Sunday, April 27, 2008

progress

greg got the tiller going on the tractor today and tilled up our garden area, including the market herb garden. of course, it immediately got cold and started raining afterwards and the weather is predicted to remain cold and rainy for the next two days. once that clears i have my work cut out for me:

-plant 40# potatoes (still need to chit? 20#)
-plant 2 final bunches of onions if they are still alive
-plant a dozen or so brassicas (i am way behind on this): cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts
-plant out zucchini and pattypan starts
-plant out tomatoes
-start sowing seeds: lettuce, beets, mangels, carrots, spinach, green beans, watermelon, winter squashes (i have 5 kinds), okra, etc. i have corn too but greg needs to till that area
-plant out herb plants and start sowing more: chamomile, dill, thyme, nasturtium, basil, amaranth, elecampagne, chives, cilantro, parsley, borage, wild tobacco, summer savory, winter savory
-coax peppers (cayenne, habanero and paprika) and celery to grow, grow, grow

i love this time of year. it's crazy as hell but so rewarding.

the bees are settling into their new digs. tomorrow i'll mix karl's mite powder and add it to the hive. i also need to call mt bee guy and buy another hive box. we are still wanting more hives.

there was a great thought provoking post on casaubon's book today.

3 comments:

Brad Carter said...

I'm officially afraid to watch your farm the next time you leave town. Bees are scary. Guess it's a good thing I don't live closeby anymore. :)

Polar Bear and The Dodger said...

hey- i loved hearing about your progress becoming a farmette. how exciting! and i am the same way about signing up for classes and then when the day arrives wanting to stay home and putter- i was nodding along as i read that. good luck with the bees.

plantainpatch said...

Sounds like you are joyfully busy. I am coaxing my peppers also. Love the post and update on the bees. A goal of mine. One day.

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