Planting Transplants

It’s after Mothers Day which means we can plant everything….finally!

It takes longer than you’d think. We dig each hole within the fabric by hand, measuring as we go with the measuring marks on the trowel itself. We amend the soil if needed by sprinkling a little in the bottom of the hole, mixing it in the surrounding soil and then putting the transplant on top, carefully filling in any gaps with extra soil and thoroughly watering it in. Since we use no chemicals,compost is really the only source of nutrients. Tomatoes and peppers need additional calcium so we add dolomite lime.

This process will take a couple weekends to complete, but once it’s done we can sit back and watch everything grow. Besides weeding, every now and then we test for dryness and give extra water where needed. We also start monitoring pests right away. Good to catch early to fix it before it gets out of control.

We are really excited to have everything in ground now and are looking forward to seeing how productive a second year under the fabric will be. Stay Tuned!

Transplants In the Ground

Cabbage Transplants

The weather is finally cooperating! I finally got some transplants in the ground including cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Seeds planted include peas, 4 different types of heirloom beans, 3 types of onion (bunch, red and Walla Walla sweets), spinach, collards, radishes and carrots.

Seeds still to plant……beets, lettuce, cucumber, corn, okra, summer squash, watermelon, cantaloupe and pumpkins. Transplants that still need to be planted….celery, tomatoes and peppers.

I also have herb transplants that are taking a long time to grow including parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme (the Garfunkel), basil and oregano (the Italian), and lemon grass.rosemary, lavender, lemon balm, and fennel (the aromatics).

And where would we be without flowers? There are already so many on the property, including lilly of the valley, iris, daylillies, hostas, shasta daisies, peonies, catmint, phlox, roses, wallflower, vinca, passion flower, dianthis and penstemon. Amazingly they haven’t been eaten by the deer or rabbits yet. I’m planting more native flowers as a xeriscape food source for the bees we¬†will be bringing home next week. That includes sunflowers, blanket flower, pineapple sage and not so xeriscape, but great for eating…nasturtiums.

Wow! Reading all that I realize there is still a lot of work to do!

Let the Vegetable Garden Begin!

Garden rows

Snow is almost gone, transplants are getting big, so it’s time to prepare the bed! It’s been a long winter so I will probably be sore tomorrow. I completed about 1/2 of the rows by double digging and forming by hand the wider, deeper rows than last year. This should reduce the erosion we had last year. I also spend time with a yard stick and string to actually make them straight this year! An irritation for my better half who tried to lay the drip irrigation.

Hopefully I can get the other 1/2 done tomorrow because we are running out of growing time!