April 2009

April 6 – broccoli sprouting well, spinach not so well

April 7 – fleshed out gardening plans a little more; shortly after this moved spinach planter to stool near dining room window

April 8? – moved planter with broccoli to upstairs south facing window, lots of sun; planted some more herb seeds, including chives, oregano, rosemary, and dill; also on upstairs south facing window

April 10 – read about no till gardening and all set to do it since we haven’t heard from the guys who are supposed to come till (and it has been wet or rainy or muddy all month!)

April 11 – started experiment in garden to try to kill grass; put 4′ X 4′ frame out with newspapers spread on bottom and sticks on top of newspapers to weigh them down; had chickens in garden

Experiment to kill grass in the garden area

Experiment to kill grass in the garden area

April 12 – had chickens in garden

April 14 – transplanted watermelon, zucchini, gold rush zucchini, and butternut squash to new containers (various dairy containers), disappointed that herbs and peppers not sprouting yet; had chickens in garden

April 15 – built two more frames for garden; transplanted broccoli to new containers (plastic), also noticed oregano was sprouting; had chickens in garden

gardenframe

4' X 4' Garden Frame

Broccoli sprouts getting some sunshine

Broccoli sprouts getting some sunshine

April 16 – noticed that chives and dill also sprouting; bought rhubarb and blueberry plants

Blueberry Plants

Blueberry Plants

Rhubarb that the nursery started last year

Rhubarb that the nursery started last year

Close up of rhubarb

Close up of rhubarb

April 17– put broccoli sprouts out in sun, watered them a little later; Scott the Farmer came by, said I needed more newspaper on the grass I’m trying to kill; noticed pepper plant is sprouting, very excited; put more newspaper on grass, but probably still don’t have enough; put chickens in garden; put spinach plants outside in sun; moved rhubarb and blueberries to sunnier spot on front porch; started Experiment 2 to kill grass, which is to use cardboard instead of newspaper, which I am out of; started Experiment 3, which is to bust up 4′ x 4′ of sod, then add soil in frame and plant

Pictures of Experiment 2:

Experiment 2 - cut up cardboard

Experiment 2 - cut up cardboard

Water down cardboard

Water down cardboard

Place sticks so cardboard doesn't fly away

Sticks on top of cardboard on top of grass in raised garden bed

Partly dug up sod

Partly dug up sod

April 18 – bought some organic potting soil and organic compost; bought cucumber seeds (two varieties) and thyme; several peppers have sprouted finally; Scott the Farmer brought over some lettuce, celery, and broccoli for us to transplant; also finished digging out one Experiment 3; will post pictures later

April 19 – didn’t do a thing in the garden as it was raining all day and we had the cow adventure!

April 20 – filled Experiment 3 with potting soil and compost – four bags potting soil, one bag compost and mixed, then two more bags of potting soil, one more bag of compost, mix, then added two more bags of potting soil; made grids with nails pounded part way into sides of frame, then used yarn to mark off grids; planted 6 squares; had chickens in garden, but it was cold and windy so not sure they did much!

April 21 – bought 6 more bags of potting soil and filled raised bed that is Experiment1 with newspaper; added 2 bags of potting soil, then bag of compost and mixed, then 2 more bags of potting soil; Aidan was my helper again!

April 22 – marked grids on Experiment 1; transplanted 4 broccoli plants, 2 celery plants, and several bibb and leaf lettuce plants that Scott the Farmer brought over into Experiment 3 (where I dug up the sod, will have to think of new name for the boxes!); we planted onion sets in one square and in middle of bibb lettuce squares and corners of broccoli squares and will pull them up when they are green onions;

April 23 – planted 2 squares on Experiment 1, one with cosmic purple carrots, the other with spinach; chickens in garden all day and night

April 24 – didn’t do much in garden at all except water and pick out seeds from weeds that had blown into beds; chickens were in the garden all day and night

April 25 – planted two more squares of carrots, one square of “little fingers” and one square of “long imperators.”

April 26 – no planting, only maintenance; however, radishes and bibb lettuce planted on April 20 have sprouted; pepper seedlings are doing great and the purple peppers have finally sprouted

April 27 – rainy day, which is good for garden, not good for farmers, some of whom have still not planted anything due to rain and mud; noticed parsnips are sprouting, pepper seedlings doing great as are the zucchini, watermelon, and butternut squash plants; broccoli in containers doing great, probably about ready to transplant; some spinach I planted March 25 is doing OK even though I had given up on it. It’s still leggy, but I have been watering the ones that look OK. The broccoli and spinach have been outside since April 17; planted a square of spinach and two squares of romaine lettuce, with radishes in the corners

April 28 – Tim built a cover for the garden square that is planted since the cats keep using it as a litter box. The kids and I helped a bit, too. After discovering that the grass was dying under the bags of compost and potting soil out there, I decided to move those to an area where a bed will be. Then I took the sod I removed from Experiment 3/Bed 1 and turned it upside down on another area where a bed will be, to the north of Bed 1 (I’ll probably end up changing the name of that one since it won’t make sense to call it Bed 1 when there is another bed north of it). That was all I really got done today and all I can really do until I build more frames.

Swirly testing out the garden cover

Swirly testing out the garden cover

Dying grass that was under cardboard

Dying grass that was under cardboard

April 29 – Didn’t do much in the garden since I had to try to find the cows and get them back

April 30 – bought more wood and built two more frames, one is 8′ by 4′ for tomatoes, peppers, and basil, the other is 4′ by 4′ and is north of the first bed I planted; plants are growing nicely; finally transplanted rhubarb plant

Radishes in the corners of each grid

Radishes in the corners of each grid

Onions

Onions

Spinach

Spinach

Broccoli and leaf lettuce, with onion sets coming up

Broccoli and leaf lettuce, with onion sets coming up

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One Response to “April 2009”

  1. Garden Experiments « A Hippy Girl in the Country Says:

    […] fingers. So the next step is to build a cover (UPDATED to say this is done and there is a picture here) for the beds planted, build more frames and trellises for the vertical plants, and get an area […]

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