Archive for May, 2009

It was a Minor Setback

BUMMER: The “compost” we got is a joke that is unable to support life and our seeds were not able to germinate without enough nutrients. Mom and Dad had to remove all the tomatoes and cabbages and destroy our seed plantings in order to mix verrmiculite, peat and manure into the “compost” to create a usable nutrient-rich soil. They replanted the tomatoes (third planting!!) and the cabbages. We will have to start over with our seeds.

The manure came from my uncle John Dailey’s horses in Farmington. We got the vermiculite and peat moss from local nurseries but we think that vermiculite often comes from Montana and a lot of peat is Canadian.

BUMMER: I was gone camping for the weekend and I took the sunscreen with me, leaving the parents with nothing but a lot of discouragement and hard labor out in the boiling lava hot sun.


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See, It’s OK That We Killed Them

To replace the cabbages that we roasted to death under hot caps, Heather Alexander from Moscow gave us 6 green and 3 red cabbages, which we planted. We also planted some marigolds, which are very bright and cheery and really spruce the place up.

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We’ve Got Cornrows but Don’t Worry, They Aren’t in Our Hair

I planted four rows of corn today and we got strawberries from “David’s”. David is the neighbor of good friends of ours who live here in Palouse. He wanted his strawberry patch gone so we just went and dug as many as we wanted.

HOT weather still holding!

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Lots going on today; we planted tons of petunias in pots in the front and back of the house and three hills of Hubbard squash seeds from the Daoist hermitage in Genessee, Idaho. There are an excellent source of seeds as they are high quality and nearby. Also a great information source for our gardening and (future) chickens.

Dad built two 4-foot garden boxes, completing our second row of raised beds!

The transplanted raspberries are already doing great and five potato plants are already up, woot!

BUMMER: 5 cabbage plants died of thirst under hotcaps… oops.

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Farm Eggs Taste Good!

We picked up 10-dozen fresh eggs from a neighbor for a mere $1 per dozen. Cheap, so much better than store eggs and more humane to boot.

Dad built two more 8-foot garden boxes for the backyard while Mom and I cleared dead cuttings from the Aspen grove, limbed and sawed up a dead tree and hauled three truck loads of yard waste to the city compost pile. Also trimmed back our tulips.

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Change in Plans, But Moving Right Along

We have decided that instead of building our potting shed first, we will start with a chicken coop. The chicken house is more immediate and necessary and it is also a simpler project, which is probably a good place to start. So the shed is out, the chickens are in.

We started leveling an area in the backyard for another 4’x8′ raised garden bed to go in. We also thinned out the grove of Aspen trees on the north side of the house and it’s looking very good.

We planted baby bok choy, kale, romaine lettuce, arugula, endive, spicy salad mix, zucchini and buttercup squash!

Having HOT weather.

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The Wrath of the Veg: Don’t Hurt Us

We hauled in two more loads of compost from SYG and filled in an 8-foot raised bed and a 4-foot raised bed. That completes our first row of garden boxes in the backyard! We realized we were in la-la-land planting our tomatoes and cabbage so close together yesterday so we replanted ALL to allow greater spacing. They should be happier now so I hope they aren’t angry about getting uprooted. If so, we could be in trouble because they know where we live! (Unless they are pretty darn stupid.)

Our first row of raised beds is in!

Our first row of raised beds is in!

In the lower garden spot we planted a row each of yellow and red onion sets and a row of Moulin Rouge sunflowers, started indoors from seed.

At the edge of the yard we scooped out several holes in the ground and filled them with good compost. In some of these we planted cucumbers and acorn squash.

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