A personal record of what's going on in my Northern Michigan zone 4 gardens. I use raised beds and grow organically. Nothing fancy--just trying to garden with nature in mind.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Garden Update and Plans --April 1, 2016

Overview of Vegetable Garden April 1, 2016

Greetings All
It's been the oddest winter up here---we had no snow until January and there wasn't much of it then.
We didn't even buy trail stickers for our snowmobiles---it was that lousy.
BUT--Mother Nature has a great sense of humor---we got 8 inches of snow last weekend, and this weekend we are to get another 3-5 inches.  Free fertilizer, right Mama Pea??

As you can see from the top photo---I've made some changes in the layout of the fruit garden.
I ripped up the four beds of strawberries---we have such cold nights in July that the berries would have heavy dews and just rot.  In five years , I only had one outstanding year.  No more. I'll buy them
and use the space for other things.

So, I made 6 beds measuring 8X10 foot.  I'll use them for Pumpkins, Corn, and Tomatoes
I also am re-trying sweet potatoes--a crop notoriously hard to grow in the north.  My Amish friend
Lydia said to do it in raised beds and keep them covered .   I hope that does the job as we eat a LOT of sweet potatoes.
New Beds for Corn, Pumpkins, and Tomatoes

I got all the sunflower and corn stalks run through the chipper already and redistributed back into
the beds from which they came.  It makes a fine mulch and puts everything back into the soil.

Sunflower and misc sttalks and stems ground up and returned to the soil

I have one cold frame started already with lettuce, spinach, radish and kohlrabi.  This is the first year I did not have to wade out in deep  snow and "pre-heat" my coldframe.  When we came home mid-March, the ground was thawed. Very very unusual for here.

I have started transplanting some of the new, baby Chandler blueberry bushes into their new home.
Hubby expanded the garden for me last year so I can put in another 14 bushes. We eat GOBS of
them and would like to have plenty extra on hand as well  to give away.
The New Addition --Space for 14 more Chandler Blueberry Bushes

And finally--this is the plans for the vegetable gardens.  I do not draw in the aisles, so just "imagine" them in between the beds. An artist I am not--but you get the idea.

Vegetable Garden -- 24 beds each measuring 4 ft by 8 ft

The Newly configured beds on the left and of course the blueberry patch (original one)

I'll update at the beginning of next month. There's really nothing much going on here for the coming month but a lot of edging of borders and the misc. "grunt" work--setting up trellises, etc.

Have a Happy Spring