Friday, June 18, 2010
Down to earth - for real
Yep. It's that time of year. The garden is screaming for attention. And I have been down to earth and wallowing for real.
In early spring I hired a young neighbour to dig up some sod for me to enlarge two of the vegetable gardens.
After he extended the East garden by the several foot wide strip you can see here (the long strip at the right side that is not yet covered with straw) he moved on to enlarge another garden on the South side.
But I caught a break when I discovered that the old sod from a couple of seasons ago was now nice new crumbly composted soil. So that was a bonus as I did not need to purchase any.
I ended up shovelling thirty wheelbarrows full and distributing it between the newly enlarged gardens. Once that was mixed with dozens of bags of peat moss, black earth and manure I felt it was ready. And just in the nick of time - as it was now the beginning of June. It had been dry and very hot. But as soon as I got all the veggies in the rains came like a wonderful gift from the heavens. They have continued for several weeks on and off.
I did an experiment in January with Winter Sowing of a number of seeds. I cant sow seeds inside my house as I have not enough room or the proper light. So I chose wintersowing. Out of 40 different types about 15 came up. Of those about 12 survived till I got them planted. Originally I had them against the west fence where they would not be blown over and would get plenty of sun. But when spring arrived I didnt want to impede the growth of the other plants that they were sitting on top of so I moved them to a little greenhouse which I placed on the back porch. Up came a big wind and down went the greenhouse spewing the seeds all over the sidewalk. I scooped them up as best I could and miraculously most survived. I see that they should have been transplanted to a larger container and fertilized as they are very tiny. Next year I will try again.