RootsToTable

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

Dirt and rakes and straw, oh my! May 3, 2013

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The weather was so nice yesterday, that I started getting the garden rows done! I wanted to put down how I am making my rows this year, so if it works out well, I will remember what I did 😉 I have read quite a bit about using mulch in the garden, and one of the blogs I had read (I found it! Old World Garden Farms) talked about how they mulched the garden and brought dirt in to put on top to make rows. I didn’t want to have to bring in dirt, so we plowed the ground and I am just going to really mulch it. The blog talked about how having straw in the rows is really beneficial to the plants, as it helps contain moisture, gives the roots room to move and it breaks down over time, so it adds nutrients. This sounds great to me! I am also hoping that next year, I will not need to till, since we are doing all of this now! So here is what I am doing:

First, I take my hoe, and make a long trench where my row will be placed. I take handfuls of straw, and fill that trench in.

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You can see it filled in here:

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I take my rake, and pull dirt from side of the trench to cover the straw

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And then I pull dirt from the other side to make the mounded row

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Here are two rows done, and I will be putting straw on the paths in between. I am using my rake width as the guide on my row spacing. Its approximately 14″ wide, so I think I will be good. I should be able to easily walk down each row, except maybe in the tomatoes.

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And around here, we garden in our PJ’s! My youngest loves to help and so he was getting me straw with the pitchfork.

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I cannot wait to see how this helps my garden grow this year! I did not mulch last year and I regretted it. We had SO many weeds that they overtook everything and I spent more time weeding and my plants suffered some. So far, the tilled area isnt really growing any weeds, so I am hopeful that I will not have the same problem, especially since I am going to mulch it heavily. I think I have enough straw haha

ETA: The blog I linked to has a LOT of great gardening information, as well as canning/freezing info! I have enjoyed spending time reading it for sure 🙂

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Busy! April 24, 2013

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I have been fairly busy the past few weeks and have totally neglected my blog! I am sorry 🙂 I went and visited my sister in CA for a few days, and that was a much needed break and fun! I hadn’t seen her in a year, so it was definitely past time! During that time, the butcher came out and got my pigs. I now have a freezer full of meat and I am so thankful they have provided our family with food. I miss them, for sure though, and look forward to getting another batch this fall.

My seedlings are doing awesome! So awesome, that they really are ready to go outside. Unfortunately, I keep waking up to snow :/ I thought it was almost the end of April?! I know here in Montana though, the weather is very unpredictable, and who knows when it will be time to plant! So I may be setting containers up for this stuff until they can go out full time.

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Beans in a pot! I am really excited about getting beans early and so far, they are doing well!

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My freezer! This makes me SO happy and I am very proud of what I have accomplished so far. 90% of this freezer contains things I have grown or raised. There are vegetables from my garden last year, chicken that I raised last summer and pork! I am picking up another freezer this week, and hoping I can get this one defrosted. I need to paint it as well, since it is now a “in the house” freezer and not a garage freezer! Thinking chalkboard or dry erase paint. Then we can write notes, keep a record of what is IN the freezer, ect.

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Blah! I know we need the moisture, but I am really over snow. I love the stuff.. in the winter. I saw a meme on Facebook the other day, that said we are currently celebrating “Sprinter” How accurate! Most of this snow is now gone though, but more is in the forecast.

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Finally have a tentative plan March 27, 2013

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So, Ive been searching for garden planning software for awhile and finally found what I needed! This site is really cool and I just spent far too much time playing with a garden layout. Its free for 30 days or $25 for the year. I do not know what all the perks are just yet, but I am pretty happy that it gives me the layout tools I needed to easily get this garden planned out.

Here is a link to my garden rough draft: http://www.growveg.com/garden-plan.aspx?p=387718#

Here is a link to the website: GrowVeg.com

And I am doing companion planting, so I used a few different charts, but I liked this one the most: http://www.howtogardenadvice.com/garden_info/companion_planting_chart.html

Have you gotten your garden planned out yet?? I would LOVE to see your garden if you decide to try the planner. Just leave me a link in the comments!