Last week I wasn’t sure we would ever get to plant anything in our garden. However, my husband was able to till our two garden spots twice this week. It looks like we may get things planted before June after all.
Last night I started making a large mound of dirt in the middle of my small garden spot. I had Janna in the sling and was using one hand to use my hoe. My husband saw me and came over to help. After a minute or two he stopped, got out our tractor and used the front end loader to finish the rest of the dirt moving. He likes to use his big tools whenever he can. 🙂
This afternoon I got the baby to take a nap and asked Julia to keep an eye on her. I gave her a 2-way radio to use to let me know when Janna woke up. This worked perfectly. Yay, for big sisters!
Then, with the help of Joseph I was able to plant 12 potato plants, 12 sweet potato plants, and a hill of butternut squash seeds.
This was my first time planting regular potatoes. I purchased some seed potatoes and cut them into chunks making sure that each chunk had an eye that had sprouted. Then I planted the chunks of potatoes about 12 inches apart in my big potato hill about 3 or 4 inches deep. I am excited to see how they grow.
The sweet potatoes are a little different to plant because they look almost like ivy vines. I planted them about 18 inches apart. We have had a lot of success with growing sweet potatoes over the past couple of years and I hope this year will be no exception.
Lastly, I planted 5 butternut squash seeds about an inch under the dirt in a hill at the end of the potatoes. They will vine out quite a bit as will the sweet potatoes so I am hoping there is plenty of room for everything to grow properly.
This is our main garden spot. I am hopeful that I will get to work on it a little at a time this week. If it takes me two weeks, that is fine. I have a baby, who is one month old today, and I have to be realistic about what I can accomplish. I have the seeds and plants ready to go whenever I have the time.
For those of you who garden, how is your garden this week?