Monday, March 14, 2016

Gardening Abounds

The weather continues to be favorable to working in the garden.  All last week garden beds have been prepared for planting at Terra Nova Gardens which won't begin for another couple months but it gives the weeds a chance to grow and be eradicated at least three times.  First there's the early broad leaf weeds, then comes the grassy weeds, and finally the bind weed vines.  Once all those have been taken eliminated, the weeds are just a pull here and and tug there for the rest of the year.  When the mowing starts, which seems to be in March this year, that will be used for mulching the beds which will allow the rich nitrogen to sink into the soil before planting.  It's good for the plants and helps keep the weeds down.  Everything is shaping up for a good gardening year.  

The four tomato towers are set in place with room for three more.  This is a test year to see just how they will work and perhaps next year I'll build more with some tweaking of course.  The bed on the right is freshly dug and will be where the green beans will be planted this year.  The bed on the left will be green peppers and the one way in the back by the fence will be cucumbers.



This is one of the beds for the sweet corn fortress.  There's a total of three beds.    They have all been lined with rocks and carpet cut to expose the soil beneath.  The corner posts have been set and as soon as the path mulching is complete, the inside fence building will begin.
 
After one week of early morning gardening, the garden is starting to shape up.  The bed on the right is the strawberry bed that was devastated last year by the deer.  All but just a hand full of plants were killed by eating the berries and the plants right down to the ground.  I replanted this year with Ever bearing plants.  Half of the sweet corn fortress has been mulched and one more load of mulch will cover the rest.  It's been a good week but daylight savings time and Bradley back to school from Spring break will be killing my early morning gardening at Terra Nova Gardens.  

It's really time to start on my backyard raised beds anyway.  Those four will produce the kitchen table fresh tomatoes, radishes, onions, lettuce, cucumbers, and other salad things.  The rain water catch system has to be set up as well before the April rains begin.  So there's plenty of work to do without being at Terra Nova Gardens.

It's time to get outside and do something.  More about gardening in the next post.  Have a great Spring.