Thursday, February 18, 2010

I planted the last 16 seed potatoes tonight

1 bed done and all the rest to go. I moved the compost pile also since there was a little light left. I am really enjoying the whole process. Ron rototilled again tonight as well. I think we will get the greenhouse done and the greens plant this weekend. Fingers crossed.

Until next time

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Potato Patch is in

I feel really good about what I accomplished today and the weather was great. I started the day by hauling a couple of loads of compost and wood chips to get the clay soil amended. The rototiller made quick work of the small plot (thanks Ron for getting that thing running so well).

I like the trench method for potatoes so I put my shovel to work and dug 13 furrows. I planted 70 potatoes and 2 horseradish (because I wanted to). I still have 2 open furrows for either yellow finn or cranberry red (AKA all red), whichever I find first. I have started using so you can check out everything I have growing. This site was suggested by the Geek.Farm.Life podcast. Thanks Andrew and Misty.

I really, really, really need to get some other things done but prepping the patch took 6 hrs and I was ready for a shower. I am behind on the greens and garlic. I need to transplant the onion starts to the garden and re-pot the cucumbers. The work is starting to pile up but it will all get done, sooner or later. I am in to what I have heard called, "good enough gardening". The rows aren't straight and things get in late but it is just a hobby and that will just have to be good enough. It's just my yard anyway.

Until next time

Friday, February 12, 2010

It has been raining for most of the week so I have gotten nothing done... and the Olympics opening ceremonies because they are on.

I plan on spending at least 1 day this weekend out there, rain or shine. If I wake up and it is raining, I am going to take the wife to Silverdale for maternity clothes because she needs some. It is our first child so she still needs to get geared up.

I love the Olympics but the lip syncing is horrible. I am glad that the athletes can't phone it in like that. I apologize for the odd comment but I am watching the opening ceremonies while I type. Bryan Adams co-wrote the song and doesn't know when to hold the prop mic to his face. Suxxx

Anyway.... the wet has kept us from gluing the seams on the greenhouse so I might get that done if it clears up. If not, I am going to top-dress the greens area and plant something. I know it is February but the temp is plenty high enough.

I planted some lemon cucumbers in the house and they sprouted in 5 days. I have planted them out doors before and it took weeks for them to get going. Now what am I going to do with them for the next month? The strawberries have been exactly the opposite. There has been about 20% germination and they are super small still.

Everything else seems to be going to plan though which is amazing. I really need to get on the garden plan but I have never had a garden big enough to need one so I don't know where to start. The best way I know to start an overwhelming job is to pick something and to it. That is the next step.

The opening ceremonies really improved after the Bryan and Nelly song got over. They have done an incredible job. It is so beautiful. I loved the native thing during the march as well with the dancing in costume. Great job Canada.

Until next time

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Rototilling is done so now to the green house.

Ron has been happily rototilling along.

Cousin Kenny and I got the compost spread out yesterday morning and Ron finished mixing it in. The dirt looks great for a first year garden. The coffee grounds, wood chips, compost and elbow grease have changed this lot from a playground into someplace you can grow food.

Next up is the greenhouse. It is going to be 8' X 12' with a 2' raised planting area around the bottom. There will also be some work tables but we will figure them out later.

Until next time

Friday, February 5, 2010

Compost Delivered

thanks to lazy j's tree farm for delivering it. It would have taken quite a few pickup loads to get it here. 7 yards is a big pile. Next up, spreading it. Should be a job lol.

Monday, February 1, 2010


I have had the droid for about a month now and I still like it. The UI is great, I have been able to find an app to handle everything I need to do and when Android 2.1 hits I will have flash.

Taking pictures is still slow but that is the only fault I have found. It has been good gear overall and what more can you ask for.