We’ve been real busy here on the farm shipping out Charley’s Veggies Plants so we haven’t had much time to get the garden ready. Didn’t matter much anyway. It has been so wet that the ground is just now starting to dry out. Charley and Paul (Charley’s brother) are finally getting to plow up the garden again today. Hopefully we can get the ground tilled up good and get some veggies planted here in the next week or so.
Veggie sales this year are through the roof. It seems like everyone is planting a garden this year which is a good thing, I think. Hopefully, we can use this blog to help all you gardening greenhorns to have a productive and tasty garden.
Check back as often as you can. We will be adding more how-to’s as we start planting.
These are some pictures of our first crop of Charley’s Veggies. We loaded most of these up along with a lot of tomatoes and peppers and shipped them out to the Stine Lumber stores in Louisiana last week. I just took an order from Naylor’s Hardware and Garden Center in Baton Rouge, LA, and they told me that it was sunny and nice and that everyone was out planting their garden. Check out their web site. They have some good information on their Planting Guide page for planting a garden in Southern Louisiana.
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I made a quick trip down the road yesterday and as I was driving it seemed that every where I looked there were people working in their yard or tilling up their garden plots. Then I got back to the farm and Dad (Charley) said that he was going to go plow for a while. I told him that was great and that I wanted to get some video of it for out blog. I also ask Dad if he would sit down and do a quick Q&A interview and he agreed as long as it wasn’t on video. So I will get that done soon.
Based on what Charley and everyone else is doing, now is when you want to start getting you garden ready for planting. Some of you, like Lacey, probably have already done some of that. You want the soil turned and loose. Turned basically means you want to flip the soil so that the dirt that was underneath is now on top. You can do that with a shovel, tiller or tractor depending on how much garden you have and how energetic you are. Be sure to remove large clumps of grass, roots and rocks.
One thing you need to realize is that you will have to do this several times until you plant to keep the soil loose. So don’t be surprised when we tell you later that you need to till the garden again. Like Lacey said in an earlier post, when you till is a good time to work in compost and other organic materials that can help keep the soil loose. Again, like Lacey mentioned, you can take a sample of soil to your county extension office and have them send it off for analysis to determine if there are any additives that need to be added to your soil. I recommend having your soil tested if this is your first garden so that you will have a base line to start at.
Plus here is a look at our crazy temperatures this week courtesy of the MAX5 Weather blog.
March 2, 2009
Wow! What happened to the warm weather? Just when we think spring is here, winter throws a sucker punch. And from experience I know that this is not the last of winter! I am ready to plant my early stuff, now I have to wait a little bit longer. For some reason, I do not think that 25 degree weather will be conducive to planting seeds of any kind. It is a good time to work on your soil getting it ready to go. Before the cold spell, I tilled in manure, ashes and bone meal. And sprinkled sulfur on my raised beds. I knew to do all this on the advice of the county extension agent. Your local county agent is a great resource that is free or relatively inexpensive. Here it costs $10 for each soil test. My brother thinks it is free in his county. Compost is another thing you can be adding to the soil right now, too. If you have your own or you can usually purchase it at garden centers, but it can get pricey. Well, I have to go water the strawberries. Happy gardening!
Are you thinking about using raised beds for your garden?
Raised beds offer several advantages such as not have to bend over as much when you work the plants, easier weed control and raised beds are good for small spaces.
Here is a link to The Home Garden Blog with 11 Things To Think About when planning your raised bed garden.