The End of Plot 26, the Beginning of Plot 32

There has been a lot of activity at the garden lately with many gardeners anxious to get their plots into shape and start spring planting.  The Community Harvest group was out in force yesterday to weed their plots and they look great.

The biggest news for us is that we are moving from a 10 x 16 plot to the largest size, 16 x 16.  We are taking over plot 32, the one that Trey and Amelia used to have.  Our old plot 26 is being taken over by a new garden member, Oxford’s Mayor Pat Patterson!  Pat has graciously allowed us to keep our garlic in plot 26 until it is ready to harvest in late spring.

We have weeded plot 32, put in a border of 2 x 4s, hilled up a few rows, spread our compost, and started planting.  We have now put in plants for strawberries, chard, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, and rhubarb.  Today I’m going to put out just a few seeds for broccolini, radishes, lettuces, and carrots.

I’m experimenting with making my own seed tapes.  One of the problems I have with planting seeds is that they seem to get washed out from where they were planted.  I cut the folded edges off of some newspaper pages, applied a slurry of cornstarch and water inside the fold, placed my seeds on the paper, then folded the newspaper over the seeds.  I applied more cornstarch mixture to seal the paper over the seeds and then let the strips dry.  I’ll let you know how well this works!



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by TiffanyB. on February 26, 2012 at 11:09 am

    looks great! now I feel like we’re running late. the seed tape is a great idea.


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