Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Garden

My big huge garden

Well, it’s officially that time of year. We have the garden started, and I’m not looking back. I have so much to share about our new HUGE garden.

When we moved to the farm last fall, I had dreams of this garden, but I wasn’t sure exactly how it would all pan out. We had two job changes, a surgery, unexpected expenses (on more than one occasion) which pushed a lot plans got pushed to the back burner.

We never found the funds to purchase a tractor and our home remodel hasn’t begun yet, but ya know what?? It’s all good. I do realize that we can’t do it all, and that’s perfectly fine. If anything these minor “setbacks” have forced me to plan and really think about my goals on this farm. I’m not really a planer per se, so this was really hard for me!

So, I found someone willing to plow and till the garden spot. He even let me drive and gave the kids rides around the field. The garden is plotted into 13 rows, of a width that I can till with a smaller piece of equipment next time. Justin has cried himself to sleep a few a times since the big shiny John Deere isn’t in our immediate future, but I think he’ll get over it……eventually.

Since this piece of land has been used for pasture, I knew we would have some hard work ahead of us. I’ve added all the compost and manure I can muster, but it still needs a lot of soil love.

As we made the rows, my shoulder got tired of throwing the rocks, so I just started lining the rows with them. I even conned the kids into helping me for 10 cents/rock. Luckily they tired quickly, because I would have been broke! Joslyn earned $3.50 and Jude earned 50 cents. We started pouring wood chips in the walk-ways but soon found out that I needed a LOT more wood chips. I figured it would eventually add nutrients to the soil, but keep our shoes a little less muddy in the meantime.

Here’s what I have planted so far:
Baby lettuce
Purple top turnips
Tomatoes (cherry, big boy, beefsteak, pink brandy wine, purple something, orange stripy, Roma’s)
Peppers (early bells, red/yellow/green bells, sweet cherry reds, petite bells, and jalapeƱos)
Herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro)
Edible flowers (violas and something else that’s cherry red)

I think that’s enough for one day!

I want to tell you all about our new flock of chickens, but that will have to wait for another time. I need to pray that my new watering system works with low water pressure, and that we get LOADS of rain this week.

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