Sunday, May 15, 2011

Racing the rain to get stuff in the ground.

Well, being in the middle of an entire month of daily rain it's been pretty difficult to find time for planting. After getting behind and then losing most of our seedlings it's been tough to get back on track. Hopefully we learn some things for next year.

We did manage to get Two of the larger beds planted yesterday, one with onions and Shallots (red and yellow of each) and one with peas and bush beans. The shallots were a random clearance find at Lowes, and the onion bed is the bed that gets the most daytime shade in our garden, so we'll see how that goes. Considering we found a bunch of almost fully grown onions in our compost from last years cast-off bulbs I'm hoping the sunlight they do get is enough.

Today the plan is to get a full bed planted with beets and carrots, and then possibly put tomatoes in the ground. We'll see how the weather cooperates.

The bed on the end by the potting soil bags is the onion and shallot bed.

We bought that square rain barrel last year, and will be moving it around the corner to the area where the hay is. We will also raise it onto cinder blocks and direct the gutter into it. See all those fruit plants? We found them at Lowes for 2.25 each on clearance down from $9. We're not sure yet where we'll be putting them, but we have 5 blueberry bushes, several golden and red raspberries, several black berries, and 6 tubes with 25 strawberry plants in each.

The older boys were mostly helpful for their weed-pulling and rock-collecting skills. We turned up a lot of new earth this year. so there were many chunks of rock or broken brick that needed picked out.

This is the general layout of the right side of the front yard. The only bed left to dig is the one for melons down the side of the hill. As you can see there is still quite a bit of work to be done conditioning each bed.

One of the random onions we found scattered around the yard and compost from last year.

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