Thursday, May 03, 2012
We have been a little late getting the rest of the garden planted but it's no big deal really, since our growing season is so long here. Our last frost is usually around April 18th so I'm not horribly late! And we kept having these really cold spells of near freezing temps after having a really warm March so I was afraid to set out hot weather plants. It's all worked out though. We have expanded the garden over into the secondary chicken run where we kept the broilers. The area above, in the original garden, was planted with green beans, black-eyed peas, tomatoes, cukes and squash in addition to the cool weather crops already in. On the far left you can see part of the broccoli and brussel sprouts. In the far left back you can see the potatoes coming up nicely. All the fruits are over here too. I tidied up too, cleaning out the cold frame and such but this area needs much more work.
This is the expansion area where I planted corn and cantaloupes. The broilers pooped this place full for about 3 months so it should be well fertilized! To the right, on the other side of the fence, is blueberries, strawberries in the raised bed, and raspberries down by the coop. That white dot down by the little black door is Goober digging in the dirt.
I am trying a different approach in planting my tomatoes this year. I was reading some gardening info and came upon one lady's procedure for planting and it sounded good so I thought I'd try it. Basically, you dig a deep hole, deeper than you are going to plant your plant. Know what I mean? She recommended 2 feet deep but my plants were only about 1 foot tall so I dug about 16 inches down. Throw in a handful of basic fertilizer. I just happened to have some organic stuff formulated for tomatoes. Then, throw in a couple of crushed eggshells. Then a fish head if you have it. I didn't, so I just poured in a little fish emulsion and a banana peel. Then, throw in a little bone meal and a few inches of dirt on top of all that. Then, plant your tomato plant. I plant mine deep to help them establish deep roots so I had about 4-5 inches of plant sticking up after filling the hole. Then, bury 2 aspirin tablets about 6 inches away from the plant stalk. This is supposed to help the tomato resist some blights. Just a little epsom salts might not hurt either. So, we'll see. I'll either kill them or have great maters!
Hey, in other news, I cooked my very first, totally from scratch pizza!! I made the dough and everything! I was surprised at how quick it was to do so and it came out great! I would like a crust that was maybe just a tad chewier? Maybe? But it was still good. I just threw together some stuff I happened to have for the toppings. I used some chard (it's like spinach), smoked sausage, ham, onions and feta cheese with a little Monterey Jack too. I thought it was great! The feta adds a wonderful flavor.