May 19, 2015
After going 100 miles an hour for the last month, it is strange to not really have anything to do around here. This is a good time to take a vacation! 🙂 Too bad this is also a great time to have a wedding (hubby is a wedding photographer) 😉
I am still planting lettuce, carrots, kale, squash (summer and winter), melons (watermelons and cantaloupe), and cucumbers every two weeks…I will start planting sweet potato slips at the end of May…but right now, I am having a hard time finding things to do.
Gardening with a cover (the BTE way) means there is very little weeding. However, since I used some fresh horse manure to cover our garden this winter (our chickens don’t poop enough 😉 ), those areas are getting my attention these days. (before weeding)After weedingThe garden beds/sections covered in chicken poop rarely need to be weeded at all!(no weeds in the carrot/beet/lettuce bed that was covered in chicken manure & woodchips this past fall)
We noticed some bermuda grass growing through our newly mulched area so I dug it out, put down some more newspaper, and recovered with mulch.
You really have to stay on top of bermuda grass with whatever garden you have but with the BTE garden, if you dig out & re-cover with newspaper & mulch diligently, after a year or so, you will be rid of it 🙂 You just have to make sure to pull all of the seedlings in the spring that blow in from the field 😛
Are you enjoying the lull? We are enjoying all of our greens and strawberries (of course) as we eagerly anticipate our upcoming harvests of peas, potatoes, carrots, and beets!(starting to see potato plants flowering) (purple peas are starting to flower) (my daughter’s peas are setting pods – she planted in full sun whereas mine were grown in partial shade (we have seen a big difference – note for the future!) )
My lull came in early May. I’ve been really busy the last week. Yesterday I got some parsnips and turnips in. Tomorrow corn and squash are on the docket.