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Gardening continues…

April 21, 2010 Comments off

I’ve got 2 varieties of heirloom tomatoes transplanted to the garden.  Delicious Red and Henderson Crimson Cushion.  Planted on raised rows and 2 plants per location.  I will remove the worst looking of each pair in a couple of weeks.

I also have 4 varieties of heirloom pepper transplanted to the garden now.  California Wonder (sweet bell), Jalapeno, Chili, and Pepperoncini.

Planted a small plot of sweet corn last night as well.  Heirloom Golden Bantum.

Decided to try almost all heirloom stuff this year if you couldn’t tell. 🙂

Our neighbor, who has to be 80 something, was also out working the dirt last night.  I went over with my tiller and finished it up for him.  I have some extra plants and seeds so I think I’ll help them out with planting too.

I would post pictures but I’ve been out in the garden until it gets dark after work.  Never really think about bringing the camera.  Besides, its just a bunch of dirt so far.  Not all that pretty.

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Categories: Gardening

A good day for planting a garden

April 2, 2010 Comments off

It was another glorious, warm day in central Illinois.  A good day to plant some early crops that should be able to withstand a little frost.  The average last frost date in this area is May 10th so its a good month until I can plant tomatoes, peppers, corn, beans, cucumbers, etc.  But, its just the right time to plant potatoes, lettuce, onions, peas and carrots!

So that’s just what I did today.

It was a hard 4 hours of tilling and raking raised rows.  I had tilled twice already and I gave some areas another go to loosen up some clods.  Plus I had to play catch with my 8 year old several times which was fun, but doesn’t get any work done.  So I guess that’s my excuse for not having any pictures.  😉  I’ll try to get some tomorrow but its supposed to rain.

But I did draw up a garden plan using the Gimp image editing app (BTW, its free.  I use it to make birthday party invitations for the kids too.).  Here’s the plan…


(I wish my strawberry patch was actually that full.)

The potatoes where planted similar to the way described in this post on New Life on a Homestead.  The only difference was I created a raised row and cut a furrow a few inches deep.  I then placed the taters in the furrow and covered them with a shallow layer of dirt.  Then I put on a layer of straw.  We’ll see how that goes.  I also planted 4 spuds in a trash can. As they grow I’ll add sawdust or dirt to the barrel.  Hopefully I’ll have a trash can full of taters.

This won’t be my full garden.  This one is about 70×30 but I plan to also till up some of the pasture next door so I can have somewhere to plant my corn, cucumbers, and melons.

Categories: Gardening, Homesteading

Chickens have a home

April 2, 2010 Comments off

Well my dad and I got the chicken coop built. I still need to paint it and build on a run. Here are some pictures.

The feeder in that last image was too big so I took it out. Going to hang one on the wall instead.

Categories: Homesteading