Over the years, I’ve attempted gardening on several occasions. I’ve grown things in tiny peat pots, bought from the nursery, and direct-sowed. Varied success has resulted. This is our third spring here at the farm. I think we’ve finally figured out what works for us and what works in our area.
First we till and make ditches. Luckily, our neighbors are gracious enough to loan us their machine. We then flood each ditch and fill in low points. I also like this done because planting is easier when it’s wet. It’s also better to plant in moist soil.
Now for planning. I like to sketch up the plan so I know what and where I’ll plant.
Planting time comes next. After each row is planted I flood the ditch again. Notice we plant in the ditch- not the hill. This give the plant a great soaking. The soil stays moist for 3-5 days (depending on the weather), and it catches all the rain during monsoon season. We stomp the hills down to make a sturdy walking path.
We have a few garden boxes set up. I’m making one of them the permanent strawberry patch. Onions are in one, and the other will have pole beans soon.
We spent two eight-hour days in the garden this weekend. I’m so glad it’s almost fully planted.
I filled the rows with seeds. Every child had some part in the prep and planting. Little ones love dropping seeds into the holes. Nobody likes pulling weeds. Me either!
We have found through trial and error that I can’t grow peppers or tomatoes from seed too well. I’m working on it. For this year we decided to buy plants from the nursery. I buy bulbs for onions and garlic. Everything else is seed sown directly into the ground. I’m worried about the carrots coming up. I had no success last year. Any tips for carrots?
Here’s our list of what’s in the ground right now:
pickling cucumbers, corn, tomatoes (variety), peppers (sweet and hot variety), bush beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, carrots, romaine lettuce, blue dwarf kale, zucchini, spaghetti squash, onions (red and yellow), garlic, asparagus, herbs (variety), pie pumpkins, and eggplant.
By the end of next week I hope to add:
potatoes, blueberry bushes, raspberries, black berries, pomegranates, strawberries, pole beans.
What are you growing? How do you adjust for your climate?