Lots of planting and sun

April 8, 2010


After a lot of rain last week that delayed some of our planting, we’ve basically had summer weather this week – 70s and 80s! Outdoors we planted a lot of onions, our first round of peas, our second round of spinach, as well as horseradish, rhubarb, and some potatoes. We had some drama with the peas because we intended to only plant bush peas to avoid having to deal with trellising but we accidentally ended up with both kinds. So if anyone (especially my mom) can tell us an easy/quick way to build a trellis that would be really helpful!

We also had some potato drama because we didn’t realize that you have to cut up the potatoes and then let them dry for twenty four hours before planting them. Unfortunately Matt and I figured this out about twelve hours before we left for a weekend trip so we had to leave the potatoes for Caleb and Kristin to plant without us. I was especially disappointed to miss that planting since potatoes are part of my ‘heritage’. Or whatever.

The only indoor plantings this week were broccoli and lettuce. Our seedling collection is growing and we’re starting to get a little tight on space but with the warm weather we’ve been able to put them outside during the day.

The really exciting news for this week is that the chicken coop is getting really close to being finished! Caleb did all of the design and early work on the coop, but lately I’ve been helping out too and I’ve been enjoying gaining power tool skills (maybe I should put ‘dremeling’ on my resume?). Also Kristin’s cousin visited for Easter and put up the roof and sides on the coop. Hopefully by next weekend we’ll be able to finally buy some chickens.

Finally, our asparagus (which I think was planted last year) has started coming up and it grows really fast! Kristin cut a lot on Tuesday and by the time we looked again on Thursday it was too late for some of them to be eaten.

Sorry for all of the exclamation points… I’ll blame the enthusiasm on all the sunshine.


Did the onions from Texas arrive?

Warren Sancken — April 10, 2010

Lots of activity! For the tall peas (6 ft?), I’ve used heavy duty garden stakes (5-6 ft) hammered into the garden bed about every 4 feet to support pea vine netting (about 1 inch sq works well). Then the pea tendrils grow into and around the netting so the vines won’t easily fall down (unless the entire structure is blown over by a ferocious wind which happened to me). 3 issues to be aware of #1 being most significant: 1) since the peas grow TOWARD the sun throughout the day, you want to position the netting so that as the sun is moving toward the west to set, the peas are growing toward the netting (i.e. if the row of peas is planted east to west, put the netting on the south side so the peas grow toward the sun all day long; if the pea row runs north/south, place the netting on the west side of the row). If you neglect this, the peas may not attach well to the netting and then they will easily fall down and be a mess. 2) consider orienting the netting for easy access for picking if possible; 3) the wind factor – if possible, try not to end up with the entire netting facing into the prevailing wind. It’s not important when the pea vines are short since the netting is openwork, but as they grow tall and cover much of the netting, it can function like a boat sail, although it takes a tremendous wind to knock it down. This is only one idea. . .ask your local gardeners what they do!

Elaine Tyson — April 10, 2010

Warren, Grandpa Virgil says the onions shipped April 5th; they should arrive soon.

Caleb — April 12, 2010