Monday, May 9, 2011
Planting and Watering
We've finished the steps and put gravel on the paths around the garden pads!
Now that the cosmetics are done, we have to learn about TLC for our starts. We've been gradually hardening the tomatoes, peppers, squash and cucumbers (the warmth-loving plants) hoping they will adjust to our still chilly weather if we put them out for 2 or 3 hours a day for a few days. We're on a schedule to increase their outdoor time a little each day over the next 10 days, at which time we'll bravely plant them in our troughs.
Meanwhile, we are still top-watering the lettuce, beats and spinach on the sunny days. The water from the reservoir at the bottom of the troughs should be wicking upward, plus it's been raining a little most days. Although it's guess-work about how much to water them, they're looking pretty perky and healthy, a good sign.
We bought carrot (Nantes Half Long) and radish (Cherry Belle) seeds today! On the recommendation of our Master Gardner friend, Megan, we're going to mix the seeds and sprinkle them into a half-inch ditch. If all goes well, the radishes will appear first, be thinned, and be ready to eat in about 3 weeks. Meanwhile, the slower carrots will emerge in 2-3 weeks. We'll begin harvesting them mid to late July.
Hollie continues to be the garden supervisor, curious and attentive to all we do out there.