Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Garden 2011

Garden planning and planting is in full swing.

This is the state of my kitchen table, most Saturday mornings in February.

Seed potatoes went in on March 5th

One of my gardening goals for this year is to have the watering system ready BEFORE the plants are in... easier said than done and something I failed on big time last year.

This year, I'm doing much better. In fact, I actually laid the soaker hoses before planting any seeds this year. Hooray for me.

My garden layout has gone back to the 'four quarters' design, kind of a big X of paths and four easy quadrants to plant in. I have rotated the location of each of my main crops so that now tomatoes are in the north section, beans and squash in the east quadrant, peppers will be in the south quadrant, and potatoes are in the west quadrant.

Tomatoes were planted March 6th, I held to my rule and only bought 9 plants, one for each 'leg' of my drip water system, plus one for the central hub, which tends to drip anyway.

Hubby also worked like a maniac and got all four of my new water totes hooked up to the gutter system in a mad dash before the sun set and the clouds broke on March 12... then nothing. Not a drop of rain has fallen at our house since the last snow we had in mid February. UGH.

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