May 4, 2008

planted more veggies

Today Jeremiah and I really dug into the garden to plant more veggies, Jen also came over and planted some starts.

Jeremiah and I planted radishes, corn, 3 kinds of zuchini, cilantro, sunflowers, and "super sugar snap peas." We have a lot more of the sugar snap pea starts right now b/c of Vince's donation from 21 Acres. Getting these planted is a priority.

Jen planted mustard greens.

I also cover cropped some patches of ground that are very much clay with winter rye and vetch to try and break up some of that clay and build it up for next season.

Using lots of organic fertlizers like chicken manure (nitrogen), Rock Phosphate (calcium and phosophorous), bloodmeal (nitrogen), and dolomite lime (calcium and magnesium, sweetens soil to lessen acid conditions). Soil in the pacific northwest is slow to respond to compost because generally cool temperatures slow down the microbial action that makes the nutrients in compost available to vegetables.

As a result, for first time gardens it behooves folk to add powdered or pelleted ammendmnets because they are, comparatively speaking, immediately available. The are activated first by tilling them into the soil at their recommended application rates (almost always explained on the packaging) and second by watering them in once they are there.

"Before" Pictures! - Looking North

"Before" Pictures! - Looking North
Longfellow in Feb 2008