State of the Garden -Late Fall 2021
The whole of the fenced garden is 60x70 with 6" wove wire 8' tall
Starting last fall, we built the first beds inside the newly leveled and fenced garden area.
Garlic, shallots and a few fall greens were planted immediately.
This spring about 3/4 of the fenced area was put into typical garden vegetable production.
An additional 15x38' area was temporaily fenced and hand tilled for a crop of sweet corn and is currently in diakon radish for cover.
14 cuyd of mushroom compost were delivered last year, and 14 yd of Tru-leaf compost this year.
I had 4-8' beds made in spring 2020 or prior that were brought inside the fenced area -compost and all.
Only a few yards of the Tru-leaf remain unused.
The bed were filled with pure compost early on, but last winter I discovered the spot of an old feed lot (10-20 years old?) overgrown in poke, thistle, chicweed.
I cleared this by hand and grubbed out the poke roots.
I've hauled 5-10yd of the "bardyard dirt" and have been blending about 50/50 with the compost to fill beds.
Along with another smaller area of the same compostion I estimate almost 20 yards of very rich dark soil available for filling beds.
All my plantout beds are 42" wide
I'm in the process of building 4- 22', 8-10' and 8- 8' with 4' paths between them.
Some already have homemade concrete side panels 11.5" tall.
Some have 1.5" x 12" pine or fir sides
Some have been dug into the sandy clay subsoil 8-12" with the excavate mounded a few inches around the perimeter
Some beds have not been started except for a crop of Austrian Winter Peas being currently grown in the space currently planned for tomatoes
A 2' inner and 2' outer border for most of the 60x70 is being developed for herbs, flowers, asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, gourds, whatever.
Outside the garden on the north end, grass and weeds are being scalded out for red and black raspberries plants that are on order for a 60' row of each next spring
(Early Plans subject to change without notice)
22' bed of sweet peppers (28)
Carmen F1 (Johnny's) -16
Sulu Adana (self-saved) -2
Ancient Sweet (self-saved) -1
Jimmy Nardello (self-saved) -5
Jimmy NarYellow (self-saved) -1
Big Jim (2021-2021 Seedtrain)-3
10' bed of medium hots (12)
Zapotec Jalapenos (Baker Creek) -4
Yaki Blue Fawn (PaulG) -3
Cabe Merah Panjang (self-saved) -1
SB Papa Dreadie (self-saved) -4
Potted or Mini-beds of Supers and Misc
Aji Charapitas (Richmond Dave) -1
Aji Ahuachapan (Harry_Dangler) -1
Red Habanero (Richmond Dave) -1
Shishito (self-saved and 2021-2021 Seedtrain)-2
UFO (Richmond Dave) -2
Total Pepper Plantouts Target -48
Sometimes I pre-soak 24hrs. Sometimes I don't.
Gerninate in starter mix in cups on a heatmat set to 85F
Transplant about 72 plants at coty stage (usually 14-28 days after sowing
4 trays of 18 allows for extras.
3.5" square x 5" deep P86D pots (43.75cu in each) in 18 pocket liners with Extra Heavy Duty 10x20 trays from Greenhouse Megastore
Uses about 2 cuft of 15gal of starter soil mix. (This seems like a lot but the calculator said 1.82 cuft)
Starter Soil recipeFor 15 gallons
Start 30-60 days before needed for "aging" to allow beneficial fungal and microbial growth and organic nutrient breakdown to begin.
7.5 gal Sphagnum Moss
3.75 gal Perlite
3.75 gal Tru-Leaf compost
2 cup Kelp Meal (1-0-2)
3 cup Plantone (5-3-3)
2 cup Comfrey Compost Tea (homemade)
1/2 cup Feed Molasses (dissolve in the comfrey compost tea)
2 cup Dolomite
8 cup Glacial Rock Dust
Mix throughly and store damp (not soggy) in waterproof container in place not subject to prolonged freeze. (Like in a contractor waste bag in a garage)
For an Early-Mid May plantout
Start chinensis Feb 1
Start baccatum Feb 21
Start annum March 7
I have a 50% shade cloth that I used for baby trees last summer that will come in handy for hardening plants off.
We live near a ridgetop and wind is vicious especially in, but not limited to, winter, spring, early summer and late fall.
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