I think this year, with everything going on, it's a good time to bring back the gardening thread.
It's fun and educational to read everyone's tips and tricks.
Some here know, I'm a big canner. Not something a lot of people do anymore, but so worth the effort.
So, I always put in a big garden.
I'm doing things a little different this year. I've been hearing about how tomato plants, and so many other types, are being sold out. So I
thought I would try starting from seed again.
I'm not gonna lie, I seem to have terrible luck, starting them in the house. They get about an inch or two, then die off. But, I'm giving it
I've got Kale, and a couple tomato's popping up, so fingers crossed. Any advice is more than welcome. But I don't have a light to put on them,
they are on a plant stand, in front of the back French door, that faces south, so lots of light. I've been spraying them lightly in the morning and
at night, so they are just "damp".
Ok, as far as the actual garden.
Last year, despite all the rain, and ruined corn in the fields here in MI, my corn did great, better than the previous few years, and I was able to
can almost 40 jars, so I won't be planting corn this year. It got me thinking I should change up how I garden. I'm going to switch up crops every
other year. I always rotate, as far as where I put things, but this way I can focus on only a couple types of veggies, so I don't feel so
overwhelmed when canning this fall.
So I will be planting Tomatoes, Peas, cabbage, peppers, carrots and kale. Maybe a few other things like lettuce, just for eating during the
I had a problem with blight last year, so I have thick black plastic over the garden, to heat up the soil, as it is supposed to kill it. I don't
actually start planting in the garden until Memorial weekend, so I'm hoping that is enough time.
The ground has been prepped all winter, with fertilizer, as that is where I dump all the poop, when cleaning out the chicken coop. I starting
putting it in a pile for the next year, about February.
One thing I really enjoy, before the garden gets planted, is watching hubby rototill for me, pre planting (that's the extent of his gardening help
all year, it has a motor! LOL)
While he is doing it, he looks like the pied piper, with all the chickens and ducks following him back and forth down the rows.
So, what are your tips and tricks? Are you doing anything different this year, with all the craziness?
Here is one tip, that works great for me, for my tomato's.
I've shared it before, but for those that haven't seen it, it works so great. They are 20' cattle panels, from TSC. We put stakes in the ground,
push it up, then put stakes on the other side to hold it up. I will make a tunnel out of them, then plant the tomato's right up close, then
"weave" them through as they grow. It holds them up nicely, is easy to weed around, and makes harvesting easier.