Sunday, March 4, 2012

Garden READY

YEAH the garden is tilled and ready for a bountiful spring, summer and fall!

I am trying a new method this year instead of rows its called the double dig.  Basically its taking the soil  from your furrow and putting it on top of the beds.

I have dug out and made four pathways essentially making three long raised beds inside my plot.  Hopefully this will allow for a more bountiful crop (biointensive) by planting more seeds in a hexagon shape instead of just in rows.

This book has given me these new ideas that definitely go against my farming roots of row planting.

This is what a biointensive bed looks like versus rows.
I think this method will definitely increase my production and vegetable yields this year .

The potatoes have made their debut and I have tomatoes, onions, spinach, lettuce and strawberries up in my raised planter boxes.  (This is the best picture Gertie has ever taken) 

I cheated with a few of my tomato plants, four are from seed but the others are from the Bonnie display at the grocery store.  I made sure to buy pots that had more than one stalk growing in them making it more economical.

The Juliet grape tomato plants I bought had 4 plants in one pot and luckily they all transplanted well.

The varieties I grew from seed are San Marzano, Green Zebra, Black Krim and Roma.  For some reason Sam thinks we have way too many tomato plants.

I have been chomping at the bit to plant the rest of my garden but Sam keeps telling me there will be another freeze around Easter.

So I am patiently waiting and listening to the old wives tale: when the mesquite trees start putting on leaves you can start planting your garden.

I guess I had better wait a few more weeks!


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