Holy cow, it’s been way too long since I wrote a post. I thought I would take the opportunity to give all of you an update on the progress of our garden.
|Pumpkin plant, with onions in the background|
Because our garden is so large we ended up planting everything in stages. We started at the beginning of May, which is a little early for our area, but we were having such warm weather we decided to go for it. The first weekend in May we planted corn, green beans, snow peas and bush peas, as well as red, yellow, white onions. A few days later we planted tomato, jalapeno, and bell pepper plants we got from the store, because the seeds we started in March didn’t make it. Again. Hopefully I will figure out the trick to starting seeds next year.
The second weekend of May we planted a few cucumbers, one zucchini, garlic, watermelons, pumpkins, regular and rainbow carrots, and red potatoes, Yukon golds, russets, and purple potatoes. If you hadn’t noticed yet, I love vegetables that are fun colors. A few days later I finished things up by planting sweet potato plants that I sprouted myself.
I’m happy to say that everything has sprouted. A few of the potato and pumpkin plants have already gotten pretty big. I was worried that the carrots might not have made it, but I spotted a bunch of tiny sprouts when I was wandering around the garden today making sure the irrigation where it needed to go.
And when I say everything is coming up, I mean the weeds too. It is seriously crazy how many weeds we have.
There is one area that the weeds are much thicker than the rest of the garden. This is where we planted the corn last year. As a result, that part of the garden didn’t get tilled as often as the other areas, and it was too big of an area for me to go in and pull the weeds by hand.
Obviously, I don’t want the weeds to choke out our crop plants so I will be trying to figure out a solution. We have used the tractor to till the spaces where we don’t have any crop plants. But because we have flood irrigation we are still trying to figure out the best way to get rid of the weeds without messing up the rows we made for the water to flow. Honestly, I’m not sure there is one, but I am still hopeful.
My plan is do some research on weed control methods and give them a try to see which ones are the most effective for our garden. I will let you know what I find out.
How is your garden going? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook.