Starting of a new season, busy two weeks!

jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)March 22, 2012

It is spring break and that only means one thing for me. Plant like crazy! I am a market gardener and teacher, so spring break means garden time. Only problem it has rained everyday since Monday. Luckily, the forecasters were correct on this and I started my work last week with tilling and making raised beds. I spent many hours getting as much stuff planted outside as I could prior to the rain. So, during spring break I have been planting everything inside all 6 of my high tunnels. Here are some pics.

Carrots, Cherry tomatoes and onions sets

Big Tomatoes

Bok Choy, Swiss Chard, Happy Rich Broccoli, Winterbor Kale and Red Russian Kale

Red, White and Yellow Sweet Onions

More Onions, Bok Choy, Napa Cabbages, Lettuce Spinach

Outside plantings, use to be inside a movable high tunnel Carrots. I started to weed, then it got too muddy. It is going to stink to get these all weeded.

Radishes, Turnips, and Over Wintered Green onions

More onions, Beets and Onions under a low tunnel

More Onions, Leeks and Potatoes

I also planted a 1/4 an acre of potatoes at another location.

I have one more building to fill with peppers, but they will wait til April 1st. Then I will also move the movable buildings and transplant in Cucumbers and Zucchini. I my mind, spring has sprung!


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sunnibel7 Md 7(7)

Looking good, Jay!

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 9:39AM
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Jay, are those beds formed by machine?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 4:29AM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

If you are talking about the plastic mulched beds, no we laid that by hand.

It takes some time, but we are getting faster. I hope the time spent now means less weeding in the future.

First I till the beds out to at least 3 feet wide.

Then I come back with a rake or a hoe and make a 4 to 6 inch furrow on each side of the bed.

Then we set the roll of plastic on the bed roll it out a few feet and bury the edges and on the end. It works best to hold it down with a helper or a heavy concrete block. Then unroll further and stretch as you go. Fill the sides back in with the dirt.

Then at the end of the rows, my helpers help me out.

I hope this helps. I wish I had a mulch layer, but I need to get the tractor and tiller first. I did build a garden bedder/hiller that I used to make raised beds outside. I rented a tractor this year and it worked great.


    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 9:49AM
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