Planning a garden
This can be a big task, but for me it is something I just do every year. My most favorite tool with my garden planning is the “Garden wheel”. It is the most important tool for me to know which crops to plant beside which ones. Companion planting has been around for ages, and this tool helps determine how to grow healthy vegetable gardens.
Here you can read more about my garden planning.
My final garden draft looked like this:
For those who are interested the garden is about 90 feet long by about 40 feet.
And here is my new garden starting to grow!
The first two weeks after I seeded everything, nothing grew, because it was to dry, then it started to rain(almost to much). I am lucky my garden is at the top of the hill, so water can get away easily.
It is always so exciting to see the seeds germinate and starting to grow. The picture below was taken after extensive tilling and hoeing the garden because, as all gardeners will know, weeds are always found in abundance! I still had to hand pick weeds in between the rows, but that was for another day.
This old little red wagon is still useful and handy! I used an old peddle from some raft or another that I had found laying around to mark the rhubarb that was transplanted. It started to get too overgrown where it was, so I am trying it in this spot. And it is taking hold nicely.
I try to grow my garden as organic as possible, manure also helped a lot. The ground was very hard with little organic mater in it, which makes it hard to how, but manure tilled in the soil makes a big difference, it also helps hold water, and I will be adding some straw as ground cover to the garden again. Last year the straw did make a big difference in the garden, it helped keep the weeds down, and it helped the soil from getting baked by the sun.
The peas are blooming in this picture and we just had our first meal of fresh picked peas! there is nothing better!
This year I dusted the potatoes and tomatoes for beetles (potato bugs are a real menage), I simple don’t have time with the wedding and working full time to hand pick the bugs. It is the only thing I have used in the garden that is not natural or organic. Some times you have to make choices and concessions. It is helping the potatoes because they are looking nice and healthy. Will have to see this weekend if there are some to eat!
My garden is right at the edge of the field. Last year we grew Canola, and this year it is wheat.
Do you grow a garden? What are your gardening secrets?