I had a lot of fun working the farm this week. The weather was sunny and warm. While working I would take a few seconds and look around at the rolling hills, the trees, and the farm. I enjoyed the beauty around me. When I looked at the beds full of soil, I would imagine them in full bloom and lush with plants. It looked great.
I needed my imagination less and less help as the week progressed. The peas popped up out of the soil on Thursday, a very welcomed sign. A few of the strawberries flowered. The raspberries are filling out with leaves and growing stronger. The chives are soon to flower, and the rhubarb keeps…”rhubarbing”.
With the rock supply going away in a week or two we have been trying to get as many rocks as possible and making sure we won’t need more. We collected about 30 to 40 buckets last week.
I was not planning on bordering all the gardens in rocks this year, but we took the opportunity. I think they look good, and when I can get out and weed-wack around them the entire area will look better. Plans can change so quickly when you garden. All but the berry patch and herb gardens are completely new this year. I am very excited about these changes and I look forward to what the summer will bring.
In the square garden you may have seen the two rows of straw. This week I was able to get my two walking paths put into the garden. I use a layer of newspaper underneath a layer straw.
The square garden has three beds that are approximately five feet wide. The walking paths are one foot wide. This configuration allows my to reach the middle of the bed fairly easily. To make the paths I started by running string outlining each walking path. Then I place newspaper down to block the weeds and grass from coming up. Then I used my watering can to get the newspaper wet. It was a breezy day so the wind would have blown the paper all over the neighborhood. Then I pitchforked the straw on the newspaper and removed the strings.
A recommendation if you are thinking of using this method in your garden. Make sure to buy straw instead of hay. A contractor friend of mine shared straw has the seed heads cut off and hay does not. My local garden center’s straw has some seeds but not to many.
Earlier this spring I learned were our actual property lines were, our entire neighborhood was surprised. I am slowly moving what was on the wrong side of the line. I moved the garlic first. I moved about 25 to 30 plants. They did show some signs of stress, wilted and yellowing leaves, but this week is supposed to be overcast or raining and warm. I am hoping this weather will help them adapt to their new home.
One of my goals over the past few years is to improve my skills as a succession gardener. My family really enjoyed the carrots I grew last year so I thought this would be a great place to improve my succession skills. I planted two rows on Friday and hope to keep adding two rows for the next few weeks. I grow Nantes Half Long, recommended by Victory Garden author James Underwood Crockett when growing in rocky soil. I have heard how hard it is to plant these tiny seeds, so when I saw Burpee’s carrot seed tape I bought some. Using the seed tape make carrot planting very easy.
Weather forecasts show rain for most of the week. I think getting outside work done difficult. I will see how much of the to do list I can get done.
Have a great week. Enjoy some fresh vegetables. Stay warm.