A month ago — September 20th to be exact — I wrote about our little experiment building some raised vegetable beds at the kids’ school. (See How to build a raised vegetable garden for less than $150) Here’s what we looked like a month ago:
I promised updates from time to time, so here we are one month later (today):
Bam! Now, I only wish I’d built a hell-of-a-lot more vegetable beds. Specifically, the tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash are growing like weeds. The carrots are so-so, and the cabbage we planted was a bust. No actual vegetables yet, but I have to say, I’m surprised to see this much growth after only a month.
Incidentally, the second bed you see at the corner of the photo directly above hasn’t done nearly as well. I filled that one with completely different soil, filled with what an old campesino told me were rice husks. For whatever reason (too much organic material maybe?) the plants haven’t taken off nearly as well.
In any case, they say that you can throw seeds on the ground here in Panama and by the time you turn around you’ll be staring up at a tree… Not too far off the mark by looking at this.