Out at ‘The Farm’
Things are coming along nicely out at ‘The Farm’. We got our plants in and our seeds planted just after Memorial Day, and spent the next several evenings making sure everything was well watered to ensure a good start. Before planting the beans, we constructed tee-pees of bamboo poles and twine for them to grow on, and set a sturdy tomato cage around each of our tomatoes. After a few days, we sprinkled on some 13/13/13 fertilizer for the plants, and decided to wait a bit to fertilize the seedlings, not wanting to disturb them unnecessarily.
Above, you can see the slightly raised beds I designed for our garden, keeping all foot traffic in the lower areas to keep the soil from getting compressed, making it easier to care for the plants, weed and hopefully harvest our crops.
We were out there last a couple of days ago and the seeds were all starting to emerge, the tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli and squash were all growing nicely, and we needed to weed! Boy do those weeds grow fast! Tons of little seedlings all over the place! Al made short work of them with a hoe, we watered again, and as the sun went down, we were on our way home. The weeds will be back I’m sure, but as long as we can keep them under control while the crops gain in size, we’ll be OK.
I got another nice selection of seeds from the Seeds of the Month Club this month, and I sure wish I had a place to fit in some of those beautiful Swiss Card plants! Look at the color on those! I can plan on fitting them in next summer though, the seeds will keep until then, along with the Roma Tomatoes, Cilantro, and Eggplant. By then, I should have a really nice collection of wonderful new things to try, Mike sends such a great assortment every month.