Began working on this yesterday. Started a spreadsheet with
- Germination temps
- Days to harvest
- Persephone days (those days in winter with fewer than 10 hours daylight when plants stop growing)
- Seed cost
- Amount of seed
- And notes
Right now, Squares #4 and #5 are slated for Fall/Winter/Spring crops. That is 22 forty five foot rows.
Here is what I am thinking….
- 2 rows broccoli (44 plants)
- 1 row Brussels Sprouts (22 plants)
- 2 rows cabbages (44 plants)
- 2 rows Napa cabbages (44 plants)
- 2 rows beets
- 2 rows carrots
- 2 row head lettuces
- 1 row turnips
- 1 row bok choi
- 1 row mustard mix
- 1 row kales
- 1 row snow peas
That’s a lot more on the list and I need to do succession sowing, not everything at once. So it is a bit more complicated than just how many rows. I want a steady supply through winter.
For now, I need to go through my seeds, vac seal those I am no longer using, and figure out what I need to order. Then immediately after seeds arrive, we need to start sowing cabbages, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli.
The greenhouse needs to be cleaned up and seed starting equipment cleaned.
And I plan on trying some interesting varieties from Wild Garden Seed, West Coast Seed, and some other seed suppliers in addition to my standard sources, Johnny’s and Southern Exposure.
Mercy and Savannah spent a few evenings this week scuffle hoe weeding much of the garden. The weeded…..
Square #3 – sweet potatoes
Square #4 – the melon patch ( 1/2 the square)
Square #5 – the Silver Queen Corn & winter squash patch
Square #8 – the okra and bush bean rows.
I managed to finish weeding the Hickory King Corn and Mammoth Sunflowers in Square #6 this morning. I also weeded the Zinnias and the last unplanted row in Square #7.
So now left to do:
Harvest the garlic! This may be a total loss due to late planting and terrible weeds. Done 7/9-7/10
- Weed the Summer Square.
Tie up tomatoes again! Did this 6/30
Set up cucumber and pole bean supports. Done 7/1
Weed Bodacious Sweet Corn. Done 7/2-7/3 along with reweed of sweet potatoes, winter squash, and melons.
Weed the Basil Row. Done 7/2
- Dig Red Pontiac Potatoes
- Till square #8 and plant a cover crop.
- Till square #1 and plant a cover crop
- Plant 3rd sowing of squash/beans/cucumbers
It started raining again yesterday afternoon.
And one last shot at dusk.
Here are a few more shots. First, the scuffle hoers. This is the Silver Queen sweet corn, second sowing. Winter squash hills are in front.
The melon patch. Some of these had to be resown and are a bit behind.
Mammoth sunflowers and Hickory King Dent corn. Corn was replanted to fill in from poor seeding. Weedy Spring square in background.
Dying summer squashes….
Second sowing of cucumbers, summer squashes, and beans. They need supports desperately.
Last but not least, okra and bush beans, just weeded.
A view from the garden.
Photos never do it justice, do they?
Still plenty of work to do. But to keep record a few photos.
From the northwest corner.
Here is the cowpea cover crop where the Yukon Gold potatoes were. The basil hedge is to the left.
Close up of cow pea sprouting.
Weedy Red Pontiac potatoes nearly ready to harvest.
Velvet Queen Sunflowers about to bloom.
Our lovely sweet potato patch…
Georgia Jet leaves…
Red Japanese leaves….
Bodacious sweet corn, first sowing. Tasseled and silked. Perfect for hide and seek or afternoon shade for weary gardeners.
More in the next post.
These can be very destructive if they get into the garden.
The East pasture looks go though. Starting our third rotation through this area.
Here is a picture of the South pasture this year. It is so lush! I was concerned it would not come back after last year’s drought.
The red clover has spread a bit from where we seeded it last year. The white clover is coming on strong.
I had some mowing to do after the sheep and cows the other day. When I was finished, I pulled down the net fences around the garden and mowed the perimeter.
Since we had not gotten the Chinese cabbage rows in the spring square cleaned up, I just mowed them along with the two rows of bolting lettuces and spent peas. There will likely be a lot of volunteer cabbages later this summer. I always feel pathetic when I uase the lawn mower for weeding yet satisfied looking at the area when I have mowed it!
Still to do:
- Continued weeding in all areas of the garden
- Tie up tomatoes again
- Spray kelp, raw milk, etc. for disease control on tomatoes, eggplants, all curcurbits
- Set up posts and string supports for 2nd sowing of cucumbers and pole beans
- Plant final summer squash, pole bean, cucumber sowing….although I may delay this a couple weeks to spread the harvest out.
- Fall seedling plan, seed order, Fall/Winter/Spring square plan
Oh, and the first sweet corn is in full tassel. The honey bees love it!
Mercy and I dug the Yukon Gold potatoes this morning. Most of the plants were dead.
If memory serves, we planted 10 lbs of Yukon Gold seed potatoes. The potatoes did not come up well. We needed some potatoes anyway so we decided to get these out of the ground now and plant a cover crop.
I’ll weigh the harvest and update this post when I do. I am guessing we got 20 lbs. So 2:1 yield. Yukon’s do not yield well. It seems 3:1 is a good harvest. I will have to look that up.
Update:we harvested just shy of 20 lbs of the Yukon Golds.
Yukon Golds plus extras
There are actually some Red Pontiacs thrown in there from our sample harvest last week. And Savannah had pulled some for potato salad before I got a picture.
Potatoes look healthy! No rot, only 2 or 3 that look odd or were eaten, and I didn’t stab a single potato!
We are expecting rain from Tropical Storm Cindy through the weekend so I planted some old Purple Hull Pink Eye Cow Peas (saved in 2013) in the two cleaned potato rows. If they don’t come up, I will replant with Buckwheat or order some Iron & Clay Peas from Johnny’s.
Finally got the last dozen Basil plants in too. These were planted with the Basil we transplanted a month or so ago. The newer transplants are Genovese and a red basil, Red Rubin, I think?