Now we wait.
June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
Posted by Katharine
The garden is in! This weekend’s weather was pretty much perfect and over the past few days we tilled the garden, transplanted our seedlings and planted our seeds. Now all we have to do is wait, water, and weed!
We rented a rototiller for the day and split the cost with a neighbour who also has a large garden. After having dug the soil several times over the past couple weeks (the constant rain having repeatedly beat down the soil) the machine was a welcome change. It was heavy and a bit tricky to control at first but the soil was nice and soft after about an hour and a couple trips across the plot.
We put our seedlings in on the Friday evening after a very hot and sunny day had cooled off. There was a huge thunderstorm the next morning so they were spared too much sun and given lots of water. Though the soil was still pretty muddy we got the rest of the seeds in the ground that night. We have planted broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkins, cantaloupe, eggplant, spinach, lettuce, spring onion, cucumber, peas, corn, squash, beans, yellow onions, carrots, leeks, sweet peppers, and tomatoes. Phew! Once again, to hopefully deter bugs, we’ve surrounded the entire area with marigolds.
It’s really exciting having everything planted and will be even more so once things start to sprout from the ground! Gardening became a social activity this weekend with friends joining in to help out. Their help made the job easier and way more fun (thanks guys! you know who you are). I think we’ll try and do the same for when we need to start weeding, of course we may have to entice people with some snacks…or beer (locally crafted of course)!