GARDEN HO-HUM

Hi friends!

It’s been one of those ho-hum weeks in the garden.

Like watching grass grow.

So ready for warmer temps but it ain’t happening!

So…I’m chitting potatoes. About as exciting.

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Yes ma’am…gotta get these babies sprouting.

I’m keeping them inside in egg cartons…I took them outside just for better photos.

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I got about a dozen each of Yukon Gold and Dark Red Norland last week at North 40.

I’ll be planting soon…maybe later this week…you can read about chitting in a previous post here.

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On a side note...

I buy small mixed organic potatoes in a bag at the store…and I noticed the other day that they were getting old in the refrigerator.

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So I’m going to try an experiment….chit some of them…and see how they grow.  I don’t see why they wouldn’t.

Some of them are purple.

I’ll keep them separate in the garden bed just so I know if they do OK.

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Riley is way too curious. He was ready to lick them all.

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I also went out today and turned the soil in this trough.

{it gets a bit of shade in the afternoon summer sun…and previous veggies planted there haven’t done well}

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So  I'm thinking I might transplant two of my blueberry bushes to it…

they don’t seem to be happy these last two years outside of the garden fence.

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It’s so easy to forget that they’re there…and in the summer I forget to water them.

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There are actually two rows here of blueberries and raspberries.

 I’ll be buying some ammonium sulfate to mix in the trough soil to make it more acidic before I transplant them.

Blueberries aren’t happy with alkaline soil. I’ve been lazy with that too. This year will be different.

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Back to the garden…I also turned over the annual rye in this bed where I want to plant the seed potatoes.

I’ve decided that next Fall I’ll plant hairy vetch instead of annual rye for an overwinter crop.

The chickens go wild over hairy vetch. Major treat for them.

I was too lazy {oh my gosh there's that word again} to order it online last August…yep. So I grabbed rye seeds at the co-op.

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 I’ll need to put some compost in before planting the potatoes.

{Hello Mr Denim…hear that??}

I learned a big lesson last year...I totally neglected the health of my soil...

and my veggies suffered because of it.

I'm on a mission to change it this year!

Heck...that's why we have 3 compost bins and chickens and worms!

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I also tried to test the soil pH…three battery changes later and this tester still wouldn’t work.

It’s 3 years old so I suppose I should expect as much. Different soils {one visibly sandy where current blueberries are} all came up “ideal”…uh huh...yeah.

In the trash.

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And one final photo of reality this week...

it was cold and damp enough yesterday to keep the row covers on my plants in the greenhouse. All day. Yep.

And this is the first week of Spring! Sad!

{that’s garlic growing in the bed}

Hoping for warmer and sunnier days soon!

🌞