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Transplanting is Transformational

The Micro Farm is a “buzz” with activity.

Pollinators are enjoying the black raspberry flowers

Pollinators are enjoying the black raspberry flowers

The strawberry patch is also producing lovely berries this year.  Such a nice crop mean I need to protect the ripe berries from animals nibbling.

The strawberries protected

The strawberries protected

I use a bird netting purchased at a local nursery.  It keeps most of the critters from eating the ripe fruit.

I spent a good deal of the week transplanting seedlings.  One evening while working on the Micro Farm.  I noticed small movements near my neighbor’s shed.  Sure enough two small rabbits.  I knew I needed to do something to protect my tender and young plants.  Fencing is what I needed, but I wanted to avoid the traditional woven metal fence.  A local home store had landscaping timbers on sale, decision made.

New "fencing"

New “fencing”

Hopefully this will keep the rabbits out.  We will have to wait and see.

I transplanted tomatoes, peppers, celery, cabbage, and cauliflower.

Cabbage transplants

Cabbage transplants

Cauliflower transplant

Cauliflower transplant

Tomato transplants

Tomato transplants

I also planted five pounds of seed potatoes, another 75 onion sets, beets, edamame,  popcorn, and carrots.

Growing greens has been a failure so far this season.  So I am tried putting some seed in six-packs to determine the quality of the seed.  The seed produced well.  I In another week I will put them into the ground.

Lettuce seedlings

Lettuce seedlings

As the rain falls tonight.  I am excited to see how the young plants spring to life over the next week.

Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.

Suprises After the Weeds

I had not been in the garden in a few days.  Today I spent several hours working.  After pulling weeds, which I had not done in a long time, I was very encouraged.

One of three weed piles I pulled this week.

One of three weed piles I pulled this week.

Today I heard a speaker say that life is not about how I feel but what I “will” to do.  Gardening for me is a challenge.  Many times I do not “will” to go out and weed or do other work in around the Micro-Farm. This summer has been a particular challenge for me to keep up with what I should be doing.  One of my goals is to improve my succession gardening skills.  Every year I seem to struggle to plant my second crops at the correct time or to take care of them properly.  This year I planted several crops and most, if not all, had failed.  Reflecting back this was really discouraging.

Willing myself out today.  I pulled many weeds, which felt good. Pulling the weeds also revealed many young plants.

A few young onions

A few young onions

Young kohlbrobi, I think

Young kohlrobi, I think

Cauliflower, I think

Cauliflower, I think

I wish I had done a better job at record keeping.  I guess I will have to wait and see what comes of them.

So far the most successful second crop has been the rutabagas.  They are an heirloom variety that was typically planted on or around July 4th.  So far it has been good advice.

My largest rutabaga.

My largest rutabaga.

The peppers continue to be really successful this year.

A red sweet pepper

A red sweet pepper

After several hours of “willing” work my feelings cheered up.  What challenges or discourages you in the garden?  What encourages you in the garden?

Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.