First we planted the peanuts. An experiment for us this year. He tilled the sod, we raked the sod, we shoveled the sod, we dumped the sod…there was a lot of sod, sod is heavy. He made the rows, I sat on my butt and planted. There are more effective ways to plant but I considered this a break.
Next was the orchard that needed the sod removed. Straight to the rototiller and shoveling it off, more direct and at this point it was a “get it done” kind of feeling. Then mulch it, oh yeah, we also planted 12 sweet potatoes down the middle of the orchard. The lime green 15-20 foot vines per plant should make for nice ground cover.
This is all an attempt to mow less lawn. Yes, we feel mowing is a huge waste of time. I have always teased that men who hate their wives spend an eternity mowing fields of lawn, it gets them out of the house. If we could figure out what else to grow that we could walk on, we would gladly do it. At this point it is to mulch and garden as much of the yard as we can.
On to the vegetable garden. The first 5 pack raised bed is the herb garden with the weather vane acting as a trellis for the cantaloupe. We have Lemon Thyme, Winter Thyme, Lemon Balm, Vietnamese Cilantro, Dill, Cilantro, Rosemary, Greek Oregano, Parsley, Summer Savory, Garlic Chives, Onion Chives, Sweet Marjoram, Sage and an entire bed for the Basil (Genovese, Lime, Lemon, and Thai). The Mint and Tarragon are kept separate in one by one boxes as they can take over a garden in a short season.
After the garlic and onions beds ,W built some fantastic hoops for the cucumbers, squash, sugar pumpkin and zucchini. There are two of them that stretch between two beds each. If you have seen any of our posts you will be well aware that we thoroughly enjoy tunnels of all kinds and gardening is no exception. The carrots and beets share one of the beds, the middle one has the rutabaga in the middle and green beans on the end, the last of the trio has the peas planted in circles using the tomato cages for support.
There are two 4 x 2 beds that are spinach, lettuce, radish, and celery. As the greens are picked they will be replanted. The 1 x 1 beds at this end are for one Horse Radish each.
Beyond the tunnels is the final 5 piece bed with a lovely bean ladder that was a last minute thought and build. The beans are edged with Lavender and the extensions are Ox Heart Tomatoes, Jalapeno peppers, red/green/yellow peppers, and yellow beans. The Cherry tomatoes, organic tomatoes (gleaned from a farmer’s market tomato), a couple of ox heart’s and remaining peppers are staying in the green house. We lost so much to blight last year that we are doubling up and trying other options to ensure produce in the fall.
I should mention that the green house has been totally painted white in this time frame as well. I love climbing so doing the rafters was right up my alley. To top it off we had an old light fixture kicking around in the basement waiting for it’s purpose. This is it. We hot glued the solar lights into the light bulb spots, touched them up with a little cream paint to blend and voila, green house solar chandelier.
This is the end of a few long satisfying days. It’s dark and time to rest while enjoying the glow of our labor.
Sweet dreams one and all.