Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring garden

Our garden is underway and we're getting excited about the wonderful things we'll be eating and potentially selling at the River Valley Farmers Market by the middle of June. I say potentially because I never like to count my crops before they mature but so far things are looking good.

The garden isn't as attractive as it could be yet because we're in need of some mulch but we'll get that taken care of soon.
Here's a look at the garden from the back.
We put in six raised garden beds, we are using the earthboxes that we brought from San Diego, we did a lasagna garden bed and the hugelkultur mound.  We're still in the process of planting but we have quite a bit growing on already.

We have about 25 various tomato plants including some very exciting small varieties, one of them is called a wapsinicon peach and actually has fuzzy skin.
Some of our tomatoes in one of the large beds. We won't plant tomatoes here again for 3 years.
We decided to try a 3 sisters garden in our lasagna bed and the corn seems happy. I planted provider beans next to the corn about a week after the corn started to emerge. I'm impatiently waiting for the beans to sprout. 
I'm working on creating a border by weaving some pruned vines together. It's an easy but time consuming project. 
We are finally growing our first ever potatoes and chose to do it in hardware cloth cylinders. There definitely won't be enough for us to sell at the market but we are very excited to have some of our own homegrown potatoes for ourselves for the first time.
You can't really tell from the photo but potato leaves are incredibly beautiful.
We also have some peas and carrots growing but do not plan to have enough for market.
I love that we have a little green lizard looking after the peas. 
We do plan to have peppers and cucumbers at market but the plants are still very small yet.

We decided to grow strawberries in the hugelkulter bed and depending on how they do, how long they produce and how many we get, there may be some at the market. 
Strawberries are some of the cutest little plants ever.
With the tomato guards in place I am feeling confident that we will have some tomatoes at the market. 
Gidget is still searching for the chickens we promised her.
We've actually decided that we aren't going to raise hens for eggs to sell. We still want to raise them for our own eggs but there are already so many great egg producers in our area that we don't see a need to try and compete. 

We will keep you posted but our hope is that by mid-June you will see us at the market with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, beans, eggplant, maybe some strawberries, possibly some corn and hopefully some cut flowers.

We can hardly wait.  

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