|Overview of Vegetable Garden April 1, 2016|
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