Getting Caught Up

April 11, 2011

   Busy day at work; into the garden when I got home.  Today was plant the green beans, corn and purple hull pea day.  My Dad and I started with the green beans.  He is big on straight rows so he started by putting a string along side the cabbage and I started there.  We used the, for lack of a better word, push planter.  (Really should take a photo for you all to see.)  This device has a funnel in the center of it which has exchangeable wheels that insert in the funnel.  Each wheel has cups that pick up the seeds and drop them on the ground, so far apart.  It also has a part that scratches the ground making up to a 1/2-inch ditch in the ground for the seed and then a chain that covers the seed as you push it along.   There is an arm(stick) that falls to either side and makes a scratch in the ground so you’ll know where to make the next row.  This arm is spaced so that there is room enough between the rows for the rotatiller.
   Having said all this let’s back track to earlier that morning when my Dad took the tractor and disked the areas we were to plant in.  It had rained the day before and the ground was wet.  He did this to help it dry out a little so it would be easier to plow with the planter.  The disk left large long piles of dirt at odd angles up and down the length of the garden.  Thinking that it would be hard to walk on all that lumpy dirt I started using my metal leaf rake to smooth out the dirt a bit.  Dad made me stop after I done a row or two.  Once I got started with the push planter things went well with the arm making a line for the next row, that I could see; but once I got passed the section I’d smoothed with the rake the arm skipped across the tops of the dirt piles making the mark almost impossible to see.  This became frustrating; as my Dad wanted straight rows, and I couldn’t do that.
   He planted the sweet corn and I finished up that evening with the purple hull  peas.
Total planted: (approx. 50 ft rows)
6 rows Blue Lake Bush Beans and Purple Hull Peas
4 rows Sweet Corn
April 16
One bunny down…literaly.

This morning a rabbit was sitting near my cabbage.  He stayed there in one spot long enough for Dad to shoot him.
No rain yesterday or today so I finally set out the leaf lettuce and romaine plants.  They don’t look like much but I set them out anyway.  Dad made fun of my crooked row.  Ah, who cares.
Here’s a picture of the lettuce in the starter pots.
April 24
Rain, RAin, RAIn and RAIN!

   Did I mention the rain?  Every other day, the week of 11th thru 17th,  it rained.  This past week it rained here everyday but one.  This has been one wet April so far!  The garden is doing okay.  Okay meaning that Dad’s cantaloupes got water-logged so he bought more to plant later.  My cucumber leaves are turning brown; guessing it’s because too much RAIN.  The seeds of the green beans, purple hull peas and corn have come up randomly, so far.  The soil is so sandy and the garden is at a slight tilt to the right and down as you face it so the soil is washing down.  I am hoping the seeds are not being washed away to who knows where in the garden.  I’m starting to think that we should have waited as we usually do and planted the green beans and purple hull peas in early May.
   The cabbage looks great, well at least half of the 2 rows do.  I was watering them on the 16th and noticed that Dad had sprinkled some of his 10-20-10 fertilizer on the dirt around them, but only on half of the two rows.  You can sure tell a marked difference.  I highly recommend this fertilizer, but remember NOT to USE it on your radishes and purple hull peas; they don’t like extra nitrogen in the soil.  Do not sprinkle too much around your plants or it will burn them up.
   BTW, it has rained here 3 times today and it’s only 1p.m.

3:00 p.m.  Just went out to check the garden between showers.  The green beans, purple hull peas and corn are up and looking good.  Some of the seeds haven’t come up.  I’m thinking they got covered with extra dirt and will or won’t come up later; when the sun finally visits us.

Here is cool picture I found behind a picture of my Dad and his family. Cira 1940’s.   (Somehow seems appropiate for today, Easter.)
Farmers Co-Operative Gin

Text reads:
For Your Protection Let us do your Ginning

Mart Smith, Mgr.
Owned and Operated in the Interest of the Farmers


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