shade them from the flies. Alternatively, you can try planting your onions next to the carrots which should help mask the sweet smell of the carrots. I’ll see how effective this is and report back here.
Some of you may have noticed that the eggplants were not listed. That’s because I found out that they require a ton of room and I’ll have to expand my garden to help them all fit (Yay!) I’ll be taking care of that next weekend or later in the week if I find time. The ground in the pictures look super patchy and that’s because I topped things up with a bit of top soil, it’s not pretty but it works! Until next time happy gardening!