I have decided to document the kinds of vegetables that I plant and their progress through the year. I have been experimenting with different types of the same vegetables and really need to keep track of how they do. Last week we planted 30 cabbage slips. I believe they were Market Pride.
Today I put down 18 broccoli plants of two different types, Packman and Major. The Packman plants looked much healthier. It’s not a lot of broccoli but it’s late to be planting it and I am not sure how it is going to do. We still should have some to freeze and some to eat. I also planted Bloomsdale Savoy spinach and Salad Bowl lettuce. Salad Bowl is a leaf lettuce, it does not head up but it grows quickly and is delicious.
We also planted a whole row of yellow onions. We added lime to the row this year as they did not fare terribly well last year. They didn’t die but they weren’t much more than an inch in diameter. Hopefully they will do better this year.
We decided not to plant black eyed peas or any of the dried beans that we eat on a regular basis. When I can buy a bag of dry beans for about a buck, it just doesn’t make sense to plant them. The money for seeds and the labor to harvest them is better spent on something that is more expensive.
We are champing at the bit to get the real summer favorites planted. It’s still a bit to early to plant tomatoes, peppers and squash. I have lost them too often to a late spring frost. The cabbage type plants will actually winter over even if it’s in single digits so I don’t worry about a few chilly nights for them.
Randy is laying off rows with the tractor. This is a new experience for me but he SWEARS we will not be over run with wire grass this year. The tractor means that we have much, much more space between the rows and we are planting them lengthwise in the garden instead of across the width. This will allow him to cultivate between the rows with the tractor.
Now the bunny rabbits are a whole different ball game and I am still considering putting up a small fence around the garden but it will have to be moveable so he can get the tractor in and out. If you remember last year, the wild bunnies ate almost all of our green beans. We eat a lot of green beans over the year and not having them from the garden really hurt our budget.