Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Garden Update

I have two garden plots, one that has soil which is as good as gold and one that is not.

My older, tiny plot will grow anything as I've been working the soil for over sixteen years. Right now I've got a San Marzano tomato and an Early Girl tomato growing alongside three different types of lettuce. I love my "back 40" as I like to call it.
San Marzano Tomato

Early Girl tomato and assorted lettuce
Last summer because of how small this plot is, I had my older son dig up a large patch of grass in my backyard grass area so I could a) say goodbye to the garden plot I had at a local community garden b) grow more vegetables in my own backyard.  I had high hopes for this new plot as it was south facing and thought the soil was in pretty good shape because the grass always looked so good.....my mistake.  Nothing is growing here. Cabbage, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, onions, garlic, shallots have all floundered.

I know, so bare!  Someday a cute red barn will be in the corner. 
It could be the lack of sun but since I cannot make the sun change it's course to orbit directly over my house (and avoid the neighbors trees) I'm going to work on the soil.  Mr. UPS man brought me my new garden toy yesterday...yay!

Yes, I have a cultivator/tiller!  Once I till the soil, I will test it to see what amendments I need and try again.  I'm still hoping for canning multiple quarts of tomatoes late this summer...I'm such a dreamer.

I'm off to a much needed yoga class. Hope you all have a great day,
Susan

7 comments:

  1. Wohoo! Sounds like you've got a great day planned! Can you blog how you are going to test the soil, etc? This is something I'm learning about right now & would love to know how you're going to tackle this project.

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  2. Hmmm the lack of sun may be your biggest problem. We had a similar lot in Michigan (which was also cold). We had lots of shade, and couldn't grow anything for the 3 summers we were there. We love composted manure (store-bought, in bags) for amending soil. Whatever you do, don't till old straw into it, like we did many years ago. It introduced so many pests and weeds into our garden, that we were never really able to get rid of.

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  3. Your garden looks great! Well, the old one, anyway. I'm sure you'll get that new one producing like crazy in no time. I've got loads of gardening to get done today, too. Have fun with your new tiller!

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  4. Awesome! Do you compost for your garden?

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  5. Sounds fun. Now, if the May Gray will just go away......

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  6. wow - what a pro you are! Good luck with your new toy & soil samples and such! (Would LOVE san Marzano tomatoes at my fingertips!)

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  7. Let us know how you like that tiller!

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