Two days back we, the gang of spuds and I, decided to wing it (Go Wings!) and plant them up. Or deep down. Yes, definitely deep down. That was their choice. I could have gone either way with doing that or just tossing them on top of the lawn. Either way something is bound to happen with them. It would be heaps easier finding them all at the end of the season wouldn't it?!?
This years method of choice is to place the heavily chitted pieces directly on top of the 2nd layer in the double-dug process. First foot layer being most of the top soil. The second is the broken up hardpan, heavy clay in my case. Break up the hardpan with a garden fork. Place one piece every 9-12". Layer the topsoil back over it. Thus making them about a foot down. What this will eventually give you is a bed that only has to be bothered with twice. Once during planting and twice at harvest. No constant hilling needed. How good is that!
Updating everyone on the brassica and lettuce plantings. They are all snug and thriving. The subfreezing days and nights haven't fazed them. Yesterday the blustery weather did wreak some havoc on the garlics planted out on the first. Those in the east garden bed were unaffected. The green house structure build last year keeps the wind out with the large shoji like screen panels on the sides. A number of garlic from the front yard were roughed up. The winds were strong enough to bend the tops completely over. Not to worry. I am positive its transitionary, when it warms up they will resume taking off.
Oh yes. Picked up some Azomite this afternoon. I'm sure everyone is familiar with it. Rock dusts to remineralize our depleted soils. Apparently in the early 20th century there was a senate report discussing (circa 1920) this. If I recall, our soils contain 80% less minerals. What this means for you and I is even as we are meeting our caloric needs we possibly are still starving ourselves. Our foods to no fault of their own have no way of being as nutritious as they should be. Taking vitamin supplements is a joke. Many of them are never digested. They are simply being flushed down the waterways. The only one I consume is B12. A vitamin derived from the bacteria that creates it. Not animal nor plant. Another side effect of our modern living is the lack of helpful microbes because of irrational cleanliness. A dusty carrot from your organic garden isn't going to strike us dead, Folks. Just remember to replace the minerals in our soils. We are all expecting that produce to lead us to better health.
We purchased a number of plastic seed trays today from an amazing local garden shop. It was exciting finding Azomite there. Saved $30 over having it shipped. V and I spent the early evening planting up a bunch more spinach, beets, radishes, and the various 11 flower varieties. Our soil mixture is a blend of coir, perlite, compost, Azomite, and myccorhizae. I think it should provide a good foundation for them to start. Later I will plant them into garden soil amended with more Azomite, compost, and myccorhizae.
Sadly some of the plants seem to be a little off. I've been thinking that they need a bit of fertilizer. Yesterday, we purchased fish emulsion. Oh geesh. What a horrible idea that was. It smells horrid. I'm sure it is quite useful. The thought of it, however, makes me decided to return it for a refund. Here's to sticking with plant based nutrition. Leaf mould. Green manures. Rich compost tea.
Oh! Lastly. You all know that we planted corn. 5 kernels of which have become quite the foot tall plantings. That was until Kiki decided to give them a trim. Replanted them to one gallon pots a piece. Good thing we purchased a bunch of large day lilies last year for the english garden. Now we have a few good pots to repurpose. They were done with the dixie cups after several weeks. The roots were running races around the bottom of the cups. When I gently broke them apart from each other (they were incredibly woven together amongst themselves) the roots were over a foot long. Incredible. That should hold them out for another couple weeks until after last frost when the final decision of putting them in blocks of 5 gallon pots for the season or in a bed to their own will be made.
Happy Gardening everyone!
ps. look out for that supplemental in the works.