Sunday, March 31, 2013

Snow Peas in today!

Replacing the roses this year will be snow peas,(with a succession of tomatoes), under our stone wall. This trellis to hold the peas went up fast with bamboo stakes and a ball of twine. The twine is strung horizontally, wrapping around each stake, then the verticals were cut to the height of the stakes and wrapped around each horizontal line from top to bottom. When the peas are done in June, I will put the tomatoes seedlings by each stake.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Waiting for Spring!

Looking back on last year's garden, I am thinking about where to put things  in the kitchen garden this year. I want to take into consideration what has been planted there before, as different plants use or regenerate different nutrients in the soil. I will put something that is leafy (like chard) where the beans plants were last year, hoping the nitrogen is still fixed in the soil. Then, perhaps most importantly, I think about the height, color and texture of the foliage. Since this is the path we walk through to get to our sitting area we use every day,  I like to to be able to see all the rows from where we sit, and have the foliage colors alternate from row to row.
This is a challenge in a small spot. Some things don't get eaten until the end of the season, as they a key focal points and anchor the visual structure. That will mean lots of compost on each row in case the soil has been used up by last year's crop. I use our own compost and leaf mold, taken from the woods where we always dump our leaves, and the compost pile. Then I always order 3-5 yards of sea compost from Estabrook's in Yarmouth. This compost is a miracle and has bits of seaweed and shells in it. I would recommend it for all gardens whether perennial or vegetable- and an essential ingredient for new beds. I will be making new beds next to our sitting area for tomatoes and tall things that need a trellis like snap peas and cucumbers. More pictures soon!