Skip to main content

My Little Deck Garden

A non-Eve post. It involves going outside but only as far as my deck which is still attached to the house.


I took up gardening last year. I decided to do so in July which was somewhat dumb. I had a very small harvest, a little bit of lettuce and a handful of tomatoes. Most of my plants just didn't have the time to grow. Some, like my onions, suffered from being planted late. My squash died to squash moths. However, I really enjoyed the journey and there was something amazing about growing my own food.

I've always wanted to garden. My mother had a garden when I was a child, as did my neighbors. Over the years, my mom would occasionally raise tomato on our porch but she was always at war with squirrels.  When I moved to my previous home I wanted to garden. however, I learned that living in the forest made raising food a very tough prospect. Now, back in suburbia, I decided that I'd buy some pots and some dirt and a few seedlings and see if I had any type of green thumb. Such was my project last year.

I really enjoyed it. Where I live there is not much in the way of a squirrel issue. My tomato were unmolested. I think however, it was my watermelon that truly made me decide that I needed to do it properly the next year. When my watermelons budded tiny watermelons the size of my thumb, I was in love. Who knew baby plants were so adorable?

A few years ago I saw a raised plant bed at Sams Club. It wasn't the right time to get it and as with anything amazing that you find it is no longer made. I spend the winter searching for something similar. I liked the raised plant bed. It helped keep fragile things away from my creatures who use the deck to go outside. My dogs are not destructive with plants but a moment of having to deal with someone down the street daring to exit their home and they could crush delicate things.

What I did find was the Palram Plant Inn. Its a raised garden with a cover. The cover excited me after my squash moth incident the previous year. While not large enough for everything I wanted to grow it would be a great base. I'd use pots for the tomato and more vine like plants such as the watermelon that want to spread out.

My husband ordered said plant inn for me back in Febuary. It's been sitting here waiting for me to open it for a few weeks. I waited until after Fanfest and for a nice weekend because I'd need to build it outside. When I came back from Fanfest I planted seedlings and I'm happy to say that I have an 85% sucess rate so far. The only things I am not seeing are the Jalapeno's and Onions. I'll give them another try if I don't get anything by the end of the week.


The seedlings are in the window sill where they get the sunlight all day but have the warmth of the house. I germinated my last set outside, however it was July and plenty warm. This time, when I got back from Iceland we had several days with below freezing nights. I was happy that the little starter plants worked out.

I'm growing onions, three types of lettuce, zucchini, cucumbers, yellow squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, peas, jalapenos, butternut squash, beefsteak tomatoes, and yellow cherry tomato! Hopefully!

Yesterday was wet and raining. This morning it spat but then the skys cleared into a beautiful, pale blue spring sky. It's been around 60 (14) and bright and sunny. A lovely change after rain, clouds, and cold winter days. I washed the dogs (to their horror) and went to build my little green house.



A little bit awkward at times. A few mistakes but nothing horrible. I dumped my pots into it. I did plastic pots last year and I'm switching to ceramic this year. In general, I'm super pleased with it. I hope to get seedlings moved in soon enough. The yellow squash will probably go first. They grow aggressively fast and.

I'm pleased with my project and wanted to share. I need to sweep the deck and stuff but that can be done later. The area under it is hollow so I can shove excess deck things there and make the deck look a bit neater then it did last year.

Comments

  1. I really like the style of raised bed you chose. I have used similar setups with good success in the past. I have always found growing and harvesting food for myself and my family to be a very rewarding experience. Gardening in a suburban environment definitely poses unique challenges and I wish you the best of luck on your adventures in the garden.

    ReplyDelete
  2. I have something similar but it's indoor with 400W fruit light. Also i'm not growing cucumbers :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Suburban gardeners unite! http://imgur.com/gallery/IH9baFX
    Florida weather means my tomatoes are a little further along, but yours should be there soon. Look into making yourself a "worm tower" if you can; best fertilizer ever.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Sugar’s Non-Technical Guide to Making Boosters

Welcome to my non-technical and outdated but probably still useful guide to boosters.  There have been changes to how things are built in Eve. This was the old POS code before the introduction of new structures in 2016.   This is just a walk through on my wobbling path of booster production.  It took me half a dozen different documents to figure out what I needed to do to make these mythical things.  It is what I do.  It may not be perfect but it works.

This is pirate focused industry.
This guide brought to you by Lain asking me to write it after I tried to explain it in chat.

Why make boosters? Because drugs are good.  Really they are performance enhancers and performance enhancers can give someone that extra edge in PvP.  It was also because my boys used them and when they ran low they often ran out, I could be their supplier.  They would no longer hoard their drugs due to the length of time it takes to get fresh product.. The thought of being a drug kingpin was also very appealing. …

Have you done your Eve Vegas Survey?

I did attend Eve Vegas to the shock of many. I'd already paid for it and allotted the time. It seemed that I should go.


I went to the Grand Canyon and Hoover as well. This is not the space to discuss those amazing places or my new Camera.

Eve Vegas was a bit harder for me to go to then I expected. I've detached from Eve for the most part these past months. It is very easy to be angry, frustrated, and bitter about the past that I lived on. The game, its development, and the players move on while I find myself emotionally stuck. That emotional stickiness does not need to be given to everyone else. Part of experiencing it was shielding people from it. But, as I accepted my items and stared down the poor gentleman that tried to put a wristband around my wrist, I realized that I wasn't in as good of a place as I had hoped to be.

That is where the Survey comes in. There are a few things that I could say and did say. A few of the questions made me want to say a bit more.

One was …

Your ideal roadmap

To try to be a bit more interesting then blogging yet another daily list of summit meetings, how about a question?

In the producer session, as we try to figure out how to fix and improve our communication with teams and how we figure out who should be gone to for features and changes, we discussed the road map.

We discussed what 'our' ideal roadmap would be. This breaks down into the individual roadmaps for each member of the CSM. After all, we are individiuals and we have different dreams for Eve. We have different goals and features that we want to move forward or go back to.

How close are we to what CCP is looking at and planning? We discussed their safety mesures to weigh the value of features. What will this feature do for Eve? It is not enough to have an ideal road map of things you want. Those things have to have value and that value needs to be enough to dedicate the time to the feature.

Do you have an ideal roadmap? A path for Eve to head in the next year or two once …