Revived! Now under new management (me), I've been calling it the "Electrical Agricultural Project".
Last year I started growing some Cinnamon Basil in a small pot by the window. Since it sprouted and lasted until winter, I decided to plant again this year, along with catnip, parsley and bell peppers.
Also taking another stab at the lot out back. The plan is to keep it mainly a spice garden for the time being. If things turn out well, there's room to expand next year.
First off, I yanked out the huge, tree-like weeds, and most of the medium-sized ones. Here's what was left:
Pulled the rest of the weeds, pulled out the last few years' worth of broken glass, telephone wire, nails, broken glass, rocks, metal chunks, cigarette butts, broken glass, a guitar pick, and some chunks of coax cable.
Took one of those 3-pronged thingies (treble fork? I can never remember what they're called), turned up a few inches of soil, and picked out more rocks, concrete, broken glass weeds and a busted crackpipe. Then I hand-sifted the soil and yanked out more rocks and broken glass. The soil is not pure by any means, but it's in much better shape than it's been in a few years.
Here's a nice view of some stuff I picked out of there:
Planted seeds for the following: jalapenos, cinnamon basil, parsley, spearmint, and the left over bell pepper seeds from earlier. Everything is planted in rows. Will probably formulate a plan to keep squirrels, rabbits, etc. out of the garden eventually (I've been reading previous suggestions). For now, I just want everything to sprout.
Finally, not having a green thumb in the slightest, I called my dad for planting advice. He suggested peat moss. What I didn't catch, apparently, was that he suggested mixing the peat moss with topsoil. Instead, I sprinkled it on top of the existing soil. Apparently, my way was better than no peat moss at all, so we'll roll with it. You can see the patch in the middle where I planted everything:
There's still room for more stuff to plant/transplant later. I didn't want to get too crazy with it until I know something will grow there.
To get this thing up-to-date, here's today:
Nothing too exciting. A few weeds and cigarette butts have sprouted. But then again, the potted plants I have just sprouted a little yesterday (I'll add pics later), so I'm just going to play the waiting game for a while.
PS - I have no idea why these pictures are sideways and upside down. I've used 3 different editors and they still show up wrong. Oh well.