Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fall 2011 Update!

Ok, so it's been awhile since my last post.  I seem to get caught up in summer with work, and gardening and I forget about posting updates!   So here's a little update and what I hope to accomplish this winter on here!

Garden:  As you know my dad and I tried a new spot for our garden.  Due to a really wet spring we got a late planting start.  So we didn't get any peas at all.  The new spot worked out great!  We planted over 180 tomato plants, over 150 pumpkin seeds, corn, zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, potatoes and peppers.  I have over 50 canned pints of green beans, frozen corn, frozen squash, frozen hot peppers, tomato juice and crushed tomatoes!  I should have enough veggies for the whole winter!  The greens I planted didn't do well either.  I had a LOT of lettuce, most of which came up wild from the previous year!  So we had an entire row of FREE lettuce!  So we'll definitely be planting in that spot next year.  We expanded the size and we have around 5,000 square feet of planting space I believe.  Next season we'll be planting the veggies in different spots because of the way the sun hits that area we had pumpkin vines going everywhere.  The ground has already been prepared for spring.  We used a plough and tore up the whole spot and spread manure which we get free at the fairgrounds.  We also put leaves all over the original spot.  All of this will rot over the winter and be ready for planting in spring.  So stay tuned!  Before you know it I'll be posting my seed list (which I'll probably start making next month) and this time I SWEAR I'll post pictures!  I got a little discouraged last spring with it being so rainy that it just didn't get done.  I'll keep you posted!

Wintertime:  Ok, so I've got only one project this winter (so far).  I've done a bit of research on how to plant apple trees from seeds.  So I've got a bag of apples from the orchard here in town that I'm going to save the seeds from and try to start them here in the house this winter.   I've got both Fuji and Honeycrisp apples to try.  I think it would be great to get ALL of my fruit and veggies from what I've grown!  So I'll be posting soon on the process, and I'll take photos of what I'm doing.  Also if you have any other planting projects for me to try out, let me know!  I'll give it a shot if I can!  Thanks for reading!


wood said...

Sounds excellent!!!! We lime our gardens every other year, and that seems to help! I tried the Dr. Earth, but it didn't seem to make much of a difference. We also ine manure, horse that is. I heard turkey manure is the best, any insight?

Amy Blair said...

First of all, I'm really sorry it took me so long to answer this....I never received a notification that anyone commented. I haven't used turkey manure before, I've also heard its the best. I have used chicken manure and horse manure. I believe that turkey manure has the most nitrogen in it. I'm guessing turkey manure would have to be ordered from an online source, unless of course you have turkeys! haha :)