Every now and then it hits, writer’s block, photography block, gardening block, cooking block. I have all kinds of new photos, many beautiful ones from my trip to South America, and yet, I find myself staring at my computer screen in the evening feeling like I have nothing to say.
The same can happen in the garden, we can feel unmotivated to weed, plant or even harvest vegetables. There are also days when we’re hungry and nothing sounds good. It happens to everyone at times, no one is immune. Typically, I stop, sit back, make a cup of tea and read a good book. It seems that helps inspire me once again. Generally, it means that I need to take time away from my work and relax, it has been a long work week so far. I guess I should try to take a few hours off this weekend to regroup.
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It’s amazing how quickly seed and plant orders can add up. Now that I’m starting over again, I’m at that point where I need to purchase plants once again. Back in Ohio, my gardens were pretty much full as far as perennials. Luckily, I brought a lot of plants with me, so I’ll save some money. I’m also starting all my herbs and a few perennials from seed, which will save me a bundle as well.
I could wait to purchase some of the plants I want, but my goal is to set up a nursery area this summer that I can use solely for propagating plants for the garden. Since I’ll be propagating future plants, I want to get these plants in ASAP. I’ll work on developing my vision for this place as I tend my nursery of plants.
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Even though the snow still blankets the garden outside, I’m starting to see a little green in the house. Over the past week, I’ve been starting onions, celery, lettuce and herbs. I’m already seeing the fruits of my labor, I’m noticing more and more green every time I check on the seeds.
One think you will notice is that the fresher the seed the quicker it germinates. That’s one reason to use up your seed and pay attention to the self life of the seeds you have. Here’a a handy chart if you need one.
Along with the onion seeds in flats, I started lettuce in some large planters. It’s germinating nicely and should be producing a few salads for our plats in a few weeks.
The cats are also enjoying some greens, every week I plant them a new container of wheat grass. Soon enough, the chickens and ducks will be enjoying the same thing. I’m in the process of starting large flats of wheat for them.
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Why do I continually read gardening books even though I’m fairly knowledgeable on the subject? Because every now and then I come across a gem like this:
“Another unique use of cover crops is in the strawberry bed. Recent research has shown that after fruiting, June-bearing strawberry plants are very tolerant of shade. A cover crop–of oats, for example–sown right in the strawberry bed after the berries have been gathered can shade out weeds through the growing season, then eventually flop down dead to provide the mulch in which strawberry plants thrive.”
Lee Reich – from Weedless Gardening
The section on cover crops in this book is fantastic. Since it’s a no-till garden book, he focuses on the cover crops that are easy to kill without tilling in. In fact the cover crop chart in this book is fenomenal, worth ready the book for. The remainder of the book wasn’t anything too exciting.
I’ve always had good luck with rye and vetch, I simply cut them in the late spring and let the foliage compost on the ground. I’ve never had issues with it growing back or causing problems. This year I’m looking forward to trying a few new cover crops, no doubt you’ll be reading all about them here.
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optimism [op-tuh-miz-uhm] noun – a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
I’m an optimistic person. Mr Chiots are planning our big move in mid-September, which is too late for planting a fall/winter garden. Not being one to discount it because of the move, I am starting a few flats of seeds with hopes of being able to make a trip up to the new place sometime in late July or early August to plant my fall crops.
What did I start?
Leeks: Bleu of Solaise, Tadorna, Carentan
Kale: Lacinato, Toscano, Red Russian, Winterbor
Brussels Sprouts: Long Island Improved
Cabbage: Tete Noire, Perfection Drumhead Savoy, Pixie
Broccoli: Purple Peacock, Waltham,
Cauliflower: Giant of Naples, Snowball
Radicchio: Casteldefranco Libra, Rossa di Verona Dragon
Will I get up there? Who knows, maybe, maybe not. If I do make it up I’ll have a few flats of seedlings that I can plant. Will the plants survive without me? Who knows, maybe, maybe not. When I was debating whether to plant the seeds or not, I figured I had nothing to lose. A few dollars in seeds and a half hour of my time. If I don’t make it to Maine before our move, I’ll take them and plant them in a low tunnel to see what happens. I figured I have nothing to lose!
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