We have a main garden, that we plant tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, some onions, lettuce, okra, beans, cucumbers, and radishes.
As soon as our snow vanishes and the ground warms up enough to get a tiller through it, we start the think about planting crops. Although it is not snowing any more, the nights are a little chilly, and the plants need to be protected slightly against frost.
We try to avoid the chilly air by putting five gallon pails around the plants. This year we also put topsoil and peat moss on the garden so we had forty bags to tuck into each bucket for additional protection.
The actual buckets are altered so that there is no bottom. My hubby took some sort of a saw and sliced the bottoms off, so the round sides neatly fit around the plant and is pressed into the soil. Back in the day, people used to save metal coffee cans and paper milk cartons to place around their plants.
In the Stores
The plants are transported in the back seat of the truck. My hubby is preparing the garden by using the forks on his bobcat. He stabs them in and pokes the ground up. This loosens up the ground, then he takes a tiller and breaks up the ground that he worked up.
This year, it seemed like the ground was especially cement like, so we purchased a load of topsoil and sphagnum peat moss and added it to the existing dirt.
This year we are trying something new. We are enclosing certain crops for permanence. For example, we have landscape timbers around the onions. We planted some winter onions that are supposed to drop tops and spread. To encourage this, we put timbers down, and covered them and filled in the center.
From here on, the onion bed will just have onions in it. It will not get tilled, just weeded. We put timbers around the horseradish and added dill around. This will also be a permanent non-tilled spot. The strawberry bed got timbers as well.
We will see how all of this goes.
We added a long, skinny area to the front of our deck as well. Last year, I planted dahlias in it, but so far it seems the only thing growing in it is the bird seed that falls down there from the birds being little piggies.
An Herb Box
The cucumbers were planted in straight rows. We placed a string line across the garden and placed four seeds in a spot and spaced twelve inches and placed another four seeds, all the way across the row. We put in three rows of cucumbers.
We had opened all the packages, straight eight, and placed them in a small pan for easy grabbing.
Timing is Everything
We got the last of the cucumbers in and the rains began. We still have to put in the beans and okra, but, that will have to wait until the ground has dried a bit.
So far, we have at least two inches of rain in the rain gage.
My Hubby Tilled
A motor, tiller blades, the tiller pulls itself forward. He just steers.