Yes, I've been gardening :-)
I can tell you one thing for certain, my hands aren't going to look like a fairy princes's on our wedding day...lol
Today I worked on planting the tomatoes. I put in some chicken manure for the nitrogen content and eggshells for calcium. I am figuring the plants may need extra nitrogen because the wood chips that I am putting over the surface of the soil take nitrogen out of it.
I also sprayed them with a secret (shhhh!) mixture to try and prevent the early blight that Washington tomatoes tend to suffer.
Here it is:
1 TB Vegetable Oil
"Why are you using wood chips?" you ask. Well, we're trying out a method we learned about recently called "Back to Eden" gardening. I would encourage anyone who has a garden or who is interested in having one, to visit the guy's website and watch his full-length film. http://backtoedenfilm.com/ Many have grown very successful gardens this way. Basically, the chips keep the weeds from growing, protect the soil from erosion, retain moisture (so you never have to water!) and over time add organic matter as they decompose.
Sounds too good to be true, huh?
The peas are looking good!
This was yesterday's project. The green beans (Blue Lake Pole I think) are planted along the fences, and there are some Scarlet Runner beans and Louisiana Purple Pod beans on the arch ;-)
The poor little onions are starting to look a little better.
Meanwhile, the busy bees have been doing their job...very well. The orchard has quite a bit of fruit!
Back at the Bowes house, Valerie and Mommy have been hard at work in the garden too! Valerie is very excited about learning to garden this year. I'm so glad she wanted to take it up!!
She's been pulling weeds all day!
I have another exciting post to put up soon, until then, I leave you all in miserable suspence. ;)