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March 18, 2009

More Springtime Gardening

Here's those finished pictures that I promised you of the potato patch. The length of the fence line down the driveway is 15 feet and it's almost 11 feet wide.
I had to buy one of the sections of fencing because I didn't have quite enough from the salvage job I did but I don't think you can really tell.
Since I finished the fencing yesterday, and hope to plant the potatoes this weekend, I wanted to take today to really get the ground busted up. I double dug most of it tonight with my pitch fork and then quickly ran over it with our small cultivator.
I also added that 8 inch plank retaining "wall" to the side of it to keep the soil in the bed. It's some old barn wood that we've had laying around the garage for years and that needed to be used up. I do still need to re-bury that drain spout but....there's time for that later when the bigger fish have already been fried (if you get me.)
There's news on the indoor garden front as well. The Broccoli, kale, cabbage, kohlrabi and lettuce seeds that I sowed a while back are doing well. There is getting to be a bit of bend to them, but I think that's mostly because of how close the lamps are to them right now.
These should grow fairly quickly from this point and I'll get them in the garden in a couple of weeks.

And speaking of the garden...guess what needs to be harvested already? The late spinach from last year, that's what! I sowed this crop late in the season for a final harvest but it grew too slowly so I left it to over winter and now it looks done to me.
Some of the leaves will be a little freeze damaged but the chickens can have those. I'm just looking forward to a quick fry with some vinegar and maybe a bit of my last purple onion from last year.

Springs really shaping up nicely around here and gardens are being prepped all over. In fact, and I can't believe I almost forgot this...., I was asked by the Master Gardener program coordinator to teach a class this weekend in a nearby town. The class is for a church group and will focus on gardening from a preparedness perspective. They also booked me for another class in the middle of April at another cities city hall to talk about organic gardening and the options available. This is one of the main reasons I wanted to take this class. I enjoy talking about gardening and food production, and wanted to be able to help get others going in doing it them selves.

Wish me luck!
till next time.
Paul~



9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love seeing how your garden is going. Spinach-- I had NO IDEA you could overwinter spinach. I've got to try this (and the carrots, too). Did you use a cold frame, or just leave it there to face the winter? Details!

j.c. said...

I love the way your new front yard garden looks! As a matter of fact, all your gardens have great aesthetic appeal - something I've been struggling with as I plan my square foot gardens on my suburban lot. You've shown me it can be done!

Great work.

jimmycrackedcorn said...

The fence looks awesome. Nice scrounge!

Kory said...

fantastic work, I had some bent seedlings last year, but if you just rotate the flat 180 degrees they right themselves in a day or 2.

Chiot's Run said...

I love the potato garden! Cant' wait to see how well it does.

Anonymous said...

When will you be working on your greenhouse? I can't wait to see it:)

~Renee

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farm mom said...

Oh!! Congrats on the classes p!!! I'm so happy for you! :) And everything looks wonderful. I started 300 seeds last night. Very exciting! :)

ilex said...

Wow, you're really going gangbusters. Congrats on teaching the class, that's wonderful!

Matriarchy said...

Could you hook up your downspout in that corner to a rain barrel? Then you could use the rainwater for your tater patch (and anything else you need to water out front).