New Blog for 2014

Starting up a Blog for 2014 gardening season. Hoping to stick with it this year. I still enjoy reading some other garden Blogs and love the sharing.
Hoe on over to:
http://www.arfarmerette2014.wordpress.com

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Waiting on the Weather & Raised beds

Well, we haven’t had the snow that some have been having but the morning frosts have been on and off here in my corner of AR.
Been busy working, taking care of elderly Dad, sort of helping put a new metal roof on the house, and assorted housework related things. Excuses for not up dating in a timely manner. ūüôā

Two weekends ago my father helped me put together one of the raised beds and we drilled the holes for the screws to go in the other one; leaving it to finish
another day.
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Don’t ya just love our work bench?
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Once together we¬†used the Pick-Up to take the¬†frame up into the garden. (In background you’ll see yellow on the ground; that’s my bags of Miracle Grow garden soil.¬† We placed the frames up near the bags.)¬† The whole dead grass area used to be our garden, but I am simplifying this year.

I must share with you that this raised garden business is costing me some $’s.¬† I do realize that once I get it all set up¬†I won’t have to spend anymore on dirt and wood, but!
Wood and screws for both frames:  $48
Dirt to fill two frames:  $88 (so far anyway)
Weed control plastic sheeting: $16

I may need more dirt.¬† I filled one of the frames Sat. evening with the nine bags of Top Soil and 5 bags of Miracle Grow I had and it doesn’t look full enough.¬† I purchased the same amount for the other frame and will be filling it up tonight.¬† Rain is in the forecast for tonight.¬† I’m sure the soil will settle in the frames, once it’s wet,¬†and I’ll be able to tell if I need to spend¬† more $’s on dirt.
((Pics to follow later.))

I hope everyone who planted early is having success with their garden.

 

 

 

 

Printable End of Season Garden Tracker

JUST SHARING

gardentracker

 

http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2012/10/free-printable-end-of-the-season-garden-tracker.html

Plans change

I spoke with a friend today who make a raised bed for his mother last year. He told me about a local lumber store that sells truck loads of planting soil for $20 or so.  I think I will be going this route to fill the raised beds.  He did say he mixed in some compost to make it richer and that the Miracle Grow Garden soil I bought would be fine to mix in.

This weekend would be great to get that load of dirt in my Dad’s pickup, but we are expecting rain, snow, or sleet for the next few days.¬† This is exceptionally odd weather for AR this time of year.¬† I was thinking to day about the peach trees in a local farm, where we buy peaches, and hoping they are not blooming yet.¬† The hills are full of wild plum trees in full bloom.¬† So Pretty!

Plans, Plans and Then Change of Plans

I’d like to apologize for not posting much.¬† I’ve been having trouble with ye olde¬† home computer; seems the internet is out growing it.¬† I’ve recently acquired¬†a lap top, but it doesn’t plug into the phone line at home (I have dial-up ’cause satellite¬†is $50 plus a month :O(¬† ).¬† Any way¬† with life so busy with taking care of my father I don’t get to come to the library except once or twice a week to use their wi-fi.¬† Posts this year may be sporadic, but I will be posting and growing that garden.

I’ve been doing alot¬†of research lately on raised beds and companion gardening.¬† With my father unable to drive the old tractor and my brother tooo¬†busy to use his, to disk the garden, I’ve had to make other plans.¬† I’ve an arthritic knee and standing for long periods is not any fun.¬† Deciding to use raised beds this year will make gardening easier on me; for example: no grass and no tilling.¬† The only downfall will be I won’t be canning large amounts of green beans.

I found a great Companion Planting Guide on Wikipedia and at the Frugal Dad website, in depth (easy) info on making a raised bed and square foot gardening. Here: http://frugaldad.com/2012/04/30/square-foot-gardening-how-to-get-started-for-50-infographic

I’ve used his information as a launching pad for my own ideas.¬† I’ve decided to make two beds each 8ft.x4ft.; using the height and width he recommends for the boards (10″x2″).

The soil mixture was a problem and I hope I’ve chosen wisely.¬† I did lots of research; reading bags at Wal Mart¬†and Home Depot, reading article after article on several websites and news boards.¬† As far as the Net goes everyone has their own opinion what works for them.¬† One person who grows tomatoes uses “about 1/2 to 2/3rds¬†ProMix¬†and the rest compost”.¬† I liked this one, but couldn’t find any bags of compost at the 5 places I looked. A humus and cow manure mix was available at Wal Mart but after researching this I decided I was skeptical about it.¬† If you’re wondering what Humus is, it’s not the food, Wikipedia has good info on it.

I decided to use Miracle Grow gardening soil and Scotts Top Soil.¬† I’m not sure how much to buy for my two beds so I bought 4 bags if each.¬† I’ve a feeling I’ll be buying more.

Tomorrow after work I’ll be going to my local Ace Hardware to get the lumber and screws for the frame.¬† I’m¬†hoping to get them constructed before the day ends.¬† We are expecting showers here in my neck of AR for the next couple of days.¬† Saturday we’ll be getting a new metal roof put on the house.¬† I am soooooo excited, about this!

I bought Sparkler radish, Danvers carrot, Great Lakes lettuce, and lettuce leaf basil seeds today. The plan for the basil is to put it in a long flower box and sit it outside the gardening frame next to the tomatoes.¬† According to the Wikipedia info about Companion Planting, ‘studies have show that growing basil around 10 inches from tomatoes can increase the yield of tomatoes by about 20%’. Doesn’t hurt to give it a go.¬† I can always make Pesto. :O)

Snow and Dreams

Feb. 20, 2013
We got a beautiful snow yesterday; about 6 inches.  A second front of sleet and rain turning to ice came in overnight and this morning.  Tuesday the sun was shining and the daffodills were happy.  Today they are freezing in the snow.

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The garden is covered in snow, of course…

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I truly wish I knew how to drive a tractor I would have this disked up by now and several times before now.¬† My brother keeps saying he will do it and then things get in the way.¬† I am afraid I’m going to have to till this grass covered garden with my mini tiller. HUH!¬† Perhaps my Dad, even with his slight dementia can get the old large tiller started with my help.

I plan on using just a quarter of what you see here for the garden this year.¬† My plans are to condense the plants closer together and do some companion planting.¬† I’ve read about it a few times and will have to read up again so I’ll know which plants grow well side by side.

 

WELCOME

Welcome to this years gardening adventure.

Currently the garden is covered in Bermuda grass and crab grass.  It needs tilling desperately but I am beholden to my brother to disk it with the tractor for me; whenever that will be.  The width of the garden is about 200 ft. and about 100 ft. tall.  Last year I only used about 1/2 of that and this year I plan to only use 1/4 of it.   My goal is to condense the garden by planting things closer together leaving just enough room for my mini-tiller to get down the rows.

I’ve not planned the garden yet, but I have bought my corn seeds.¬† An elderly person I met said they always grew Silver Queen corn with great results so I decided to give it a try.¬† Here in my part of the world our Wal-Mart has just put out some of their gardening stuff; along with the seeds.¬† I thought I should find my specific corn seeds¬†now instead of waiting until the seeds were picked through.

If you followed my blog last year I welcome you back and look forward to sharing our gardening experiences together again.

If you’re new to my Blog Welcome also and take a look-see at last years adventures here:
http://arkansasfarmerette2012.wordpress.com