I have had rough days of late. Struggling against this stubborn body of mine that doesn't want to cooperate with what I want to do. I will prevail though, one way or another........so, sick or not WE have got a good amount of work done in the garden here at home. During the clean up times I did try to help. Sometimes better than others. I'm good at giving directions too ;) A couple of days ago my hubby used the small cultivator to mix up the 3 beds that I was wanting to work in first. Less weeds in those areas anyway, hahaha. We had thrown out fertilizer in the first 2 so that was mixed up in there too. It may seem early for fall planting.......since the days are still getting in the low 90s......but I think this is going to work. I hope anyway. I have looked up the average temperature grids and read, and read and read. And considering that I usually plant EVERYthing too late. Well then, we are doing better this year. Yesterday evening we got a full bed of carrots planted. 3 rows of 10 ft. I know they come up slowly so I centered 2 rows of Radish between the Carrots so that we have some markers more quickly. And of course they will be out of there long before the carrots are near ready. I planted a mixed seed of large carrot that has many different colors, including purple. They sure are pretty. Our bunny loves to eat his carrot everyday! 1 row is a baby carrot variety that is supposed to be tender and sweet and ready a little sooner. The radishes are 2 varieties. A white and a red/white. The second bed that we put seed into was a little hard for me. Since I always seem to want to plant too much, in too small of an area...........I really had to try to control that. I planted a Cabbage seed variety that I had ordered from Gurneys Co. It is called MegaTon. They are supposed to get huge. So in the bed, that is 10ftx3ft I planted two rows. I spaced them out a LOT. I am sure they will be hanging out over the walkways eventually but at least I didn't overplant like I usually do.
The sweet potatoes are looking so good above ground! I really am so excited to see what there is when they are dug up. There are a few ideas for different ways to prepare them in my new Cooking Light magazine. I am looking forward to trying some out.
I am also looking forward to having some fresh Sugar Snap Peas! The areas that are to be planted need a tad more work though before that can happen. A little grass pieces have to come out, and some fertilizer go in. Fencing needs to go up. Also when that is done then the seed can be soaked. Not too soon though, in case the work gets delayed. I am thinking of maybe planting a little salad between the rows of peas so they will be spaced out more. That would make picking easier.
To keep the kitty cats out of my newly planted carrots and cabbage I have taken precautions. I laid some of the lightweight plastic fencing over each bed. It is weighted down with bricks to hold it. That would be too heavy for them to move. :)
This is a picture of the carrot bed, covered with the fencing.
Aug 18, 2012 | 9:25 AM PST
I got one question, young lady. Don't you ever get tired??? I can't do a fall garden. Once my spring garden is over...I'm so glad. Guess I'm lazy. Blessings. It looks and sounds like we might get some rain in a little bit.
Aug 18, 2012 | 9:59 AM PST
Oh boy! If you saw the state of my house you would know how tired! LOL! The great thing about a fall garden though is that once its in, it seems a lot less work to me. When the temps fall the grass and weeds slow down considerably. That helps overall with chores. And we usually get plenty of rain. With me not being able to work though having these veggies helps out so much. Penny pinching!
Aug 18, 2012 | 2:53 PM PST
It sounds to me like you should put your feet up for a while,dont wear yourself out!. I wouldnt call growing vegi's penny pinching,I think its using your noggin!.Stay safe and well!..
Aug 18, 2012 | 5:40 PM PST
Another time you may want to plant your radishes in the same row as your carrots. I've used this technique for years. I sow the carrot seeds first, then drop a radish seed every 10" or so. The radishes come up first and mark the carrots so that I can do the fine weeding right up close to the carrots. When I pull the radishes, the indentation left in the soil collects moisture and makes it easier for the carrots to poke their roots into the soil.
Aug 18, 2012 | 7:44 PM PST
I thought about doing it that way mudpies. I don't know why.......was thinking that I might accidently pull a carrot if one ended up too close to a radish. We have had a nice rain today. Great for resting and soaking those seeds in.