The rain has staved off for a few days and is supposed to come back sometime this weekend. While the weather was holding today, I planted:
Potatoes — Dug a trench about 8-10 deep, mounding the dirt on either side of the row. The potato seed is cut up into 1-2 inch pieces, each piece having 2 or more “eyes” on it. I plant those chunks then an additional 4 inches deep in that trench. The plan is to mound the dirt up around the plants as they grow. This is also known as “hilling”. So, when the plants grow 6-8 inches I will mound that dirt I left out on the sides into that trench so they are covered about half way. This will encourage more potatoe growth. I sprinkled a time release fertilizer in the dirt too and scratched it in.
Carrots– Next to the potatoes I sprinkled some carrot seeds. My neighbor told me that they take forever to germinate (upto 3 weeks) – so I will not be discouraged. I will keep an eye out and be sure to thin them properly so that they will not become mangled upon each other; I want straight carrots.
Snap Peas — You see those stakes (t-posts) in my pictures? Well that is where I planted my snap peas. I hung some chicken wire on one side of the posts and fencing wire on the other half; I used what I have laying around. I am not sure how tall they will grow; but I wanted to provide some support. I planted 2 rows on either side of these staked areas.
Lettuce, Arugula, Spinach — I had already started some of these indoors, so I just decided to plant the sprouts in the garden and just see how they fared. I was going to also direct seed these, but then thought I would wait a couple of weeks so that I would have a steady stream of them to harvest. I moved these items from where I was originally going to plant them. I planted them in an area that does not have as much sun in the summer time so they won’t bolt and go to seed quickly. Trying something new.
Asparagus/Strawberries — Hopefully you can see the strawberries and the 2 asparagus rows that I have (they are bordered with that grass so I can keep an eye on them). Asparagus takes some time to grow before you can really harvest them (a couple of years). I had to add some more asparagus – we’ll see how it goes.