Sunday, May 31, 2009
More veggies have made their appearance finally! Spring onions,
and this one (see picture) which is a little quiz for rest of you to answer - so what is it?
And here's a fingerling potato leaf bud, up close (in macro).
Saturday, May 30, 2009
dropped it off at the patch (ok, in the chicrabbit pen for security, as rain barrels do cost a lot) this afternoon. Will finish assembly tomorrow or monday - no rush since it will likely rain again tuesday :)
Whacked all the weeds I could find in the beds so that will be good for next few days. Noticed some of the fingerling potato shoots have leaf buds! wowee! The cornlings are very noticeable as they are in 2 very visible rows; and more beans and snap peas sprang up. Don't think anything else has surfaced yet.
Also placed more tags (especially for the lettuce as there are so many kinds). Will need to get more tags made.
It started to rain again while PC, ToniB and I were discussing location of the rain barrel - PC was very helpful and instructed ToniB on where to place it as well as height of the "base" - they took off to the patch in the rain so PC could show ToniB what needed to be done while I sat in the car - and it really started to pour. One can hope ToniB will also fill the barrel up? First I have to finish assembly of it - as in tighten the spigot assembly (otherwise it may leak) and tighten down the screws on the lid - yep, first thing tomorrow, before ToniB gets going.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Being a bit impatient for the lettuce to come up (the seeded ones), decided to plant some [gasp] commercially grown ones. Red lettuce, endive, red romaine... oh, and some more peppers - long cuban reds, hot bananas, sweet ones. Even got a 4-pack of white eggplant :)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Here's a look at the yard long beans sprouting.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
and the sweet peas!
Monday, May 25, 2009
More weeds got chopped up this morning but there's a nice crop of clover starting up. Let's make sure they are before we start pulling them up - could be veggie seedlings instead!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Seeded some more lettuce, radish and beets, and more celeriac -realized we have a humongous bed - have left about half of that for Elzy's celeriac starts...
The plan will need to be updated again.
Friday, May 22, 2009
They discovered the leak on a water barrel run this afternoon, so she and Mr. Z ended up giving the plants a good dousing (oh, and the seed beds too) as there was no point trucking (oops, it is a van - vanning) a less than empty barrel home... The leaky bucket (aka container) is toast as a water receptacle - it's going back back to garbage duty while Elzy calls up the back up - Oma's other container.
The temperature was cool this morning, and overcast - perfect planting weather. The tomatoes and peppers weathered the heat of yesterday very well. Even the frissee lettuce and spinach have developed more leaves.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Elzy observed the tomatoes seemed taller...
Tomorrow should be cooler - around 17C; the fingerling potatoes will go in bright and early.
The basil and Tom Thumb lettuce beds were seeded as well this morning.
We also tagged the beds that have green (not counting weeds) - no, not the seed beds (what if the seeds don't sprout? how embarrassing!) - will wait until we actually get green shoots before tagging.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Mr. Z came up with the idea of letting gravity do the work - so this evening the water brigade came to the rescue of the transplants at the patch. Mr. Z ran a hose from a loaded 200+ litres water barrel (which sat strapped upright at the back of the van) down to a redundant plastic garbage container (courtesy of Oma - Elzy wanted to wash it out but was vetoed) set up in the patch (good thing the patch is lower than the driveway) and lo and behold, gravity caused the water to flow from barrel to container.
It took about 40 minutes to almost fill that up; in the meantime, the water crew went to work watering the plants. Then Mr. Z drained the barrel dry by watering directly from the hose.
We have made sure Oma can rest content her labours have not gone to waste. By this time (nightfall), the mosquitoes were having a feast (our legs & arms).
But, we do have enough water in the container for next few days... next time the water brigade comes out, it will be way earlier to deprive those pesky "zanzare" of their feast.
We planted 2.5 beds with tomatoes in about 2 hours - oh, that included those 7 hot peppers from Rooibos. Not to worry, we have another free bed for more peppers since the tomatoes did not take up that much space (got more plants than expected in each bed - in fact, Mrs. R farmer mom came over to see what we were doing and thought 12" spacing too close for them tomatoes - oh well. Also curious as to what the other beds were for - Elzy kind of side-stepped that, in case the seeds don't happen? :) )
Our plantings were not as neat or uniform as Mr. R farmer's but then he has one of those planting machines where 4 guys sat behind the tractor and dropped the plantlings into funnels that plopped each plant into the trench...they were doing gazillion tomatoes (Roma type) -
Will take pictures later today of our plantings.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
This morning, decided to dig up the weeds and then proceeded to seed the dwarf sunflowers, fennel, squash, zucchini and melon. Oh, and the watermelon radish. It's going to be very warm this week but weather forecast calling for rain next week (timely).
We should be putting the potatoes, tomatoes into the ground in next day or 2....
Monday, May 18, 2009
The seedings are still under their blanket of soil (smart) while the weeds are coming along nicely!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Will leave the test tag in the bed for another day or two for weathering :)
Ok, these tags are about 6x2 inches 'cos we don't want to have to go up that close to see what veggies are where! mind you, the tags are about 14 inches length (including stake part) so will be close to the ground (about 8-10 in) - hmm...guess we'll be tilting the label part.
There were little green pushing up through the soil in the beds - not referring to the transplants of yesterday - yes, the weeds are coming up faster than the seeds!
We may have our first weeding party this weekend -
This coming Sunday looks like cool, around 10 which likely means frost overnight. But, it can change... Maybe we can seed the rest of the veggies on Monday? - zucchini, squash?
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Then went back to the patch again about 2 pm (after the 'doggies' emergency - they got out of the backyard because gramps left the side gate open...) to transplant the Spinach and "frisee" lettuce into the beds. Elzy had decided that we should experiment - if they make it past this sunday's potential frost for surburbia... It went pretty fast and we were done in about 30 minutes!
Then we watered them - am counting on that rain happening! My voicebox got quite a workout yelling at those truck drivers to slow down - it was quite windy and so dust was blowing from that long dirt driveway...in fact, there was a fine dusting of dirt on our vehicles. Went home and showered (after mowing the "chicabbit" yard...with help from Elzy in starting the mower - the height thing, plus and my bum shoulder).
So that's it on planting until friday. In the meantime, I have started on the tags - will do a "show and tell" when they are done :)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Ok, next on the list - tags for the beds - but that's another day. That's it for today.
So I staked out an area of 25 ft x 60 ft (give or take a couple), collected those seed packages, and started to laboriously mark out the beds, spending 3 days figuring out what went where and when to sow/plant. Good thing I have Illustrator (as you'll see by the diagram) to lay it out and used Excel for number crunching.
Sunday May 10/09: It was off to the patch to actually set out the beds for real - yes, by the time we were done, the patch was 36ft x 68ft... It was those tomatoes that had been started indoors, about 100 of them of quite a few varietals!
We ran out of wire clothes hanger stakes (used with hemp string to outline the beds) so that was it for the day as by that time (about 2 hours later) we were feeling nippish. Hot chocolate, latte machiata and coffee with yummy pastries at the bakery cafe down the street went down very well; picked up a cream caramel cake for desert for Mother's day dinner too. Called it a day.
Here's the diagram of the patch as of May 12 (subject to changes of course).