Gardening classes starting

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It may be snowy right now, but it’s time to start thinking about summer gardening. Classes are available every other Wednesday from 6-8 beginning March 29th.

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Through the season

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The fence did well, the beds did well, and the chickens were happy little cluckers. I love seeing the progression from spring to fall. Almost time to clean it all up! 

It was reported today that Bill Mollison, the founder of permaculture, passed away this weekend. He made a difference in communities around the world, from small gardens like ours, to farms, towns, and cities. I’m grateful for what we have and what he started. 

2016 Gardening Journal

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I never remember to write things down OR I lose my journal. Maybe by keeping it online I won’t lose track!

March 21st

started:

  • one tray of nasturtium
  • 12 broccoli,
  • 12 neon glow chard,
  • 12 ruby red chard,
  • 12 arugula,
  • 12 New Zealand spinach
  • 12 Gold Nugget tomato (cherry; determinate)
  • 6 Sweetie tomato (cherry; indeterminate)
  • 24 Red Winter kale
  • 24 Tuscan kale
  • zucchini

April 11th

  • 24 Roma tomato (plum)
  • 24 Matina tomato (indeterminate)
  • 24 Abe Lincoln tomato (heirloom, indeterminate)
  • 24 Black Krim tomato (heirloom, indeterminate)
  • 24 Brandywine tomato (heirloom, indeterminate)
  • 12 Strawberry spinach

Lots of extra tomato plants were started for students in the gardening class. Indeterminate varieties have more flexible stems so need to be staked; this type is better suited to growing upside down in Topsy Turvy type containers.

April 25th

  • Started 22 nasturtium under the lights
  • Planted sugar snap and snow peas outside
    • 32 in the backyard by the fence in cinderblocks and 50 or more in a teepee in the front yard

April 27th

  • started 28 marigold
  • 10 Straight 8 cucumber
  • 12 summer squash medley
  • 12 Garden Purslane
  • 6 Delicata squash

 

Fence planning

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This is the chicken yard – the fence looks like crap. But it was cheap! Anyway, I need a better fence so I turned to my soul mate, Pinterest, for help. My solution? Pallets. Also cheap/free but more solid. My plan is to slip the ends of the pallets over the tall fencing stakes that currently hold the wire fence. It will use the materials we already have and be easy to move or reconfigure.

I’ll try to find some shorter pallets to use for a fence around the back garden to keep the dog out. Now I just need the ground to thaw so I can get started. And pallets, more pallets.

Morning Chores

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Garden planning

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I’ve been flipping through seed catalogs, planning for this season. Alongside the usual kale, broccoli, and cauliflower will be a few new things, or relatively new things.

I’m trying to add more edible flowers to the front yard this year. The potatoes and borage are gorgeous when they flower but I want more color and for everything to look more “full” this season. I’ll be starting more nasturtium inside at the end of March and will also put in more flowering herbs so the plants are useful as well as lush.

On the deck I am going to sow New Zealand spinach again. Every other variety of spinach I have planted always bolts too quickly. I’m also going to have a few deck containers of mixed greens and A LOT of mint. I always tuck mint away in inconvenient places but I like to snack on it so much I have decided I want it close by.

For some extra excitement I am finally going to grow strawberry spinach. I saw it a few years ago on the permaculture garden tour and I am SO psyched to finally have it in my garden.