Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I use a bulb planter to move or transplant small plants like cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, dill, ground cherries, lettuce, beans, etc. You have to have the kind with an adjustable release.
First squeeze the handle till the blades open a little bit.
Then center the selected plant in the opening and push down about 3 inches and release. Make one half turn and pull out your plant.
Place the plant in a previously dug hole.
Bury the whole thing. Then squeeze the bulb planter all the way out and gently remove it from the soil.
Add a little water and cover. Practice makes perfect.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I planted an asparagus bed form seed in 1970 and it served me well for 32 years until I built a new garage and had to destroy the bed. I started a new bed from 24 one year old root in 2003. Both were the Mary Washington variety. I hoe around the edge to keep the grass out and pull any weeds I see when I pick the spears every day. I quit picking the last week of June and shortly there is too much shade for weeds to grow.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I was told that the previous owner of my property had planted this rhubarb and had never gotten enough to make a pie. Just a little sauce. I did not harvest any stalks that first year but I've had endless amounts in the 40 years since. Eugenia is my wife and pie maker for the last 42 years.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
I planted my potatoes today. 86 hills of Kennebec and 48 hills of Red Norland. I only have about 50 pounds of Kennebec left from last year so I have to get them in the ground or we'll be eating pasta. This picture is of the garden plot known as the south 80. It is 80 feet square and south of the house.