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Garden Gleanings More of Richard's garden

Posted Saturday, March 14, 2009, at 3:18 PM

Richard sent more pictures of his garden developing this year. He has access to mushroom compost. The soil looks really soft and fluffy.

"I cover the garden in leaves in the fall, this past fall I was able to only get half of them tilled in before the rains set in during December. The other half was worked in starting about a month ago.

The wide row with the rake in the pic has spinach, carrots (2 types), and turnip greens."

The pictures are at www.mybedfordcounty.com/weedemandreap.ht...

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It will be a few days before anymore vegetables can be planted after getting over 2 inches of much needed rain this weekend. Next to go in the ground will be a row of Kennebac potatoes, a row of Red Pontiac potatoes, a split row of white and yellow onions, some more mixed leaf lettuce and some sugar snap peas. So 3 more rows in the near future. I found out the price info on the mushroom compost at my sister's greenhouse, if anyone is interested.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sun, Mar 15, 2009, at 11:45 AM

Where do you get your potatoes? I plan to plant precisely the same this year, but never have, so never checked sources.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Mar 15, 2009, at 2:15 PM

I got mine at the Purina store out by the airport.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sun, Mar 15, 2009, at 3:03 PM

Well if things work out I should have the spuds in the ground this weekend. And the other split row of onions, more lettuce and sugar snap peas. Picked up a older model Troy Bilt Horse model tiller this week, I have to replace a pulley that broke but it seems sound, it was made when they were still made right.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Fri, Mar 20, 2009, at 7:58 PM

Troy Bilt has always been a good one. I felt that way about the old Gravleys, but my hillside start getting too much for me to wrestle them anymore.

My potatoes should go in tomorrow as well. I will probably plant the second wave of peas, beets, onions, bok choy, carrots and first wave of lettuce.

If I get in gear, I will also start a second wave of warm weather plants inside.

Have the garden club meeting tomorrow, and some errands so......we'll see.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 20, 2009, at 8:55 PM

Well, I got the potatoes, onions, collards, mixed lettuce and sugar snap peas planted today. The first planing of lettuces, radishes, greens, carrots and spinach are starting to come up. The lettuce, radishes and greens are coming up good. The spinach and carrots are a bit slow to germinate, but that is normal. I've sent you some updated pictures. The frost the other morning nipped the cauliflower some, but it will come back out of it.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sun, Mar 22, 2009, at 6:27 PM

I only got potatoes, more onions, peas and carrots. Got sidetracked with two trailers of firewood and tht wore me out.

Speaking of carrots and beets being slow, I noticed that the first few carrots to pop up were in the footprint of one of our dogs. Maybe I should let them in there more often, as if I had a choice.

Possibly the footstep snugged the soil around the seed better or the depression held the moisture longer, or.... The other have come up, but dog feet did it first.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 23, 2009, at 8:50 AM

I always take the rake and lightly pack the soil over any small seeded vegetables, like the carrots, lettuce and such. I seems to help get better seed to soil contact that way to lightly firm it.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Mon, Mar 23, 2009, at 10:39 AM

I got the new for me Troy Bilt tiller running this week. Now it just needs to dry out so I can test it out in the garden.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sat, Mar 28, 2009, at 11:18 PM

I certainly don't want to nix the rain, but I understand just a little break would be nice. I need to spot till some wildflower beds for all the new seeds I got yesterday.

It took a few minutes of showing Debbi what I got and why to get her on board, but I believe we are BOTH looking forward to the revived beds this summer.

I like the wildflower beds for appearance but I also have them to feed and encourage beneficial insect, butterflies and hummers. One 5' wide strip runs the length alongside my main beds and another 3' wide strip is in the middle of some other beds about 50' away.

On a side note,do wild turkeys cause much trouble in anyone's gardens? I am watching a few graze my yard, oops, no longer, our dogs just noticed them. Anyway, we sometimes have 40+ turkeys in our yard and I wonder if they do much damage to gardens.

Dang, I need to go start the fire! I went outside to congratulate our dogs and it is COLD out there.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Mar 29, 2009, at 9:10 AM

I have a customer that is out in the country past the country club, and the wild turkeys love to scratch the mulch out of the landscape beds. Every week last summer and fall we were raking the mulch back around the knockout roses, and off the sidewalks and drive. We usually see 20-30 turkeys out there and a few deer as well.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sun, Mar 29, 2009, at 5:53 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.