Ocean Beach Cape Mayhem Garden

I should explain our garden set up in Ocean Beach in San Diego.  We are fortunate to have a friend that lets us garden in his backyard which is one bock from the beach, and 3 blocks from Newport Avenue (our beach towns main drag) that has tons of restaurants and bars to visit.  Here is a picture of our Ocean Beach Cape Mayhem Garden.  It is a 15 x 8 plot where we used pavers to create a raised bed.  Over the past 3 years, Vince has let me garden back here.  Each year I garden, I start off by adding a ton of new top soil, (man)manure and other soil amendments because we are gardening on sand which is tough to garden on

Ocean Beach Cape Mayhem Garden

Each year, we grow 4 or 5 tomatoes, jalapenos, cucumbers, serrano peppers, strawberries, mint (for mojitos), and a few varieties of uber hot peppers ie Scotch Bonnets, 7 Pot Jonahs, Black Habeneros.  We have done some lettuces and spinach as well, but I do those on my deck at my apartment now.  (Ill be posting some of those pics in the next week or so)

The garden lies behind the dark green house near the camper in this next pic.  Be sure to notice the awesome beer pong skills of Mike and I.

Our friend Vince that owns the place rents his studio to Old Man Peter from Boston.  He is a true AgriDude and you will be seeing pictures in the future of him.  One day in Feb 2009 when Pete had just moved in, he, MSR and I decided to build a tiki bar and create a garden.  After a few drinks, we made it to Home Depot (with a sober driver) to get supplies. With a hundred dollars for the tiki bar and prob another 75 for the garden, we had everything we needed.  MSR and Pete are huge Boston fans and they themed the Tiki bar with Boston memorabilia.  Here are some photos:

Our Garden at the Tiki Bar

This year I planted the first weekend in April which is later than normal.  The previous two years I planted in Feb and then in March.  We are fortunate to have a great growing season in San Diego.  Here are close up pictures of some tomatoes and our cucumbers on a new type of trellising system this year.  We put a 1′ x 8′ ‘ladder’ style trellis horizontal from our pavers to the fence with the idea that they would grow up and along the ladder, but they grew fast and big and we had to support them with additional trellises to grow taller.

That’s a brief history of our garden in OB.  We will be posting some photos from years past.  I’ll also be posting some pictures of a worm bin project that I have to get some nutrient rich compost.

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