Getting ready for spring
Posted October 26, 2011 - 08:21 AM
I have three patches, the main one is 40X60.
I thought it would be wise to get the sod off this fall and open it up so it would absorb moisture. They are saying we are likely to experience a drought next year.
And the cracked ground indicates little subsoil moisture.
Last night, I took the Troy Bilt Super Bronco out, and added another 60 ft to that patch just deep enough to take the sod off. I'll go back tonight and till it a little deeper and then leave it till spring.
The tomato patch is about 30 X 40 and I'll add another 20 ft to that.
And the patch where the strawberries are about 25X60 Had sweet corn on the north side. I'll expand that to 100 ft like the main patch.
I may plant Sweet Corn and Jack-oLanten pumpkins(for the grand daughter) in that patch.
The wife has decided instead of pie pumpkins next year she plans to put in all sweet potatoes.
Posted October 26, 2011 - 10:27 AM
Posted October 26, 2011 - 12:27 PM
Wish I had more woods on my property! I have 4 trees in the yard and about 15 black willow and two mulberries along the waterway at the bottom of the hill.I am thinking of planting Hybird Hazelnuts(a bush plant) along the north fence, as both a windbreak and for nut production.
Once they start producing they would require little maintainence for 10-12 yrs, then need to coppiced(cut back to about 6") then they will come back quickly.
Posted October 26, 2011 - 02:20 PM
Posted October 26, 2011 - 09:00 PM
Posted October 26, 2011 - 10:12 PM
Nice the both you and your wife can enjoy gardening , hope to see some pictures of your garden . Did you ever try blueberries ? Other then having to make a framework to hold the netting to protect them from birds they are pretty easy to take care of . We also had good luck with raspberries but a little tougher to keep the weeds out . Do you replant your strawberries often ? Al
Yes we are fortunate in that we share a lot of interests and work together well. This our first year on this place, in fact it won't be a year until December 23.
Trying the blue berries, planted 3 this spring,(know of no one growing them in this area, but Jo buys enough we have to try growing them) along with 3 black rasberry, 3 Blackberry, and 3 each of 4 kinds of red rasberries. Also planted 3 grapes, 3 manchurian Apricot and 5 different apple trees, 3 peach trees and 1 self polinating pear. This is the first year for the strawberry patch, so have not yet done any replanting.
So we are at least a year from seeing production from the berries. I also started permanent beds of Asparagus and Horse Radish. Jo and I are still debating the rhubarb. I like it she does'nt?
Edited by JD DANNELS, October 26, 2011 - 10:21 PM.
Posted October 27, 2011 - 07:01 AM
Posted October 27, 2011 - 07:39 AM
Posted October 27, 2011 - 08:04 AM
I had a friend that grew an acre of "U-pick It" (15 miles east of Des Moines) strawberries and every 3 yrs he would till out strips. Then would take the old heads he had tilled up and replant them. The second year they would produce as well as if he had bought starts.
He had all they wanted to put up and sold out every year.
My family is kind of fruity. By that I mean If you offered fruit or candy, they will pick the fruit every time.
My wife is a very good cook, and buys berries every week to make sauces and fruity deserts. What they get in the market is breaking me.
So I need to grow it myself and have control of how it is grown and handled.
I will never be able to go fully organic, since I have row crop farmers on two sides of my property. But I like knowing what I use on my crops.
The Neighbor to the north of me was over last week looking for a lost calf. He told me the hay field north of me will be treated with round up and planted to corn next spring. I asked him to do the roundup when the wind was from the south to prevent drift damage to my fruit trees and plants.
Posted November 16, 2011 - 09:44 AM