Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spring Is Finally Here - Gardening

The weather finally started to feel like spring without the low temperatures, winds, thunder, lightning, rain, freeze, tornadoes, and hail.  It was beautiful today, temperatures peaked around 72 degrees, the sun was out, and there was a nice breeze.  So beautiful, I spent most of the afternoon out in the garden. 
Several of the garden boxes were prepped before winter initially started.  I cleared out all the old vegetable plants, placed new compost, and covered each bed with straw.
Now that the temperatures are truly conducive to working outside, it really feels like spring, I found myself outside working on the above ground garden beds. 
I pulled out all the straw, including the areas that started growing, placed all the dry straw in a container to reuse elsewhere, and discarded the wet straw.  Then I moved to setting up my tires for potato growing.  I laid down the news papers, placed one set of tires over each newspaper, placed a layer of compost in the center of the tire, placed my potato seed pieces (regular and sweet), covered each tire center with straw, placed another tire on top of the first and then watered each since finished. In several weeks I should see potato vines poking out of the straw; at that point I will need to place more straw to cover the vine while the potatoes continue to grow.





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Random Spring pictures:








18 comments:

  1. Aw, that is a happy pup. Everybody loves springtime! And your garden looks really good.

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    1. Leigh,

      Both dogs are always so happy. They love coming outside while I work in the garden. You can say that again, oh how I'm so happy spring is here :-)

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  2. Oooo! The wonderful sight of new, fresh garden beds, ready for new yummies!!! Do the little yippers "help" you planting? Mine destroy the beds every chance they get.

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    1. Carolyn,

      I can't wait to finish all the garden boxes and start having vegetables and fruit to harvest. The little yippers love to roll in the dirt right where I'm working.

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  3. I like the way the gray/black pictures are juxtaposed with the colorful pictures. Those aver nice looking raised beds.

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    1. PP,

      Thanks, I still have more work to do in them before planting. I gave up, I need to get to the rack in the garage and theres to much stuff in the way. I'll get it done this weekend for sure.

      How is your garden coming along?

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  4. Love the pictures, especially the last two!

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    1. Izzy,

      Thanks! Yes the last two are my favorite.

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  5. sweet Sandy - thanks for sharing your gardening and spring pictures - they uplifted my spirits. this "spring" has been crazy - we are easily 3 weeks behind normal temps. i only just started my pepper and tomatoe plants, jambaloney is starting to build the greenhouse this weekend. he hasn't been able to start it because even though the snow has been gone for weeks, the ground was still too frozen to build on. and we have had a month of gray weather - ugh. so your pictures really did lift my spirits. apparently we are supposed to have a week of sun and normal spring temps this week. i can't wait!!!!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Sweet Kymber,
      Your welcome, I hope you start getting some of that beautiful sun. It needs to warm up for you up there.
      It just started warming up for us here and boy did I get started working because were behind too.

      Your Friend,
      Sandy
      P.S. Give Jam a hug from me

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  6. Sandy! Thank you for stopping by The Rehomesteaders. We're so happy to have new visitors. I can tell I'm going to love following your blog--I always enjoy reading other peoples' self-sufficiency, animal, homemaking, homesteading, etc stories. I think I've got a lot to learn from your blog. :)
    -Rachael from The Rehomesteaders
    http://therehomesteaders.blogspot.com/

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    1. Rachael,

      My pleasure, I love reading new blogs. I've stopped by yours, and started following. I look forward to learning more about The Rehomesteaders blog.

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  7. Can't wait to see how your potatoes do. Adding tires and more dirt would give you a good harvest ☺
    Your flowers are beautiful!

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    1. Kelly,
      Thanks, last year I had a good grouping of sweet potatoes. I love the idea of not having to dig the potatoes up and then scrub them. Planting this way, I just clean the potato and I'm ready to prepare them for cooking and canning.

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  8. Wow great ideas for gardening interesting way to grow potatoes makes a lot of sense. B

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    1. B,

      Thanks! I like not having to dig out all the potatoes, I just remove the straw and then I have my potatoes.

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  9. I just love the tire idea. All my spares are full of baby goats at the moment - wouldn't you know it.

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    1. Michaele,

      Your baby goats love to play with the tires, that's cute.

      You may also want to see what Patrice Lewis did on her blog with tires. Her blog is: http://www.rural-revolution.com/2013/04/of-gravel-and-voles.html

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