Susannah and I went to MOPS yesterday morning, and when we got home we hit the ground running. We hurried through lunch and then headed out to the garden to get some much needed work done.
Last week we were finally able to borrow the tractor and big tiller, and Daniel tilled the rest of the garden. I forgot to ask him to add a new stripe or two to the (far) end, so he'll do that before we return the tiller.
Yesterday my #1 goal was to get my broccoli and cauliflower plants in the ground. I started them from seeds - my first year starting everything - and we'll see how they do! I didn't realize I had twice as many cauliflower plants as broccoli - 14 cauliflowers and 8 broccoli. This is also my first year for growing either of these so we'll see how it goes.
My #2 goal was to get some greens in the ground. From left to right:
(2) rows of head lettuce
(2) rows of Romaine lettuce
and then the 3 close together rows are beets, spinach and beets.
I assume the beets and spinach will do ok like that :) They don't require as much space as the lettuces, so after I planted the 2 rows of beets I decided the spinach would fit perfectly right down the middle.
It took me two weeks of working on it here and there, but I finally got all the pea fence up. We use fence panels which are MUCH easier to handle than box-wire. It is a hefty investment up front because they are not cheap, but they should last all of my gardening lifetime and beyond. This year I doubled the amount of peas and we were blessed with the opportunity to buy more t-posts and panels very inexpensively from a farmer who wasn't using them anymore.
(A top item on my Christmas list this year is going to be a post driver!! My arm muscles and wrist got way more of a workout than I ever wanted, pounding those posts in with a sledgehammer!)
After I finished all the planting I had a little daylight left and decided to start pulling the weeds from the first row of peas. There was about a foot-wide strip on one side that hadn't been worked at all this year and I managed to get all the weeds pulled from that before it was time to quit. It looks so much better now!
I have pepper plants eager to get into the dirt, tomatoes are waiting for consistently warm temperatures, and I started some eggplant last week. I need to get squash and zucchini started, and I need to get beans planted very soon, too.
This is the biggest garden I've done in a while - I hope I can keep up with it and help it produce all that I want to get from it. Of course only God can make it grow and bear!
I am linking to Phoebe's Frugal Gardening 101 Series - 3 moms sharing their frugal gardening experience! Check it out!