While at the Paso Fino farm, we visited with the owners Mario & Kathy for a bit, and then filled the trailer with the manure. I also got a few photos of some pretty wildflowers growing about the edges of their farm...I don't know their names though, if you do, please share:)
Once we left there, we went to pick up a large mechanical tiller/cultivator. Originally, we had decided we were going to apply the "no till" method of gardening that we learned about from Simple Tips for Better Garden Soil and Ruth Stouts System. However, after some additional discussions with ol' timer's who have gardened this mountain soil for years, and felling those huge trees that landed right on the garden sending monstrous limbs deep into the plot, we decided that tilling the garden this year made the most sense.
Our first step was to spread the manure all over the garden. Mountain Man stood in the trailer (yes, in the sh**) and shoveled it from there. I filled the wheelbarrow and brought it to the far end of the plot, spreading it where Johny couldn't reach.
Our plan is to plant the majority of our seeds into the garden area that we have been nurturing with manure, straw and winter rye since last October. The new areas will be planted by amending the soil with planting mix and Black Kow (a bagged cow manure), and sowing only those seeds that don't require a deep growing medium, and that we have also planted in the nurtured garden area. This will be a real-life experiment so we can see what, if any, difference the soil types make. Of course, we will have much more sun this season, which will effect the entire garden, so we will have to keep that in mind as we compare productivity.
Today, we planted the rest of our seed potatoes (in addition to what we planted in our raised beds in the yard). We planted red, Yukon gold and Murphy's (white) in two rows, some of each in the nurtured plot area and some in the newly tilled area (where we amended with soil and Kow)...another experiment to evaluate the planting medium. This is the plot...the left is the nurtured row, the right is the newly cultivated and amended row. The sticks are to help us know where we planted for now; the one laying perpendicular in the middle is the halfway mark where we changed what was planted where.
Between yesterday and today, I'm pooped (pun intended again, LOL!). But there is something magnificently gratifying about preparing and planting a garden!
Thanks for reading my blog, you are the best f/f/r/s/f's, see you tomorrow,