Garden Update

We’ve been on a planting frenzy over the last few weeks. Planting seeds and watching them grow is slightly addicting. It doesn’t help when your friends become enablers by sharing their entire seed catalog with you (thanks Cooper and Emily!). And nothing kills the winter blues better then being able to work in the garden or the greenhouse. Although admittedly it doesn’t really feel much like winter here since it’s been in the high 70’s and low 80’s for the better part of the last two weeks.

Since the last update we’ve added more tables and trays to the greenhouse and started planting beds in the garden. We’re planning on doing the Back to Eden method and have finally sourced a massive supply of free wood chips. We’re aways off the beaten path so getting tree companies to drive all the way out here at no-charge has been a bit of challenge. Thankfully patience has paid off and we have a guy that’s promised us as many truck loads as we can handle over the next few weeks. We’re planning on covering about an acre with wood chips about 6-7 inches deep. It’s a lot of work but we’ve also been fortunate enough to have really good friends down the road with a front-loader (thanks Johnny and Emily!).

Right now there’s way more going on in the greenhouse then there is in the garden. The weather has been so nice it’s been tempting to start a full-on spring planting but it can be 80 degrees one day and 30 the next so I’m playing it safe. Here are some pics of what’s happening in the greenhouse:

greenhouse

4 tables full

Pepper seedlings

Pepper seedlings

seedlings

cabbage, mustard greens, and spinach

lettuce and swiss chard

lettuce and swiss chard

squash seedlings

squash seedlings

zucchini seedlings

zucchini seedlings

spinach seedlings

spinach seedlings

freshly planted various melons, peppers, and onions

freshly planted various melons, peppers, and onions

The garden is significantly less impressive. We rescued some banana trees from my office that were looking pretty sad. The hope is that they’ll revive and provide some great shade for some lettuce and other greens during the heat of the summer. We dont have any wood chips yet so in the mean time we’re using some soil and leaves we dug up out of the woods. The only things we’ve planted so far are potatoes, carrots, radishes, and beets.

our large empty field

our large empty field

Potatoes

Potatoes

sad banana tree oasis

sad banana tree oasis

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