New Seeds Spring 2010 & Garden Prep

I received both of my seed orders last week. With the exception of my potatoes order, I have everything in now. I’m in planting mode now.

Here’s what I bought to add to my leftovers from last year.

From SeedSaver’s Exchange…

  • Cinnamon Basil OG
  • Calypso Beans OG
  • Listada de Gandia Eggplant OG
  • British Wonder Pea OG
  • Anna Swartz Hubbard Squash OG
  • Ailsa Craig Onion
  • Grandma Einck’s Dill OG
  • Napoleon Sweet Pepper OG
  • Sunberry OG
  • Sultan’s Green Crescent Bean OG
  • Purple Pod Pole Bean OG
  • Sweet Marjoram OG
  • Galeux d’ Eysines Squash OG
  • Ireland Creek Annie Bean OG
  • Bushy Cucumber OG
  • Aurora Pepper OG
  • Golden Midget Watermelon OG
  • Arugula (aka Roquette) OG
  • Snow Fancy Pickling Cucumber OG
  • Black Mountain Watermelong OG
  • Hidatsa Shield Figure Bean OG
  • Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean OG

From FreedomSeeds…

  • Ashworth Yellow Sweet Corn OG
  • Provider Beans OG
  • Valencia Tomato OG
  • Brandywine Tomato OG
  • California Wonder Pepper OG
  • Eden’s Gem Melon OG
  • Petit Gris Melon OG
  • Prize Choy, Pac Choi OG
  • Double Yield Cucumber OG

I bought a nice little Moleskin-like notebook in which I am tracking, among other things, my seeds and planting schedule. I’m using the Texas A&M Extension recommended planting dates for our area of Texas. We are in an 8A zone. Today is February 28th. That means I need to get the following in the ground within the next day or two. Beets, Spinach, Carrots, Parsley, & Onions. I’ll also start putting my herbs and flowers in the ground this week. They include marjoram, sage, lavender, basil, oregano, dill, chives, thyme, marigolds, echinacea, & sunflowers. This year I again am planting in two different gardens. There is the small one in our backyard, 32 square feet, and the large one at the family acres, ~2900 square feet. I’ll be putting mostly herbs and flowers in at home. The bulk of the veggies and beans will be planting in the larger garden.

We just weeded the small garden. My wife and sons helped. The soil still is loose and rich. No problems there, with one exception. There are some ants living on the corner of each of the 4×4 square foot garden frames. As I growing everything organically, I’m limited in how I can deal with them. My first effort will be boiling water. That does fairly well, but doesn’t always keep them away. I may remove the corner soil, with the ants in it and replace it. Fortunately, they are not fire ants, so I am only a little concerned at this point. Still, I’d rather they be gone.

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Back To Gardening

All of my gardening plans were put on hold. My wife’s grandpa passed away. We had to take a trip to attend the funeral. He had a long life with many friends and a large family. He lived well.

 

Now my attention is turned back towards our garden and our backyard overhaul. My seedlings made it through the two nights of freezing temperatures, thanks to the leaves and plastic with which I covered them. My boys were so excited to uncover them and see how the seedlings are doing. This week we finally will get around to planting the other 4’x4′ square. We’ll also begin work on the treehouse and plant several decorative plants my wife got for the patio and yard. Nearby our neighborhood is a place that is offering decent dirt by the car/truck load for free. We may pick up some of that this weekend to build up part of our yard for more planting.

 

I have decided to extend my planting to around the side of our house. I am going to build a long planter box to line the fence beside our side walkway. In there I’ll be planting a variety of herbs, both medicinal and culinary. The area gets good noon and afternoon sun; I think they’ll do fine there.

 

Having seen the pooling from the rain a few days ago, I think I will be leveling portions of our backyard. I plan on using the post and string method to measure for level across different points of the yard and then to build up the ground until I get a more uniform surface (leaving a mild slope to keep the water from running towards the house.