RootsToTable

A place I will document our journey in living off the land

Starts! March 25, 2013

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I started zucchini, broccoli, pumpkin, pickle cukes (I canned 30 lbs of pickles last year. We ran out by November. 3x that amount for this year is planned) and watermelon. I cannot wait to see sprouts!

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Getting started! March 22, 2013

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Its a snowy day today. Since working outside is out, instead I will start some of the seeds I purchased yesterday. And decide how I will be planting those lovely seed potatoes!

 

Tomato planting in mind.. March 17, 2013

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Last year, I failed my tomatoes. I did not stake them or cage them well enough, and they went WILD. I guess the tomatoes did well enough, they grew HUGE, but it was a pain to harvest and I lost a few due to being on the ground. We had a terrible grasshopper issue, and they LOVED red tomatoes. I ended up having to ripen tomatoes in the house, otherwise, I would lose them to the grasshoppers.

Ive been browsing Pinterest, and I came across a different way to give tomatoes support. And it will be what I try this year. Instead of using traditional cages, which a lot of tomatoes quickly outgrow anyway, you use stakes and string. Similar to what you would do for beans and peas. This blog has a great explanation of one way to do it: http://foodformyfamily.com/manic-organic/tomato-gardening-101-a-string-trellis

I’m thinking I will try this AND try the “Florida Weave” method as well, to see which works best for us. My tomato plants were gorgeous last year, but so unruly they were unpleasant to deal with.

Here’s to hoping for another bountiful tomato harvest in 2013! I canned a lot of our tomatoes from last year and I LOVED not needing to buy any from the store, PLUS they taste so much better!

 

On my garden agenda March 16, 2013

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I am, once again, researching what I will be doing with my garden this year. I had great success with my squash, corn and beans last year and had found this then, but did not implement it. I did a little bit of companion planting, but this year, I am taking that a little bit further. There are a lot of plants that compliment each other, either in improving growth, taste of the fruit, or in preventing pests. Plus, I loved seeing the pretty flowers interspersed with my beautiful vegetable plants!

A Three Sisters Garden is something I am definitely interested in trying. You can read more about it here: http://www.gardeningchannel.com/plant-a-three-sisters-garden/ and I will definitely take pictures and document how it goes! I won’t be doing all of my corn, or beans, this way, but planning on maybe doing 1/2 of them this way. We are not huge squash fans, but I do like growing things I can then feed my animals as well.