My garden isn't small but I didn't have any room to plant corn. Our neighbor Jeff was kind enough to come by with his tractor and rototiller and make the above long strip of garden for me. It is between the pasture fence and the road. We had to put the fence far off the road to make room for snow in the winter but can still use the space all summer.
I planted 5 different kinds of corn the first day. I still had some room so in went 2 packets of sunflowers, hopefully to use in granola bars this fall. Well, there was still a ton of room left so I just kept planting. All the peas and beans went in. Then watermelon, zucchini, and squash. There is still room so I added eggplant seeds and may stick in some eggplant seedlings to fill it up. I'm trying to plant less valuable crops there since I wouldn't put it past some idiot to drive through it or pick from it. The tomatoes and other crops will stay in the main garden. Plus, now there is room in the main garden for pumpkins!!
Here's the complete running list, new additions in bold, the rest are updated.
Seedlings still under light (they really need to get outside but the weather is poor): Amish Paste Tomatoes Green Zebra Tomatoes Waltham 29 Broccoli Ping Tung Eggplant Long Purple Eggplant
In the main garden: Red pioneer potatoes- 10# - growing well, need straw Red onions - 8-10" tall Dwarf Grey Sugar Peas (hybrid) - 1 20' row - 8" tall Asparagus - mostly gone to seed, some still coming up Black seeded simpson lettuce - 1 20' row - up Black seeded simpson lettuce - 1 20' row planted 4/27 - up Sugar Ann snap pea - 1 20' row planted 4/27 - 4" tall Victoria Rhubarb - approx. 25 seeds planted 4/27 - didn't come up, disappeared! Amish Paste Tomato seedlings - 10 planted out 5/25 - 2 died, others holding on
Around the farm: Heritage Raspberry - 4 canes planted 4/26 - doing great Strawberries - a few blossoms, only half dozen plants survived winter without mulch Gooseberry and Currants - 2 of each - planted last year - huge w/ small berries forming! 2 Red Haven Peach trees - planted - all fruit trees are healthy and green 1 Harrow pear tree - planted last year - only tree with blossoms 1 Bartlett pear tree - planted 1 Montmorency Cherry tree - planted 1 Gala apple tree - planted 1 Golden Delicious apple tree - planted 4 blueberry bushes - planted last year - greening up Mature apple trees - small apples forming!
Here's a pic I snapped from where I sat planting the endless patch.
Also, this is the broken hoe that I've repurposed to help me plant. It makes a great little tool to cut rows in the soil. Then I just drop the seeds in and pat over them with my hand.
I've enjoy reading many of your garden updates and how everyone's plant are flourishing. What's your favorite garden tool? How do you plant your seeds?
What started as a blog about the happenings here on our Centennial Farm has now evolved in to a little more personal account of things from my point of view as a new farm(er's) wife. Stick around for awhile and hopefully you'll learn a little about everything from industrial and sustainable farming to raising livestock to being green and maybe even catch a good recipe or two. Enjoy!
We're on our way out of debt and on to greener pastures...