Monday, April 13, 2009

Garden . . .

Aching muscles and joints today after managing to dig several sizable holes in my lawn this past weekend. I was seriously shown up by my 74 year old Portuguese father in law who showed me that men aren't built like they used to be. After six hours of using a heavy hoe to remove the sob and loosen the soil he was still going strong while I was ready to take a nap.

I decided to incorporate a few considerations when I designed the garden using something I read about called the "French Technique". The basic idea is to create access paths and really focus on planting crops in rotation and close together to discourage weed growth. Well, will have ot see how it works.

As I watched the sun streak across the sky yesterday afternoon I was somewhat disappointed that my plots did not appear to be getting as much sun as I had originally envisioned. Well, this year is my grand experiment with my green thumb so I guess I will have to just wait and see.

Next on the list is adding some loam and compost next weekend and getting seedling trays and seeds ordered!


  1. Duckhammer,
    Remember that the sun is only going to get higher for the growing season, I worried about my two beds when I made our gardens last spring. You'll be fine buddy, and get ready because those bad boys are going to be some work. But very productive!!!

    We started our veggies in the house last year, but are going to plant them straight into the garden this year. Guess time will tell!!!


  2. I wish you luck with the gardening.

  3. I'm jealous! Our garden was still covered in snow at the end of last week (it melted over the weekend, though!!).

    We love Fedco for our seeds (

    Good luck with the garden!

  4. Well I see you decided to garden! good luck! I'm intrested in your french technique. The little plots look really nice so far.
    Loam, compost, and good ol cow manure are on our to do list as well... yippee! Can't wait to get the early spring stuff out! Here's to a great gardening year!

  5. oh, I forgot one thing... don't worry too much about the sun right now, it changes and will move up in the sky more as summer progresses. Good luck!

  6. Jodi, thanks for the link to the seeds. I have looked locally and can't seem to find the selection I wanted. Will check out the link tonight!

  7. Stay at Home and DEDH, I hadn't even thought about the sun rising higher . . . excellent point.


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