Garden Work

I had to take some time off from blogging. The garden work became so heavy there was no time to blog. I finally got the garden completely planted last week.

Week before last my husband was off and he used a scoop on his tractor to get mulch into the back of the garden between the beds. Since the tractor could only deliver the mulch to the back garden gate, he also came up with the brilliant idea of putting the mulch on a tarp and dragging it to where it needed to be placed, rather than raking it over large areas between the beds. What would normally have taken days, took about two hours.

Here are the cleaned off beds with mulch. A thin veil of weeds is already growing over them….sigh.

Mulched Beds

Mulched Beds

I planted a melon patch in the back of the garden and placed straw between the hills to keep down the weeds.

Melon Bed

Melon Bed

Into each melon bed hole, I placed fertilizer, mushroom compost, and a handful of alfalfa from a bed where it grows in the garden. Just a small amount of the alfalfa in holes where you are planting is supposed to give the plants a boost. We shall see:)

Alfalfa growing in bed.

Alfalfa growing in bed.

Tomorrow, I will share with you what the rest of the garden looks like. The plants in the straw bales are growing really well.

For today, my work is to weed the corn patch in the back fence. The weeds grew extremely tall while I was working on the rest of the garden… so tall… you can hardly see the corn. Hopefully tomorrow I will have a picture of a weed free corn patch…

maybe…

Weeds in corn patch

Weeds in corn patch

Another view.

Another view.

One last view… I planted two fruit trees next to the fence. One is a yellow delicious apple and one is a plum. Both need other trees to cross pollinate. We already had a Stamen Winesap apple tree, and there are wild plum trees growing near the garden, so pollination is covered. I have a stake where I want to plant a cherry tree in the fall. I couldn’t find one this spring.

Trees next to fence.

Trees next to fence. The asparagus bed really stands out here.

I would be excited to hear how your gardens are growing. Have you planted anything unusual this year?

“The Lord will complete that which concerneth me…” Psalm 138:8a

 

 

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One Garden Project Nearing Completion

Yesterday, I worked on one of my gardening goals for the week. I moved pavers and bricks, to make a weed free area at the front of my garden. It was very hot, and the pavers were heavy. I could only work for 30 minutes at a time before stopping to cool off. I didn’t get this project finished, but I am now pretty close.

Paver and brick walkway at front of garden.

Paver and brick walkway at front of garden.

I am using pavers and bricks purchased in years past and leftover bricks from our house. It is a hodgepodge of weird sizes to lay out, so it takes some time. Below are the bricks I have left to work with.

Bricks thrown out of the way in an empty raised bed.

Bricks thrown out-of-the-way in an empty raised bed.

I will have to dig down and turn these on their side, otherwise weeds will grow through the holes.

Last night after my husband got home from work we removed the back panel of our fence so I can get the tractor into this area. We have a tiller attachment for the tractor, and I wanted to get this area tilled up as fast as possible for planting corn.

Fence panel off for tilling with tractor.

Fence panel off for tilling with tractor.

Before I begin, I need to dig up a fig tree that is overgrown with lemon balm and move it.

Fig tree.

Fig tree.

I also plan to remove a dwarf peach tree from its pot and transplant it to the garden. Then, I will clean out under the full-sized peach tree where the pot is now sitting.

Dwarf peach tree in pot.

Dwarf peach tree in pot.

My husband and I moved the chicken house located in this area to give more room for the corn. When we were moving it, a rat the size of a small bunny jumped out and ran right toward me…..eeewhhhh! Of course I screamed. I hate rats! Have I mentioned that I hate snakes too?

Chicken house in new location beside apple tree.

Chicken house in new location beside apple tree.

It is raining right now but seems to be slowing. In a little while I plan to take the tractor out to this area and get it tilled. Look out rats and snakes….the big boy tractor is coming to take you down!

If all goes as planned I hope to show you a completed corn patch tomorrow.