It's that time of the year again! We've had a nice NICE long stretch of awesome weather, enough for the ground to dry out, get some weeding done, play with the chickens (no eggs yet!), and start moving on some garden plans.
We do all our vegetable planting in the front yard, as it gets the best sun. We already have strawberries, blueberries, snow peas, a meyer lemon tree, and a variety of herbs that made it through our wet winter, but NOW,.. a little more to get the party started!
Before the close of the month, I'd like to get the following accomplished:
- My warm weather crop area weeded, amended and turned.
- Snow peas and sugar snap peas planted.
- Chard planted along the front wall.
- Thyme transplanted to the herb area of my garden, as well as sow some additional seeds to border my strawberries.
- Rhubarb,... where am I going to put the rhubarb?
- Tear out an old failing bush by the front door and replace it with a raised bed and raspberry canes (and a yet to be determined trellising system).
- Mix up a batch of worm compost tea (courtesy of our own worms!).
- Pot up some potatoes (Yukon Golds did the best for us last year).
- Start some basil seedlings.
Whoa,... that's kind of a lot considering I'm sick right now, Miss H's birthday is next week, the school benefit auction is this weekend, oh,... and I have a job.
Anyhoo, moving right along on to the warm weather crops:
(1) Seven heirloom tomato plants (and one lonely hybrid), already procured from Love Apple Farm last weekend, selected for flavor, color, and our coastal weather (except for the Caspian Pink, which is an experiment in growing a giant tomato seven blocks from the ocean):
- Black Prince (purple, round, medium)
- Green Zebra (striped yellow/green, round, small)
- Japanese Oxheart (pink, oxheart, medium)
- Jaune Flamme (yellow, round, small)
- Ludmilla Red Plum (red, oval, medium)
- Mandarin Cross (orange, round, medium)
- Sungold (orange, round, cherry)
- Caspian Pink (pink, round, large)
(2) A three sisters planting scheme of dakota black popcorn, butternut squash, and musica and emerite pole beans, where the beans climb the corn stalks, and the squash keeps the weeds down.
(3) Trombetta squash, a very cool, light green, climbing vine variety of summer squash.
(4) Sprinkle some beets and carrots randomly around.
Ahh,... so nice to have a plan!