Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Garden(s) Growing

We have 4 beds planted at our old place south of town. They have taken off in the last week or so—we now have more lettuce than we can eat, kale, collards, and radishes. Our onions, broccoli, peas, beets, kohlrabi, etc are all looking beautiful. We've also got potatoes and horseradish and Tristan planted a whole bed of wheat as an experiment to see how much yield we would get.

We broke ground on a new garden on our second day at our new apartment in town. It's considerably smaller, and has mostly hot crops so far (tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, squash, cukes, pumpkin, watermelon, sunflowers, corn, beans, amaranth). We also transplanted some cool crops of in the brassilus family. We actually had to buy a pick ax to break up the hard pack ground in the backyard. We bought some inexpensive soil builder from the nursery less than half a mile from here an incorporated it. I was surprised to find that under the first layer of very dense earth was healthy soil chock full of worms! I think we will have great success with the garden, provided that our transplants survive the shock of the move. Our swiss chard is not looking happy...

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