I absolutely love the garden. I think I have always loved gardens.
I would love to turn our whole yard into one big giant, garden jungle with lots of herbs, fruits and veggies if there wasn’t such a thing as weeds. I don’t have time for that though. I’ll focus on my little patch and see if we can make it produce more food than weeds.
I stopped by another Amish family’s house after I saw their big “Plants This Way” sign. I bought 18 more larger tomato plants for $5. What a deal especially since my starter tomatoes didn’t last very long…the chickens got to them first. The tomato plants in the garden are outnumbering everything else so far, but I hear it takes a lot of tomatoes to make sauce out of them.
The boys expanded the garden fence area and put chicken netting around it for now. One day I will have a real fence around it. It still isn’t a big enough plot for our size family, but it will have to do for now.
This year we thought we were a little more preemptive on our weed control. I have used thick layers of straw around the lettuce, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage. We also are trying our hand at the black row plastic cover and seeing if it will make a difference this year. However, after reading about weed control do’s and dont’s, I already blew it on some of the “don’t ever” rules of weed control. And after days and days of rain—you can’t really tell I even tried to be preemptive on the weed control.
We planted some onions that I had bought at the store. I didn’t buy them to plant, I bought them to eat but they started to sprout so we planted them to see what would happen.
Here is a lettuce musclun (mixture) that I planted from a seed packet a friend gave me. We planted the lettuce seeds by sprinkling the seeds on the ground and then sprinkling some soil on top.
A few brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli plants.
Here are about 10 tomato plants we are experimenting with. We laid down a row of black row covering plastic to hopefully help with weed control and then punched holes in the plastic to plant the tomatoes. So far, these are the biggest tomato plants and they are already flowering? These tomato cages are made out of left over field fencing. In the winter time, they are easily stored in the barn loft.
My biggest gardening problem this year is my lack of good soil. We grow good rocks! I need about 3 feet of good, fluffy dirt. I guess I should focus on building a massive compost pile!