Sunday, April 17, 2016

First garden post of the season


I live in zone 4 so we are about a month away from our last frost date but we didn't get a lot of snow and especially we didn't get the big recent snows that parts of our state had so the ground is dry enough to start prepping for plants and planting some of the earliest seeds.  Today, with rain in the forecast Dad came out to till the North half of the garden.  Last year with the battle with the deer the garden was overtaken with weeds and the front half is in permanent raised rows so that will be worked by hand but the back is just one large area and so that can be tilled and today dad came out and tilled it.  The brown parts are the left over dead weeds from last year.   Dad suggested that we till it again in a week or so and I think that sounds like a great plan.  

On the south half of the garden, I have started to prep rows.  The first few rows are turned, I am applying composted manure to the rows and I have planted two rows of potatoes and a row of peas.  The pea trellis is installed.  The potatoes are ones that my sister had from last year and I am trying them to see if they will grow.  If not there is still time to replant with new seed potatoes.  

I am hoping to get some deer protection up before the plants are up and providing temptation for deer and rabbits.  And dogs.  I have been finding big holes dug in the yard and garden.  I have not caught any of our dogs in the act so I am not sure who to blame but it is getting annoying so I am hoping to figure it out and figure out a way to put a stop to it.  I am suspicious that it is Codie because when we just had two dogs she would bury her bones and Sadie would watch where she went and dig them up.  

P.S. Thanks Dad!!

6 comments:

  1. Signs of spring on the farm! I love it! We have just started to think about the garden, because honestly, there was frost on my car this week. Hopefully warmer temps will arrive soon and we can plant!

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    1. Today was our fifth day in a row with a high above 70 and one day was 81. It feels like spring but I have been fooled before. Hope spring weather hits your neck of the woods soon.

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  2. It looks like a lot of planning ahead. Wow, another month of possible frost! We are nearing the halfway point of our garden. By the end of June, it doesn't produce much, because it is too hot. However, we can start again in September. I look forward to seeing what you plant. xoox Su

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  3. It looks like a lot of planning ahead. Wow, another month of possible frost! We are nearing the halfway point of our garden. By the end of June, it doesn't produce much, because it is too hot. However, we can start again in September. I look forward to seeing what you plant. xoox Su

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    1. It will be a lot of planting but hopefully this year i will only be planting once. Last year I had so much trouble with deer. This year a deer fence. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will keep them out.

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  4. This year a deer fence. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will keep them out.

    gclub

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