The Main Event

The main garden plot was finally free of snow and dry enough to till this past weekend!  Heather’s dad is good enough to bring his tractor and tiller in the Spring to get us ready to plant.  We are now just a couple of days shy of what is regarded as the ‘average last frost date’ in this area.  If you ask the old timers, though, they will say that you aren’t really safe until Memorial Day. We never wait that long.  We usually don’t wait as long as we did.  If we could have dried that garden any faster, we certainly would have!  One of the items on our to-do list for this fall is to move some dirt to get optimal drainage for next year.

Since we are expecting rain for the next 4 days, we decided to give-it-our-all this afternoon. Dave took the afternoon off of work and the two of us, or should I say the three of us, planted everything that still needed to get in the ground!

You’ll notice in the photos that we plant our peppers and tomatoes into black plastic. There are a few reasons for that. #1 The black plastic warms the soil and air around these heat loving plants.  #2 It keeps the weeds at bay. #3 In the case of the tomatoes, it keeps soil from splashing up onto the plants reducing the chance of soil born diseases taking hold.

Heather's dad tilling the main garden.

Heather’s dad tilling the main garden.

Heather and Eva seeding green beans.

Heather and Eva seeding green beans.

Dave planting tomatoes.

Dave planting tomatoes.

Pepper plants in the ground.

Pepper plants in the ground.

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