Wednesday, April 4, 2012
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Once again, we have broken a record here in Oklahoma. This March was the warmest one on record. It seems since we moved here we have experienced more weather records than I can recall. Last winter we broke records for the most snow, latest snow, something like the longest lasting snow and a couple of others I can't recall. Then this past summer we broke record after record for hot temperatures and little rain. And now this Month with spring coming so early. What's a girl to do? Well, Plant of course!
Warning!!! Garden talk coming! It's been awhile since I actually wrote anything here so.....I have a few things to catch you up on. We've been planting like crazy over the past month. We've also added two 50 foot rows for potato's and squash and the cucumbers next to the old foundation ruins.
and a 20 x40 corn patch.
The potato's are coming up pretty well but already we are having some bug problems. I've got a feeling we are going to be doing the Bug Battle all season. I had planted squash,pumpkins and cucumbers with almost zero germination, so I replanted it all yesterday.
Almost everything is coming up already and except for the squash and cucumbers, everything seems to be doing pretty well. I had to laugh when I realized just how many types of beans and peas we have out there. It's a good thing they are one of our favorite vegetables! We planted an entire 100 foot row of Black-eyed peas.
There are also two types of Kentucky Wonder green beans, one bush and one pole bean. There are four other types of beans out there as well as some sweet peas and purple hull peas. In the past we have grown things that we don't really like to eat much. I don't know why but it was just something to grow I guess. This year we are only planting things that we know we will eat. So no zucchini or eggplants grace our garden this year. We do have spinach, lettuce, Swiss chard, turnips, carrots, broccoli (started them late so they are tiny) and onions in as well.
Mars still needs to till up all that grass between the rows. It's on the to-do list along with a few (100's) other things.
Once again I'm trying to raise some herbs. I don't know what it is about them that I do wrong most every year. I have some of the worst luck with herbs. The only things that are showing signs of sprouting so far though are the cilantro and basil. I'll keep trying though!
My tomato and pepper plants are pitifully small. I got a really late start on them though and had already figured that this year I'll buy plants for the season. I'm waiting impatiently for payday this month to go pick some up. I can't go another year without homegrown tomato's. I've really missed them over the winter and even now. I just hate having to buy them in the cans.
With the rising price of groceries more and more folks are becoming interested in trying their hand at gardening. I think that's great. The growing food part not the price of groceries I mean! If you've never thought about growing something why not give it a try this year? It's a lot of fun and it's definitely time to start.
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