10 Jun 2011

the garden plot just after being tilled.

What a transformation the garden has gone through!
When i first started putting seeds in the ground, I wasn't completely sure what i was doing. How to prepare the soil, what to add, etc, etc. This was all trial and error. When planting lettuce, chard, kale and beet (extremely small seeds!), i took a plot of land that was previously tilled with a tractor, and attempted to rake out the crab grass/weeds and define plant beds. I began on the West side of the plot. It proved to be pretty time-consuming, with not much of a good result. At the same time, i was compacting the newly aerated soil with my feet. Although myself and a wwoofer, a good friend of mine from toronto, ended planting rows of lettuce, chard and kale, i all but abandoned it about a week later when loads and loads of crabgrass ended coming up. With the rain, and type of soil we had, the soil crusted over, leaving a desert like dry, sandy crust, which tiny little lettuce seeds must have hard time coming through (in retrospect, some plants did survive, photos to follow).
I began on the East side of the garden, and planted about 20 tomato plants, in double dug holes, mixed in with manure and compost. About 7 of the tomato plants are grown by yours truly by seed (!!!) which was an exciting accomplishment for me, having only grown one tomato plant last year on my former apartment's balcony, which produced, one, that's right ONE tomato!!! The other 13 tomato plants that i planted in the East plot came from the Tree and Twig Farm, located in Wellandport, ON.
Just today, as i was re-doing the Western plots, thru the crabgrass proliferation, there were Mizuna plants, kale plants and even beets, seriously stunted, but somehow pushing their heads through the soil! I was able to salvage about 30 - 40 extremely small plants from the radish, beet, kale, mizuna and lettuce plots that were over-grown with crabgrass! I then transferred these plants to a bed with triple mix (which also acts as a mulch), to see if any of these plants will survive.

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