Saturday, March 10, 2012

Planting Garden

This morning we planted our garden. While our main garden is still muddy, Ed thought our upper garden would be dry enough to roto-till.



Though the sun was warm, the wind made coats feel good. After tilling, Ed made the furrows with a push plow. He is far better than me at making straight rows.



We had eager helpers to plant potatoes.



We planted two pound of pea seeds, two pound of onion sets, and 25 pound of seed potatoes. Later we will plant more onions and potatoes.

I think we are meeting our goal to focus on growing the basic vegetables - but planting lots of them! We figured we planted a quarter acre this morning.



If you read this and think you are late in planting your garden - don't worry. You southerners are probably picking fresh strawberries by now, but for those in zone 6 in Pennsylvania, there is no rush in planting garden yet. The old timers always say to plant potatoes on Good Friday which is still weeks away.

Maybe we were in a rush today, but the next few weeks look crazy. We know from experience, when the ground is dry enough to plant, we need to move quickly. With our clay ground, sometimes rain showers will keep us out of the garden for most of the spring.

When do you plan to plant your garden?

19 comments :

  1. My husband and I got acquainted over planting onions over 40 years ago. Good memories.

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  2. Here in a suburb of Dallas, TX, we have planted onions, potatoes, and sugar snap peas thus far. We are thrilled at all the rain the Lord has given us after being in a drought last year. Here shortly, we will be planting tomatoes, peppers, squash and zuchinni.

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  3. We don't plant until the first weekend in May due to frost. I have to start plants indoors and I am planning to do that in about two weeks.

    You guys worked hard. Good for you!!!

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  4. We spent time in the garden today, clearing the branches and wood from a tree my husband had cut down. It's too early to plant and we are quite busy otherwise with boiling maple sap to syrup. I am enjoying your lovely blog and baking your Oatmeal Honey Sourdough Bread today!

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  5. We planted our potatoes yesterday too! Do you start seeds indoors too? I'm thinking about starting my tomatoes indoors this week. :)

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  6. I have been starting some of my seeds this past couple of weeks. We still have some snow on the ground in Central Wisconsin, although today it is 60, loving it. Thinking we maybe able to get some things in earlier this year if the weather stays warm. Anxious to get into the garden again.
    Have fun gardening!

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  7. It is time here to plant onions, peas, cabbage and such. Possibly even potatoes. We have some of our first garden ready and hoping to get started planting soon. Seeing your pictures makes me want to get started. Enjoy your day and God bless.

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  8. Gina, I love reading your blog! It's so informative on all the things I love! You and your family are so beautiful and blessed! I live in zone 7 in Northeast Alabama and we are not picking strawberries yet! They are blooming, however. I've recently planted potatoes, onions, and garlic. My tiny tomato plants are doing nicely inside, by the window. I hope to set them out the first of April. I also am starting pepper plants and eggplants, which are coming up nicely, as well. All the rest will be planted directly into the garden. Thanks for sharing you life with us! Blessings from Bama!

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  9. We will be planting next weekend...and can hardly wait! Like Kim, we have also been blessed with lots of rain this spring. I hope it continues through the summer! Also, in addition to our garden, we are building a chicken pen for our now 3 week old chicks. They're living in the greenhouse for the time being and seem to be quite happy! (although I'm ready to have my space back)

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  10. Natural Mama -
    I don't have a good place to start seeds indoors. I only start a little lettuce, parsley and broccoli. My mother-in-law has a whole light setup in her basement. She starts tomatoes and peppers for me.
    Gina

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  11. We are still a long way from planting in the garden (we are in area 4)though I can smell Spring in the air :)

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  12. Our planting day is Memorial Day, but with the mild winter and what seems like an early spring, we may get it in a little early this year. I like to plant peas, beans, lettuce, carrots, kale early. All else gets started in the green house and planted on Memorial Day.

    Last year we ordered some strawberries and an apple tree which came to us in March... a full three months from the appropriate time for planting them. I put the strawberry plants in the refrigerator and kept them moist and they did OK. The apple tree was kept on near the wall of the camper where it was cool and we planted in May as soon as we could. We still had 2 ft of snow in March. All did well, so guess it wasn't a loss. I don't know where they thought we were, but ought to adjust their shipping schedule.

    I'm so happy you got to plant. Sorry about the sore muscles... happens to all of us I guess.

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  13. My gardening partner and I are gearing up. Here in the Frozen Northeast Ohio we might be able to put in some spinach and carrots and several other things soon...if it would stop raining. We are also constructing our "potato towers" so that we can get started on those. The dirt calls me.

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  14. Hoping to get my onions, broccoli, cabbage, and peas in the garden next week. Lettuce and spinach are on the schedule for planting this week. The rest of the garden we always wait until May 1 because of late frosts and cold spells.

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  15. We should be planting now, but with most things, we are behind schedule. Maybe next week we can start things off.

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  16. we are in zone 3 just South of Winnipeg MB, just planting peppers and onions inside this week... we usually plant the tender stuff out around May long weekend (21st). (we get the peas and cooler stuff in a little earlier). We were x-country sking and skating in the backyard last week end... however we are in the middle of a warm snap and the snow is going quickly... kids had the rubbers out in the mud and puddles today... Good luck with the garden! Rod and Colleen

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  17. Here is western PA, we are a mix of zones 5 and 6. We have planted potatoes as early as St. Patrick's Day with mixed results. Some years the seed potatoes rotted in the ground and other years we had a pretty nice crop. I think we'll wait until early April this year. I have to get the seeds started very soon or we won't have much of a garden.

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  18. Oh gardening!!Cannot wait to get going! It was motivating to read your post and how you are focusing on the basics. We just moved and so have not been able to do much outside yet, did plant a few herbs (good thing for a herbalist, huh?) But very ready to get out there and get going .Oh so sorry about your aching muscles. I sell a wonderful arnica balm that is great for aching muscles and bruises. www.patchesofthyme.com Blessings on your garden.

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  19. I wanted to plant potatoes this week but we've had just enough rain to keep it too wet to till. Hubby plowed a couple of weeks ago, we just can't get it tilled! The weather is warm here in central WV and we have an almond tree in bloom. We also have been known to get frost in May or once in a great while in June. It'll get in eventually.

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