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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Weedy Wednesday: The Garden Before & After plus Free Book!

It has been a strange spring, weather-wise, and getting the garden in has been trickier than usual. (It has either been way colder than usual or way hotter than usual, and we haven't had our usual spring rains until just last week.)

But as of last weekend, everything is finally in the ground and about 70% mulched (I have to buy more straw later this week before I can finish the rest). I'm a lazy gardener, really. I tend to do a lot of work in the beginning so I don't have to do much later.

Here's what it looked like a few weeks ago:

Garlic was about the only thing growing, since it gets planted in the fall.

A tiny patch of spinach that overwintered.

Yes, that says 90 degrees F. In early May.

The peas are one of the first things to sprout.
Here's what it looks like now:

The garlic!

Spinach patch with new planting of spinach & lettuce and a tomato.

The peas, mulched with straw to keep the soil moist and keep weeds down.

Another finished bed.
Who can tell me what I planted in the bed above? I'll give you a hint: there are two varieties of one kind of vegetable on either side of something different in the middle. The first person who guesses right gets a free signed book! (Or his or her choice, even.)


  1. I know the corn (I do live in IL, and my dad grew everything, even in Texas) but the middle... not sure. Beans, pumpkin, cucumber? LOL

  2. Shel...you're one the right track. Make a guess :-)

  3. Corn and em... squash maybe acorn

  4. I haven't got a clue but i'm going to guess Corn and Carrot?
    -Amber Barnes

  5. Corn on the sides and soybeans in the middle?

  6. I think anonymous is right and it's squash.

  7. Ooops, Stephen, not anonymous. I'm going back to bed now, LOL!

  8. Nope, not squash or soybeans :-) (They're in the beds to the right of that one.

  9. I'm going to take a guess and say corn and eggplant? Sofia

    1. In case we are allowed more than one guess...I'm also going to guess corn and cucumbers or parsley? Sofia

  10. Corn on the sides, and in the middle I am going to guess it is Sunflowers!

  11. Only one guess per person, Sofia :-) And nope, not eggplant (that's across the garden).

    And Jamie, nope, not sunflowers either, although ironically, I do have a few seeds planted around the edges, they just haven't come up yet.

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    1. Crystal, you've got it! The answer to "what's in the mystery bed" is corn to the right and left and cucumbers in the middle. Email me at magicmysticminerva at yahoo and tell me which book you want and where to send it!

  13. Why did you plant cukes between the corn?

  14. Good question, Danyelle! Some of it has to do with the limited space in my garden--I interplant things a lot to make enough room. Those two plants go well together because the corn seems to protect cucumbers from a wilt virus, and raccoons don't seem to like cukes, so it may help protect the corn. (I also have a fence, but it is hard to keep a really determined raccoon away from anything.)