We are back to planting vegetables and my husband took the day off work so he and the children could get them done.
The children finished planting the potatoes, so we have nearly 90 kg planted, half whites and half reds.
Here’s a picture of the first potatoes coming up. This is very exciting!!
Here are the gang planting the potatoes. The children did a fantastic job and saved their father and myself from doing it. We are trying to teach them diligence and consistency when they work.
Here’s a picture of my very handsome husband after he had finished laying out the potatoes for the children to plant.
After they finished planting the potatoes, No 2 son and his father planted pumpkin and corn seeds. The pumpkin they planted with the corn was Jarrahdale and then they also planted peas with Queensland Blue Pumpkins amoungst them.
We have been buying our seeds from a bulk supplier so we have enough for a few years and it is more cost effective this way. This year we bought 15,000 corn seeds (this was the smallest amount we could get), this should last a little bit!!!
I just asked my husband why they planted the corn and pumpkin together in rows. His answer was very technical and might take up a bit of room, but here goes:
- Hopefully the pumpkin leaves will shade the ground and keep it moist and cool.
- Both corn and pumpkins require a lot of water, so this will water 2 birds with 1 stone.
- The corn will finish off before the pumpkins so hence allowing room for the pumpkins to spread out – and the most important reason of all….
- That was how they did it on the movie “Fiddler On The Roof”!!!!
We got some cucumber seedlings from our local nursery and planted them in an area that was heavily manured.
You can just see the green of the cucumbers in this photo. They are apple and continental. The manure comes from our feedlot pen where we had been keeping our pigs and cattle over the winter. They were bedded down on hay so now it is ready to be dug out and hoed into the beds,
This is the tool that my husband uses for planting seeds. You put the seeds in the hopper on top and then there is a plate in there that has holes big enough for the specific seed to go through. There are a number of different plates for different sized seeds eg: carrots. Then you push this along the bed and it places the seed on the ground and then covers it over and rolls it down. This is very handy and saves a lot of back breaking work.
The tomatoes that we first planted are going quite well, but we didn’t get the plastic on as it had holes in it, so we put preserving jars over them. Now as the weather is warming up we took them off and they look good. We did loose a few though but this happens.
So that’s our latest vegetable news for now, will post more photos once everything starts coming up.
Blessings to you all.
What are you up to in your garden, is it winter or spring???
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