This was a busy weekend of tidying up, amending, and planting. The bed that got “tidied” (everything pulled out) was the one that had held the zucchini and most of the cucumbers. After pulling up the old plants, I spread a wheelbarrow load of compost over the bed and then used my grub hoe to “till” the bed. If the bed hadn’t been for carrots, I probably wouldn’t have worked it so deeply, but I wanted the roots to have no trouble growing long and straight.
After raking the bed smooth, I added a little of my own mix of organic amendments, then sifted those into the top few inches of soil before planting.
One of the great things about planting the carrots is that I get to use my seeder. Most of my crops aren’t planted directly into the garden as seeds so solidly in the beds, but carrots are. It’s always fun to roll that seeder down the row, and great to know that the seeds are planted with pretty good spacing at the depth that I want, covered up and tamped down, all in one pass!
|Grub hoe and seeder help make short work of planting the carrots. PHOTOfirstname.lastname@example.org|
I planted five rows of carrots and then one row of winter radishes.
The day wasn’t super hot — only in the 80s — but it was humid and still, so in the mid-afteroon — rather than working out in the blazing hot sun — I worked on the shady front porch on transplants for the beds that aren’t far enough along to clear for fall planting. I started a tray of fall greens and bumped up my cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower seedlings into larger pots.
Meanwhile, the summer crops are coming in at a good pace. I’m especially happy about the success of the peppers. We’ve been putting a couple of pounds of them, chopped, into the dehydrator each week for awhile now, and they will make our winter meals very tasty.
|A day’s August harvest in a rainy garden year. PHOTO/atlantaveggies.blogspot.com|
Hope everyone else’s gardens are doing well!