A good day for planting a garden
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…
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.