Garden mulched for the year – 2009

Well now that the garden is officially done for the year, about two or three weekends ago I cleared out any of the leftovers in the garden, which was a sage plant, a row of green onions and a row of chives. I did a little bit of hand weeding and picked what was left of the herbs, and then I used my propane torch to burn out everything else. After everything was burned out and cooled down, I laid down a layer of grass clippings and shredded leaves. So next spring instead of raking up all the mulch on the ground, I’ll just till it into the soil and hopefully I’ll have less weeds to start the season, since the ground will be covered in mulch to begin with. But we’ll see, come spring 2010. Continue reading

End of growing season – Killing Frost – 10-10-09

I thought that I would be able to get a couple more weeks out of the growing season, but Mother Nature had a different idea. I knew that it was going to be cold on Friday night (it was right around 37F.) But whatever didn’t get clipped by the weather on Friday night, got a second round on Saturday night (right around 29F.) So most of Saturday afternoon was spent picking everything that was left in the garden, ripe/un-ripe it didn’t matter. What I ended up was a whole box of vegetables, with half of it being green tomatoes. My hand was forced due to the weather, but it least I’ll be able to final try out some fried green tomatoes this week.

Garden – White Potato Harvest – 10-03-2009

Talk about a weak potato harvest, I barely have enough potatoes to make a single batch of mashed potatoes for dinner. But it seems like I’m not the only one that had a weak crop this year. I’ve talked to a couple of people and this doesn’t seem to be an isolated occurrence. From the people that I’ve talked with, they also had low yields (about 3 potatoes per plant and small potatoes at that.) I guess better luck next year!

Starting another batch of seedlings – update

It has been about 4 days and we have lots of good activity, both above and below ground. Most of the flats that i moved outside had roots coming out of the bottom of the individual cells, which i have not had happen before. So that is a positive looking sign for me about plant health. If this keeps going as I think that it will. I’ll be 100% sold on using SoilMoist for all my plantings, as well as blending my own soil from scratch. Double bonus baby. Continue reading

Starting another batch of seedlings

As you may know. I’ve been having a lot of problems starting all my plants from seeds this year. But I haven’t given up entirely, because I’m not a quitter. So it’s back to the drawing board, for a new plan.

For this new batch of seedlings, I’m basically going to try and do the opposite of what I was doing before. So with that here goes Round 4, or at least the forth go around that I can remember. Continue reading