Cucumber and Black Seeded Simpson lettuce seedlings...
Meat chickens that will be "processed" in just five days (yes, I'll be helping). I watched a few videos on you-tube this morning to prepare myself -- the husband isn't sure I'll be able to handle it. Say a prayer for me if you would. :)
And something I wish we'd done in years past: laying down newspaper and straw around our garden beds. We first tried this a few weeks ago, and I can't tell you how happy we are with this method of weed prevention! The few blades of field grass and any weeds that have happened to make it through are easily picked by hand about once a week in less than five minutes -- weeding simply couldn't be any easier! :)
Before laying down the newspaper, we hoed the area to be covered in order to uproot any weeds that were already growing. Next, we laid down newspaper 4 - 5 sheets thick, being careful to overlap the pages. Because there was a bit of a breeze the day we were working, Dan lightly sprayed the newspaper with the garden hose to keep it from blowing out of place. The newspaper was then covered with straw. The entire process didn't take long and should last through the growing season. From what I've read, the newspaper and straw will eventually decompose and need to be replaced; I'm expecting that we won't have to do that until next spring, but we'll find out as the season progresses.
When we were finished, we ran our sprinklers to wet the straw down. We didn't have quite enough straw to completely cover our newspaper layer, so we'll have to buy one more bale to finish the job.
Garden and homestead plans accomplished from our previous list:
Replant cucumber and pickling cucumber seed(our first planting failed). Finish laying down newspaper and straw to keep the weeds in our garden down. (By the way, this method has been 90 - 95% successful, so we highly recommend it!) Put netting over our strawberry bed to keep the birds out(strawberries are close!).
- Bend and install EMT (electrical metallic tubing) and netting over our new herb beds to keep out the deer. Didn't get this task accomplished -- hope to take care of this project later this week.
Summer will be here on Wednesday! We're looking forward to some warm, sunny days to get things growing. We're been enjoying fresh green salads and are still waiting for our strawberries to ripen. Our peas have only just now begun flowering -- can you believe it? Such is gardening in the Cascade foothills. :)
Hope your gardens are growing well for you!
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