Sunday, March 20, 2016

Garden Time

I am so excited for gardening season this year. We have had a very mild and warm winter, therefore we have been able to get an early jump on our garden. It is usually raining too much to get started until about May. So we have taken advantage. Hubby rototilled two weeks ago and I went to the hardware store to get some of the cold crops that can be started this time of year here.

We planted peas with plastic chicken wire as a trellis for the peas to grow up. I used to do bush peas, but that was WAY too much bending. So last year we devised this plan, and it works wonderful to hold up the peas. After they are done we cut the zip ties holding it on and drag it out to the field for the goats to clean it up. Then we roll it up for the next use. Goats make great recyclers.

We also planted cabbage, garlic, green onions, and walla walla onions. We also planted two different kinds of lettuce.

I even got on the stick and dug up a couple starts of rhubarb from my mom. I see lots of strawberry rhubarb crisp in our future!

So we are trying something new this year with our potatoes. We had these huge plastic bins leftover from some fruit trees we planted. We hadn't gotten rid of them, but did not use them either. As we are trying to plant as much as we can this year in the existing plot, we need to be creative in our planting. So we are trying our potatoes inside these that sit next to the garden plot. That way as the plants start to grow we can add dirt to them with ease. I am so excited. Potatoes are our favorite thing to plant because it is a treasure hunt digging them up. We planted red, russet, and Yukon gold. Can't wait!

I will let you know how they work in these bins. Happy gardening! Now I have to go screen rocks.

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