Sunday, May 27, 2012

Week of Planting

Here are a few pics of what we have been doing this week around the farm. It is starting to look like a garden and hopsyard around here!
In the hopsyard, we made and covered several long rows and planted 100+ hops rhizomes- Chinook, Nugget, Williamette and Fuggle varieties. (Just love hops varietal names.)

Then, we moved to the garden. We finally mapped out where the 40+ different fruits and vegetables would go. Rich tilled in an inch layer of composted manure.
After a week of hot, dry weather, this morning was overcast and cooler. That's ideal weather to transplant! We ran out and got  to work. We transplanted 206 peppers, tomatoes and tomatillos. The transplants are SO much healthier than last year's. The pepper and tomatillo starters already have some blooms on them!  We made sure to put up the deer fencing around our hard-earned garden before calling it a day.
We still have several more trays of transplants to put in their new homes, including lots of celery. And we are really looking forward to getting to try out our new Earthway Seeder for direct seeding, too. Soon, we'll have beets, squash, carrots, peas, beans and more!
PS: I wrote this blog using my phone app, just to see if it works. The photos are a bit grainy, but you get the idea.
PPS: The photos of Rich pulling that giant concrete lawn roller show just how much physical labor goes into this.  Just call him Conan the Agrarian. We found that beast of a tool in the shed and it works well for forming mounded rows, aside from Rich not being able to move his arms afterward.

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