Hey Ya’ll!! Sorry it has been a while since we last spoke, but we have been insanely busy the last few weeks, and it has been hard to find the time to write. So here goes, a series of updates on all that has happened in the last few weeks!
First, everything has been planted! This is huge and has been the bulk of our work over the past three weeks. We had two large areas plowed and tilled, then I spent days on my hands and knees picking out the last remaining clumps of grass and hundreds of pounds of rocks. This was a major pain to do, but will make life so much easier down the road, mainly because there will be less weeding to do.
My dad and I then spent an afternoon with a tape measure and a spool of string and we measured out all the beds in the two fields. We had already made a plan over the winter, so once the beds were laid out, I was able to start planing.
First we put in all of our brassica seed starts; cabbages, kales, collards, chards, etc. Then we seeded carrots, beets, turnips, lots more radishes and lettuces. We also got our pepper plants and our tomato plats in the ground. For those, we decided to lay out black plastic sheeting over the beds and plant through the plastic. This creates a weed barrier, and it also works to heat up the soil, giving the peppers and the tomatoes a head start. We did the same with the beds in which we seeded melons, squashes (both summer and winter) and our cucumbers. All of these have since germinated and it’s great to see these bay plants doing so well already!
Beans, corn, potatoes, and sweet potatoes have all been planted as well and are doing great. This is my first year planting corn, and I am really excited about that. We planted both sweet corn to eat fresh, and popping corn to dry, I hope it works out for us.
And all of this doesn't even mention all the flowers we have planted!! At least 400 row feet of zinnias and sunflowers. About 150 dahlia tubers. Calendula, marigolds, nasturtium, love in a mist, Bells of Ireland, rudbeckia, forget me nots, celosia, cosmos, yarrow, foxglove, bee balm, and many many more. This place is going to pop with color this summer!
We also planted lots of medicinal herbs such as Valerian root, stinging nettle, horseradish, and chamomile, to name a few…..gosh, it’s making me sore and tired just thinking about it all! It does feel really good to have this all in the ground and growing, now it’s just a matter of maintaining it all and harvesting…..