Planting the large garden

Norman finished the kitchen garden and then started tilling the large garden,This is the    kitchen green all planted










the kitchen garden where Norman planted sugar peas in the left hand 1/3 of each row, then he put in lettuce in 1/3 of the middle row and kohlrabi and onions in the middle 1/3.  He put spinach in 2/3 of the lower row and beets in 2/3 of the upper row.  We will plant more spinach and beets in the large garden.  Then Norman started tilling the large gardens.  He did about 1/3 of that one for potatoes and onions . Norman in the onions









This is about 1/3 of the large garden, this is Norman planting potatoes.  I helped and we got 7 long rows of potatoes planted before we ran out of room.  We didn’t want to give up any more room to potatoes so the last of them we put in the old compost pile.  For several years we put the good weeds from this garden into a pile and added some horse manure to help compost the weeds.  Now that was all composted and looked good so we spread that out and planted the left over potatoes in there and put leaves on top to help cover the plantings.  Then today Norman tilled the end of the space to make the last row wider.  He got it about a foot wide and I planted 80 Georgia sweet onions and 70 Texas sweet onions, the Texas sweet are a white onion while the others are yellow.  Then I planted about 60 leeks.  I put all of these  four a breast, which is much closer than you want them to stay because as soon as they start to grow I will thin them for green onions.  I love the leeks in a salad when they are very small.  Then I will leave the others to grow into large onions and have some for fall.  There is still some room at the end of the row and in there I will plant some garlic.  Garlic fresh from the garden is great and it is so easy to grow.                               Yesterday we went to McMinnville and got the onions sets, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, rutabaga, and Brussel sprouts.  I got a 9 pack of each the cabbage family.  They can go into the ground now.  Norman stilled the space for these but we will not set them out until Friday as they are calling for a hard frost on Wed. night, then to warm up again.  I bet we don’t get down into the low 20’s up here as the heat from the valley rises and keeps up warmer than just down the hill a little ways.  The seedlings could take the cold for the one night but I don’t see any point to shocking them for one night when we can just as easily wait for two days to plant them.  Also tomorrow we need to go down to Whitwell and turn the water on in the house there.  Joe, your raspberries look good.  I think the made out great this winter.  I hope who ever buys the house takes good care of them.                              The crocuses are all in bloom now and look so pretty.  The daffodils are in bloom in McMinnville so will be blooming here in a week or two, they are all budded now.  Spring is always busy but so much fun.  I don’t know how many more years we will have to do this as we will be looking for someone to buy the farm this year.  It needs just the right person to take care of the farm as we don’t want all our hard work to seed, it would break my heart!  Have a good day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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