The last two weeks in March have been mostly raining and chilly. I had a nice dry spell mid-month, which allowed me to get some mowing done and get ready to till in the new garden area. But a problem with the Roseburg rental company I used caused me to end up with a tiller which was not up to the job and before I could get a bigger one the rain started and has not really stopped since.
I managed to build the “grow out” tables and get them installed in the garden. I now have a two deck, 16 foot-long table setup. This size table will easily hold 1000 plants in 2 ½-inch pots. This table consists of two sets of “stands” that hold separate table tops and supports two 8-foot bridge table tops. It all comes apart into pieces that I can carry around when I want to reposition it.
The seeds are for the most part germinating nicely. I up potted the cucumbers and all but the really poky tomato plants.
All in all, things are coming along on or a bit ahead of schedule.
Who knew you have to take trees to school? The things you learn when you move to the country! Susan and I went to Tree School this week. I really enjoyed it although it could have been a lot more technical. It did make me think about what I want to do with this place other than grow too many vegetable plants. Sort of back to that ecosystem idea. Wildlife habitat, biodiversity, tree health, riparian . . . . .
Plan: by 4/6/2014
Build a temporary greenhouse over the grow out tables.
Continue to up pot plants as they grow up
Start moving plants out to the temporary greenhouse
Pray for no frost
When/if it dries out:
Till the garden
Break ground on the expanded 30’ by 70’ garden
Spread the remaining 5 sq. yd. of compost over the entire garden
Rebuild the rows after tilling
The garden has returned to a cold swamp. It is so interesting that when it rains, water just stands on the ground for days, like it cannot find its way down hill. Then when the water is gone the ground is ready to work. I am certain this is all related and the solution is more compost! More compost is always the solution to soil structure issues.