Friday, January 30, 2009

inside outside underground

i started off another round of seeds this morning. some will begin their journey inside under the protection of lights and others outside sporting the fluctuating weather in the days ahead.

the inside group includes
  • cucumber
  • amaranth
  • tomato
  • lima beans
  • pink flour corn
the outside group includes
  • bulbing fennel
  • carrots
and i think that will be it for the season (ha ha so she says). really though i do think that may be it. we've got pretty much all of our veggie bases covered. the last item we'll be planting is sweet potatoes. i'll begin the sprouting process for those sweet babies in the next week or so.

in regards to planting i think i'll be clustering the corn, melons and beans together. i figure it worked for the native american indians in the hot hot plains of arizona, why not here? well maybe because they had dry rather than humid conditions but what the heck we'll give it a try just the same. i've got three types of climbing beans, two types of corn and four types of melon. i've not had great luck here with corn in the past. i'm going to try this year with some of the rich chickenpoo fed compost to see if that makes a difference.

i'm going to mix the amaranth with various flowers hoping to trick the flea beetles into thinking there's nothing of interest to eat in the area. we'll see how well that goes. i'd like to trellis a few of the cucumber plants with my climbing roses. i figure the established roses will serve as a strong initial support system. it could be a bad idea, i have to check into disease and such to make sure i'm not setting myself up for disaster.

i'm going to try the tomatoes in a bed deeply enriched with chickenpoo compost as well. we'll see if that gets them jet ready for a big harvest. i've got to get them out as early as possible considering the early heat onset we experienced last year. it got so hot so early that the poor darlings could not set, not even at night.

i'd love to find goods in order to build two superbig teepees for additional beans and vining plants. i'm thinking the 12' or 16' size poles. i've built them with smaller goods but the beans quickly overtake the size of the teepee and flop over themselves. i hope to find the goods locally because i think shipping costs alone could make it hard to justify the cost. this may be another drive around the area and pick up sticks along the side of the road gig. hey, it's never been beyond me up to this point...

i think the shape of things may be shifting this year. i'm thinking more and more it's time to change the layout of the current veggie garden along with the addition of several more beds. the plan reveals itself a bit more each day. i ponder then i let it go and allow my subconscious to work on it while i'm busy with other tasks. it will come, i trust that much.

anyway, i've got to prep for travel. another busy working weekend. how's your garden planning shaping up?


Robert Ede said...

Hello Chick - thank you for the links to the seed companies in an earlier post. January is the month to scan the seed catalogues and plan the garden. I have not had to order seeds for the past couple of years. This year I am due. Will get them from William Dam Seeds, West Coast Seeds, and Stokes. I am looking for a Canadian supplier for Burpee Seeds but have not had any luck.

I use chicken manure on my garden. My Dad used to call it, ‘The Cadillac of Manures.’ My father used to make, what he called, chicken shit tea. Putting well aged manure in a small gunny sack and letting it sit in a barrel of water, then watering around his tomatoes, cucs, broccoli, cabbage and any other well established plants. He did this about mid July. He would also make a tea out of dead rotting fish and dip the seedlings roots and dirt at the time of transplanting. I tried this once but my dogs dug them up and rolled on them!

The one thing I do know about chicken manure is that it must be well aged or it will burn or stunt your garden. I am not a connoisseur of manure, but I try to rotate my manures and compost just as I do my crops. This year, believe it or not, I may use elk manure. I’ll tell you more about this later.

We are still knee deep in snow but the days are noticeably longer. I hope this note finds you in high spirits. Take care and stay cool.

zippy said...

i think it's pretty interesting that two BC folks are watching a hippy chick in Austin live simple.

life in BC all winter is pretty simple--ski, write, eat, drink and sleep.

summer becomes a little more complex, but the days are a lot longer.

your photos are great and the poems work well with them. do you ever visit bukowskis fun stuff. Buk, Waits and Carver.

if you're in fernie drop in for a beer.

shellywoman said...

I take the viewing as high compliment. you are discerning folk up in those there northern parts. i have indeed stopped by bukowskis in fact i have an old college friend who was just crazy for bukowski, his name was similar sounding. i believe he made efforts on occasion to inhabit the bukowski self/lifestyle. some thought him a crazy freak, i found him interesting, yes a bit crazy but truly interesting. he is a poet too. one who falls in and out of universal contact. don't know where he is right now, i've heard ny but not sure. just the same i left a voice mail for him while in ny have not heard back - not surprised - he will surface again - as who who knows, possibly as himself but when? when he wishes too.

anyway, i appreciate your stopping in. keep yourself warm up there. if ever in fernie, i will stop in for a beer. i'll be the one sitting in a not so far corner booth just kind of watching the goings on. not uncomfortable, not hiding, just a bit outside the edge.