Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gardening First Thing

Last night we decided to start working in the garden first thing this morning. We had not visited the garden in about a week and knew it would need some attention, plus hubby had purchased 12 tomato plants and 8 pepper plants that needed to go in the ground. All three of us made it down to the garden about 9:45. While me and Grace were planting the tomatoes and peppers, hubby was down by the creek building a water station with a hand held pump to help water the plants in the event of not much rain. The seal on the hand pump was not good enough so Scott will have to get a rubber gasket to fill it in more. After planting we weeded and spoke with a couple of gentlemen that were gardening on the far end of the property. A very generous neighbor allows other families to come and garden on his property, this year there are three of us. And did I mention the potato bugs. Gross. Must have picked at least a hundred off of the potato leaves. Researching on Internet as we speak for a organic means of keeping them away. If anyone out there has ideas please advise. Spent a good two hours working on the garden then returned home for a great lunch of leftover b-que. Since we started off with gardening that means school is happening in the afternoon. Baby chicks are getting along better. Each afternoon they have been able to go out for a few hours and stretch their wings and legs. Due to some other stuff needing to be taken care of the new coop will have to be finished at the beginning of next week. Almost forgot, Betty is not sitting in the nesting box anymore. She hasn't laid an egg yet though.


Just an Average American Mom said...

Use Diatomaceous Earth for a natural Organic gardening dust for your plants.

It looks like seven dust and feels like it too but is an all natural powder.

You can purchase this through any feed store or garden center I believe.

I have used it for 3 years now and love it!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tip on the organic dust. I will check it out today.

Stoney Creek Homestead said...

I envy you! I will have at least another month before I can even get into my garden. I won't even start tomatoes, peppers, etc until early May. We got another 4 inches of snow over night and it is still coming down.

Unknown said...

It is hard for me to imagine snow in April, living here in Georgia. Some nights it still dips in the low 40s so we are taking somewhat of a chance with planting the tomatoes and peppers in mid-April.