Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Rain, Potatoes, Peas and Plot Progress

This weekend I got the plot gate built and installed and some of the beds planted.
Planting happened a little earlier than usual because of the great forecast.

I'm trying out red plastic mulch for the first time. I really don't want to spend the hot month of August weeding in the sun so hopefully this will help and an added benefit would be if it increases fruit yield.
I only was able to plant half of the Romas, the other half will get planted later in the week.

The bed with the straw mulch was planted with ground cherries, peppers and tomatillos.
The bed in between will have squash and the front bed will have eggplants. I'm still figuring out what will go in the side bed and the back bed. Probably beans and maybe corn or sunflowers. It's tricky this first year because I need to figure out how the sun will move across the plot in the summer. I'm surprised that the neighbors on either side of me have not shown up or put up their fencing. I know it's still early, but I'm always so eager to get started.

It's supposed to rain until Thursday so I won't be able to work over there until then.

In the home veggie patch the peas are starting to form:

And the potatoes are growing, time to add some more compost!

This is the time of year when I wish I could take a week off of work just to spend time planting. The weekends never seem long enough!


  1. Wow, your plot looks great! There are several gardeners who lost their plots already due to not starting. The rules state that we have to start work on our plot by May 1st.

    I had to plant my tomatoes, peppers and eggplants over at the plots in the rain since we are going on vacation Friday. I'm going to do a lot of mulching with straw or whatever I can get over there.

    Lucky you to have some peas starting! Mine haven't started to flower yet. So it will be a couple of weeks.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. I secretly wish we had that rule, I'm still looking over the fencing thing of what else I could grow ;)
      Only the sugar snap peas are forming so far. No flowers on the shelling peas yet hopefully soon.
      Thanks, Have fun on your vacation!

  2. Great job on the plot and can't believe your peas already in bloom! Mine are still very small. I'll be planting my eggplants and peppers this weekend when it gets a bit drier and warmer.

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    1. Thank you SO much Steve! I'm so happy that you thought of my blog when you were giving the awards :) I hopefully will have more time to post later in the week.

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    1. Hi Laura, it's nice to meet you, it does sound like we like the same things :) Thank you for reading my blog!

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