It has been too long!! Last thursday, my good friend Pete disced in my first garden area with his Kubota tractor and subsoiler. Little did we know the power of the weeds-that-be! as it turns out, we shifted the garden to the left due to soil fertility and were able to shape some rows out this weekend.
At the same time, Pete and Kirk are getting the irrigation under way. Fortunately,it's a straight shot, but it is still a lot of work!
Shaping the rows, spreading compost and spreading leaves from the neighbors yards in the aisles to increase tilth and hopefully to keep the weeds down, but they are tenacious!!
The irrigation pipe was laid today and spickets (sp?) are up!Thank you Pete!! We flushed the lines and the water quality and pressure looks great. We're running off of a well. Tomorrow, orthis weekend, we'll lay the tubing and then lay out the lines of micro tape for each row....then planting the babies I planted in trays with Danielle at Sea Island Savory are more than ready and so am i!
Beautiful organic rhizomes of turmeric and ginger arrived on my doorstep and they are gorgeous! East Branch Ginger out of Hawaii so not local, but good people running a small quality business! These take about 6- 12 months to grow, so for our climate, I'll be harvesting in about 6 months for fresh, pink baby ginger...yum! more photos on gallery page!
Phew! Pete finished setting the pipes for the irrigation and it's time to plant! I have 3 different types of corn I'd like to try and corn likes to grow in grids or blocks for better pollination. Corn also cross pollinates, so I'm going to create 3 separate grids within one garden and plant them Three Sisters Style-hopefully on a Saturday with the lovely Fiddler's Farm Families!
Last week was great! I was able to farm all day, everyday-I had to keep pinching myself! So much fun. On Monday, I made sure that about 5 beds were prepped and ready as Pete finished up the irrigation. Then, I lay out the irrigation lines for the beds that were ready to plant and I ran the irrigation in those beds and let it run for awhile as I figured out what I wanted to plant where.
I was hoping for rain and we finally got some, but wasn't counting on HAIL! I was a-shakin in my boots as I drove to the farm this morning, worrying over my tomatoes. Man, those little fellers have had a rough start...sitting in their plug trays for months, trying to be pleasing and bloom for me. Then, I plant them out on the windiest day of the year, seriously, and the next day was too! I buried them deep, possibly over did it on the bonemeal and then it has been super hot with no rain. wamp wamp.
These may not look appetizing now, but I bet they will in the next 6 months and on to the years that come! These are my hop rhizomes that just arrived today! Four varieties chosen for disease resistance and heat tolerance ( we'll see about that!) I get pretty good wind circulation where I'm growing and plan on monitoring often and stripping the bottom three feet of leaves off of the vines to keep the mildew down. What do you say to an uber local dirt brown porter or ale that was grown and brewed on James Island or Folly, Nchuck, Chasdowntown...this area??!!