Garden Planting: First Seeds!

| 4/8/2010 3:28:00 PM

Tags: Garden, Peas, Spinach,

A photo of the Sell family December 2009This year our garden plans have really become ambitious. Like, REALLY ambitious. We are taking up the entire acre available to us and planning (Lord willing) to market a bunch of it.

Last week, in March, we planted our first row of crops. This is amazing for our climate, and our soil. Earlier, Rita and the kids came out and helped mark out six wide bed rows. We chose 3-foot wide beds in order to take advantage of growing space and utilize companion planting more thoroughly than last year. We look forward to the results of our efforts.

Yesterday we planted peas, radishes, beets, lettuce, mesclun, spinach, and cilantro. The children were a big help, with Isaac, Isaiah, and Gerret offering their planting and stick marking talents for the better part of two hours.

Below is a photo journey of yesterday’s endeavor. Here they are planting Wando and Golden Pod peas along the pea fence. (We learned shortly thereafter that the fence should have been more in the middle as reaching across three feet for the rest of the crops will prove taxing.)

Planting Wando and Golden Pod peas along the pea fence

Row marker is about 40 feet long.

Nebraska Dave
4/12/2010 10:27:33 PM

Becky and Andy, you folks have extremely impressed me. I have double dug a raised bed and know what an incredible about of time and energy it takes to do such a thing. My experience was with only one 8X10 bed. What undertakings it is to hand dig a half acre of raised beds. I do agree it’s the best way to grow crops but it is ever so much more labor intensive. My three beds will keep me busy enough this year. I have been experimenting with the drip irrigation with timers as well. I am out of town for a week at a time and it’s really the only way I can even attempt to have a garden. When gardening is involved there are always improvements going on with thoughts about how things can be easier and better next year. I doubt that I will ever get to your level of growing but my 50 X 100 Urban City homestead seems to keep me quite busy with property improvements. My straw bale will don my potato plants as they grow up out of the raised bed. Eventually the bed will have six or eight inches of straw covering the plants so that the little spuds will not see the light of day as they turn green and toxic if that happens. Nothing worse than green toxic spuds. I know what you mean about the weed seeds in the straw. I tried free stock yards poo and ended up with a wonderful crop of volunteer tomatoes. I don’t know how tomatoes got through the cow.

4/12/2010 2:57:27 PM

Helped a friend plant some peas with a fence last weekend and thought of you guys! Can't wait to see the garden all green! ~Jenn

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