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