March 11, 2009
Well, thanks to you (and you know who you are) I am now planting potatoes in one of my raised beds. I still know nothing about potatoes, but after reading a book and talking to some folks I think it should be really easy. The book called Growing Potatoes by Richard Bird and Alex Barker was very informative and helpful. My friend suggested digging a 4 inch trench to plant the potatoes in, then covering them with hay or straw (not dirt) and watch them grow. This method is nice because you can pull up the whole plant to check for readiness without having to dig up everything. I am going to plant the potatoes all the way around one raised bed and put tomatoes in the center. Again, supposed to be a good companion planting. I cut the potatoes with an eye on each section and placed on a tray to sit overnight and will plant them tomorrow.
UPDATE: !!!!!!!!!! – Hey! An addendum to above – I was so wrong! Tomatoes and potatoes do not like each other. I had it in my head wrong and reported it wrong to you. Sorry. I am not sure what I am going to put in the middle now. Any suggestions from you all would be welcome!
March 9, 2009
Hello to all! What a beautiful weekend though it was a bit chilly! I managed to get Five-color Silverbeet seeds (Swiss chard) in the ground yesterday and today I planted lettuce and carrots. In the pictures you will notice about 18-24 inches between the carrot rows, that is where I am planting the tomatoes. Tomatoes and carrots are a beneficial companion planting (I have read about anyway). I will let you know if I think it is beneficial. To the right of the carrots there is a path filled with straw then a 18 inch wide row of lettuce. I just broadcast the seed and patted it down then watered it. I saved lettuce seed for successive plantings about every 10 days and I have enough Swiss chard for one more planting in 10 days. It is supposed to storm today. Hopefully it will not wash my seeds away. I should have checked the weather first. Lesson learned! The peas are just beginning to sprout but are not quite big enough for a picture yet. Now it is water and wait time.
Swiss Chard Bed
Carrot and Lettuce Beds
I wasn’t really ready to go live, but Lacey had started sending me all this good information (see her posts below) so I decided to get it out there so that everyone can start getting ready for their spring garden.
The one goal we have for this web site is to tell and show anyone who wants to learn how to prepare, plant, maintain and harvest a successful garden. Lacey will be sending us posts and pictures on how she does things and here we will be working with Charley himself on our garden complete with video demonstrations.
We hope you come back often and learn a lot.