Saturday, March 20, 2010

Building queens



Kim and I have been on a building binge. All thoughts of finishing Bathroom #2 have evaporated, and instead we have been sawing and hammering up a storm outside. It began with the chicken yard makeover, which meant a new gate and repairs to the fencing. Then I decided I wanted a new trellis for the spot where I'm going to attempt to grow cucumbers and melons this year, so we built that. And then Kim's thoughts turned to potatoes.

Kim loves potatoes. Much of the expansion of the raised bed real estate in our garden is attributable to Kim's desire for potatoes - lots and lots of potatoes. Last year we built a huge new bed that doubled the area we had allocated for potatoes, and that still wasn't enough. So today we built another new bed, this one measuring 16 feet by 3 feet. We have run out of room inside the deer fenced part of the property, so we had to build the new bed outside. We're not sure if deer like potatoes or not - I guess we'll find out.

Kim has all kinds of plans for this bed. Potatoes, yes. Onions, too - yesterday she came home with some red onion sets she saw in the garden store, to supplement the seedlings I started a few weeks ago. For those of you who haven't grown onions before, "sets" are like little onion bulbs. It's a lot easier to grow onions from bulbs rather than seeds - onion seedlings, according to what I've read and my own experience, are a bit temperamental. But sets can flower too quickly, resulting in small onions. It will be interesting to see how the sets and the seedlings compare.

Now Kim thinks even this new bed won't be enough to satisfy her, and she's got her eye on another spot along the deer fence. That will be tomorrow's task.

3 comments:

jeanives said...

Jim has put together two 8x3 beds for a kitchen garden, and that's the extent of our 'food' growing. Being from PEI and knowing that potatoes are prolific I have to point out that you are looking at a LOT of produce from that one bed! And then you have to store them...

Paula said...

Do you have enough storage space for them? I hope you're lucky with potatoes!! If you have access to a lot of leaves, my neighbor in Florida used to just through leaves on top of his potato plants- he'd keep adding leaves as they got taller. When they were read to dig, it was a cinch to get through, and then he'd leave the leaves there to make leaf mold. He was the first organic gardener I ran across, and he said he did it that way because he found that it worked the best. He sure grew a lot of food.

Miriam said...

What a great idea! We were planning to do the same thing except with straw rather than leaves. But Kim has changed her mind about the beds (which have been designated hers to play with since I'm the boss of the inside-the-fence part of the garden) and today we bought 15 blueberry plants, of 5 different varieties, to go in the beds instead. We will still have lots of potatoes inside the fence - more than enough, me thinks!

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