Yes it is December the 16th and it was below freezing this morning, it did warm all day and will continue to climb throughout the night, however at 5:00 P.M. it was 32 degrees F, all the same I decided to plant vegetables! If you think I’m crazy so do I but I had to try, after all seeds don’t cost very much.
There was some work to do first, knowing one of my weaknesses is documenting what is done and where things are planted the greenhouse was sectioned off. On the ends “A, B, C, and D” were painted on the 2×4’s at the ends.
I used a stencil only because I already had one, the designations of A, B, C, and D continue on the other side, looking at the end behind me if read from left to right would be D, C, B, and A.
This house has 7 ribs 2 of which are the ends, there are 6 four foot spaces between ribs inside, each one was numbered 1-6. When I write down what I plant it can be recorded as A1, it will then be easy to know that in column A row 1 is what ever I plant, the space A1 is basically 8 square feet the “A” part is about 2 feet wide and the “1” part is 4 feet long. If a plant is planted taking up more space it could easily be recorded as AB1/2/3, then I would know it covers both columns A and B and rows 1,2,and 3 for a total of 48 square feet.
Even though the soil and horse manure was already in the greenhouse it was only partially spread. Due to rain while unloading the soil from the trailer some of the soil get wet and was hard to do much with so it was partially spread in the greenhouse to dry.
Using the grub hoe, the soil and the horse manure were worked together with a better distribution of proportions.
After the soil and the horse manure were mixed more appropriately it was time to level out the bed.
Even though space is at a premium there needs to be some kind of walk way, walking in mud didn’t seem like the best idea so wood chips were used for a path.
Sometimes you can get the workers clearing power lines to deliver wood chips to your house, I had hoped for many loads, up to 12 and got one, beggars can’t be choosers I guess. often there are surprises when going through the pile of chips, normally it’s just garbage like drink bottles from the crew but today I found two fiberglass fence posts!
After the path was in lime was spread, someday the soil will get tested but in general here it is acidic, with the addition of horse manure it is a safe bet.
On the path you may see a milk crate, one of my favorite garden tools, doesn’t matter if it gets wet, fairly comfortable seat, and good for putting produce in while collecting. The notebook on the milk crate is for documenting where and what seeds are planted.
Having a little hoe is nice for planting, I believe this is a goose neck hoe.
After each type of seed was put in the furrow, the kind, variety, and location was documented. From what can be seen here AB1/2/3 was sown with what ever I was planing at the time, the furrows weren’t covered up until the crop was documented, not every crop covered both “A” and “B” so after each plant was put in the furrow it was documented then covered up and new furrows were made for the next plant.
Time to water in the seeds, the funny part of this is that I couldn’t water for a few hours, the sprinkler had been in the garden since summer and was frozen, it came in to defrost while dishes were taken care of.
Below is a partial spread sheet for what was done today, the date, crop, and crop variety are self explanatory. Location is as explained earlier with the exception of “G1” and that is just for the future, “greenhouse 1” as apposed to outside or in a different house, bed size doesn’t matter here because I can tell the size by the location, NS= nursery, DS=direct seed, PT=potted, TR= transplant, DOE with date is for date of emergence. This spread sheet set up comes from Curtis Stone’s book The Urban Farmer.
|Date M/D||Crop||Location||Crop variety||Bed size||NS, DS, PT, TR||DOE M/D||DTH M/D||Bed Rows||Plug #||Seed Vol.||Notes|
|16-Dec||Cabbage||G1 A6||Sweet hybrid||DS|
|16-Dec||Lettuce||G1 B6 AB5/4||Montilia||DS|
|16-Dec||Spinich||G1 AB1/2/3||Bloomsdale Long Standing||DS|
|16-Dec||Salad mix||G1 D1||Mesclun||DS|
|16-Dec||Mizuna||G1 C1 CD1/2/3||Asian Greens||DS|
Information used from:
Stone, Curtis. The Urban Farmer. New Society Publishers, 2016