Wow. That was a lot of radio silence. It’s been busy around here since, oh, August or so. There have been peaches to pick and make into jam, apples to pick and make into sauce and apple butter (hopefully I’ll get a post out on those two so that I can record some lessons learned/ideas for next year’s batches), a hurricane followed by a tropical storm that turned our back yard into a swamp for the better part of August and into September. Oh. Right. And Panda and I got married back in September too, which kept us right busy up until we left for our honeymoon in Canada. After that, I don’t have much of an excuse for not doing my writing here other than the fact that I struggled to get back on the horse a little after I fell off. Continue reading
So, Panda’s in Africa again, which means it was a project weekend for Puppersmith and me. First off, we plowed the back forty (i.e. we double-dug the second – of two – garden beds. Its the back forty because it’s the one further from the house, though maybe it should be the back 33, since it’s only 33 square feet). We also got the lawn mowed, bought a bunch of asparagus, and canned a bunch of asparagus. Continue reading
Seriously. A lot of digging. All in an 11’x3′ area. Today, I double-dug the first of our vegetable garden beds (using the method prescribed by John Jeavons). There’s a lot of sweat involved in that. Our soil is super clay-y, so much so that I ended up breaking our spading fork about half-way through. The compost we added to the soil wasn’t quite finished, but I think it’ll help. And there were a LOT of worms crawling around down there who promise to help finish the job, even though I accidentally cut some of their friends in half.
In other news, we started more seeds this weekend. Indoors, we started tomatoes and basil, outdoors we started some spinach.
- Cherokee Purple x 10
- Matt’s Wild Cherry x3 (seriously, did you think we could pass that variety up when we saw it on the shelf at Maple Ave?)
- Anise-Scented x5
- Bloomsdale x 54 (two per hole, we’re hoping for 27 plants)
And that’s all, for now. I’ll take some pictures of the garden bed soon – maybe after things have (fingers crossed) started coming up.
In this first year of trying to grow some of our own food, it seems crazy to me that now, in early February (I started writing this back when we actually planted the seeds – February 13th -I’m only just now getting around to posting though because it took me this long to manage to get downstairs and take a picture of the growing table. Today, March 6, eggplant seeds are going into the dirt too.), Panda and I have already put some seeds in dirt that we hope to eat the fruits of this summer. But before I get into the details of all that, there are a few other things I want to brag about. Continue reading