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Garden Closed For 2020

Planning for 2021

While I was pulling weeds, I was planning seeds. Like last year I used GrowVeg.com to plan it out. Both Plots for the Whole Year Full planting list I clearly have high hopes but those pics are a bit blurry so here's some zoomed in versions. 1st half Planting List 2nd half Planting List Plot #4 Plot #5 Even with GrowVeg, I did not have a detailed enough list for me(they separate by month, not by week) so I started building a spreadsheet and I'm glad I did. Some of the DTM showed me I should move some things earlier. I plan to experiment with planting dates and trying to get as much food as possible out of these plots.  Detailed Planting Spreadsheet This is the first year I'm going to be keeping detailed notes on yield and such. I know it won't be of use after we move to a different climate, but hopefully this experience will teach me not only how to keep notes efficiently, but also what level of detail I'm interested in keeping. I do know that if going

I was done for the season....

But then I talked myself into a lot more work. I had Plot #5 at our garden and after cleaning up I tarped it and thought I was done..... But then I kept looking at Plot #4 right next door to me that had been abandoned mid-summer and dreading poor neighbours next season.....  SO, now Plot #4 officially belongs to my mrs.  Plot #5 closed, Plot #4 in background Knowing there wasn't much time before the snow, and knowing I did NOT want to let those weeds overwinter, I got to work. The first day I went out there and pulled up every big weed. Anything I could reach from standing was removed, some cut with pruners at ground level, others hauled out with whatever roots would come. The fencing was removed by me and the rolls were either stolen, or retrieved by the previous owners overnight. I like to think it was the latter. EOD Plot #4 Oct 11 EOD both Oct 11 EOD pano Oct 11 Next pass and with the help of a garden fork I managed to uproot about a third of the weeds. The pile

6 months gone

 I've been: hiding from COVID seasonal summit with Hugslut housing Wolfie in our spare room learning to program in Ruby went back to work listening to a lot of audiobooks and podcasts gardening learning new plant based meals hiding from COVID again canning writing penpal snail-mail with my niece signing up for a second garden plot thinking toward the future farm plans

End of March Garden Update

I stopped by the garden because it was SUPER windy today and I wanted to make sure everything was in place. I was surprised to see caution tape all over the playground. I mean... it make sense... but my first thought was "crime scene" not "reminding people to not be idiots during a pandemic". Here's a before and after for today. If you look along the left you can see the garlic growing surprisingly well considering the flood and such. As I was cleaning up the blown over barrels and such a gust ripped up the top left corner of the tarp. I went around re-anchoring the tarp and then grabbed some loose 2x4s that had washed against the fence for weights. A lady walking her dog on the other side of the fence struck up a conversation that left me a bit confused: Lady: "Hello! Getting to be that time isn't it?" Me: "Yup, we're getting there. Today I'm just making sure the tarp doesn't fly away in the wind." Lady: &

On Journaling

I've seen a few posts on social media encouraging journaling because future historians will be so happy to have day-to-day accounts from everyday people during this pandemic . . . but I don't really want to preserve my every lil worry and stress. We've made sure our moms are being sensible, and checked in with Wolfie to make sure he was okay, and Hugslut's working from home while I'm on leave trying to make the most of my time by homemaking like a boss . . . but I'm not interested in documenting for the future. I'm more interested in living for the now.

First Seeds of 2020 Planted!

If looking at this chart crosses your eyes like mine, you'll understand why I made a timeline below.  Now keep in mind the numbers are actually kinda vague because I'm planning on interplanting, and some of the seed is older so it's not like one seed = one plant. Timeline Seedling tray legend I also rejiggered the plan a bit because I realised I had interplanted root crops together which is less ideal than interplanting them with the leafy veg nearby. Looking forward to posting some pics once they sprout in a week or two.

Garden Plan for the 2020 Season

The original plan for 2020 As you can see the plan is very crowded, with lots of interplanting and a LOT of different plants. (26 to be exact) This plan heavily relied on being able to get things in the ground as early as March. After learning about the flood and coming to terms with the actual land situation I'm working with, I looked ahead to the next couple months and... March April May As you can see, we're expecting the weather to dip below freezing until the beginning of May so the delicate things like the tomatoes definitely won't be going out til at least mid-May. Thinking of a shorter growing season and looking at the original plan I noticed that potato/zucchini area was where the mint was the worst last year and could probably use a longer period of time under the tarp, so I decided to move the heat loving crops to that end of the plot. Double checking on maps I found that end is actually the south face anyway and they'd probably do the best t

Now I Know

Here's how things looked in January.  I thought the plot was tucked in snug for the winter. My first winter in this community garden has been a learning experience for sure. Near the end of February I stopped by to find the tarp had been completely washed into the walkway. Another gardener told me that there was a 6 foot flood a week or two before that washed everyone's empty composter barrels into the soccer field so I was pretty lucky my tarp had remained anchored in one corner. She mentioned that it's a usual thing and happens pretty much every year. Unfortunately, after the flood there had been some very cold weather so my tarp had frozen to the ground in the walkway. Watching the weather for a warm streak I went back out March 5th to try to get everything back where it belongs. Before After Another surprise under the snow; the garlic has started to sprout! So now I know.  This garden gets REALLY flooded in February, AND that the flood didn&