And the world was made right again…
More planting today. I transplanted some seedlings today. First time I’ve tried that with anything other than tomatoes. I did broccoli, kale, lettuce, etc. A lot of them are pretty spindly looking. Hopefully they will come out OK. I also planted some parsnips, carrots, kohlrabi, more broccoli, green onions, cabbage, turnips, brussel sprouts and beets. The moon says it’s a good time to plant root crops so I got busy. I’m still waiting to get my onion order so I guess they’ll be planted later this month during the second good phase for root crops.
I’m going to wait until later this month to do the potatoes. I want to really reduce the likelihood they get frosted.
Some other news today though. I rented a garden plot. The city here rents plots for $20. They are 1K square ft and the city will disc them for you. (Which make them completely unworkable from what I can see) I can’t cage in the plot so I have to plant things there that are of little interest to animals. I’m planning on planting canteloupe, watermelon, lots of squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, a large chunk of my potatoes and onions. I’ll also do some tomatoes and pepper plants and other plants that I’ll buy to transplant. (I was expected I would have enough seeds started this year but this was unexpected so I’m sure I’ll have to buy some extra plants from farmer’s at the market)
I fully expect this land to be of extremely poor quality. I doubt the previous user took care of the ground. I’m planning to dump a few yards of compost on it to bring it up to snuff quickly. Not to mention it’s a flood plain and there could be a high water table. We’ll see. I’m hoping they’ll let me bring in some mulch to save moisture. Especially since I would have to drag water from the nearby river by the bucket full to water. Yes, really. That’s how they make you do it.
Unfortunately the land is horribly rutted and gouged from the discing. So I’ll be spending many hours digging it up and smoothing it out. I could use a tiller but I don’t feel like buying one. So, a shovel, hoe and spading fork will be my weapons of choice.
But even with all this it’s a chance to grow a lot more food than I can right now. If I’m able to handle this I can rent more next year. They will let you have up to 4 of them. At 1K square ft they might be just the right size for a nice harvest of wheat, if I feel up to planting it that way next year, and there is enough time between when they open it up and close it up.