Sunday, April 7, 2013

Garden Update - April 7, 2013

There is so much going on right now at the farm. We are prepping for the big spring planting this week, so there has been lots of tilling, applying fertilizer, getting the needed seeds and plants, etc. This is truly my favorite time of year!

Today, my dad ran the tiller through all the beds one more time. If you have access to a tiller for your garden, it's a must to keep the ground broken up through the late winter and early spring to make sure it is soft enough for the new plantings.

My job today was strawberry transplanting. We ordered a batch of Whoppers strawberries from Gurney's last year. From ten plants, we have a forty foot patch completely covered in runners. If you are going to transplant, make sure you use the newest runners. You only get 2-3 years production out of a plant, but you can continue to glean new ones from the young runners. I thinned our existing patch and used the new growth to plant our gutters Dad had installed down the walkway. This will allow the plants to hang down and keep the fruit from rotting, in theory. I am anxious to see how well this set up works. Hey, if it's on the internet, it has to work, right?

Baby Strawberries!
So Wednesday is the big planting day: beans, peas, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, corn...and anything else we can find room for.

I would love to see what you are planting in your gardens. Send me some pictures, descriptions, and what zone or area you are planting in, and I will post them for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

Happy Gardening!

6 comments:

  1. Strawberries are my favorite fruit! I bet they are delish freshly picked my tastebuds are a tad bit jelly of you right now.

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    1. LOL I can't wait for the first taste!

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  2. YOur post conveys such a beautiful, exuberant joy! Planting our own garden has been in the books for years. You are an inspiration. :)

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    1. Start small, Paula. Get a few containers, grow a tomato plant, try a few herbs. It can always grow from there. Best of luck!

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  3. I haven't planted anything but geraniums--they feed my soul if not my mouth. Maybe I can get back out into the yard this year--that's why I bought a house with a yard instead of a condo. Thanks for sharing and Happy UBC.

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    1. Like I told Paula, start small with a few containers, tomatoes, and herbs. It does truly feed the soul!

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