Progress in the Garden

 Work in the garden is progressing really well right now. We are eating radishes and lettuce every day, and the beds are full of the custom soil mix I learned about from the Mittleider method of gardening. I have had a garden of my own every year for 17 years and I have never had things thrive the way they are now and I have lived in better growing conditions than here in windy Cheyenne, Wyoming.

My son giving me a hand.

Yesterday I planted the corn, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, jerusalem artichokes, and more lettuce. I had planted broccoli and cauliflower in the greenhouse but it did not do very well. It is my first year with a green house and it is a totally different environment. I am not used to it being so warm and damp. I love it though!

This bed is ready for the green beans!  With this system you can plant double the plants that a conventional system would allow.  This makes it much more cost effective to build the beds when twice as much food can be grown in the space.

Today I planted crookneck yellow squash from seed in the center tractor tire. I got all the tires filled with my peat moss/sand mix yesterday and I am very excited to get them planted. The melons and varieties of squash I planted in the green house are still thriving and have been hardened off the last few days so they won’t have so much of a shock when I transplant them this evening. I like to transplant in the evenings so the plants don’t have to deal with a hot day on top of becoming situated in their new environment.

So, My son helped me with lots of shoveling, but he had to be listening to the latest book he is in to. Funny kid. He’s just like me. 🙂

A picture tells a thousand words, doesn’t it?

The Garden in May

We are eating lettuce and radishes out of the garden. We’ve been looking at the peas longingly and willing them to grow faster but it will be several weeks yet, I’m afraid. Next year the beds will be already in place and waiting for me to plant as early as I think is safe.

This week I have planted more turnips, lettuce, beets, potatoes, asparagus, sunflower seeds and squashes. The watermelons, cantaloupe, squash, tomatoes and peppers are still sitting in the greenhouse waiting for their debut. I have to level the tires and fill them with my blend of 50% sand and 50% peat moss before I can plant them. I still have more work to do but I love every second of it!

First radishes! I pulled several of these, brought them in, set them in the sink, and came back later to find they had already been devoured by my herd of boys! Good thing I have plenty! 🙂