Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo plantings and Homer's Birthday!

The side of the hoop house closest to the house. 22 vegetable beds here, almost all planted. Most of the big roots removed by Homer with a mattock (yes his shoulders hurt). The pigs rooted out the smaller stuff. Each of those water barrels is now hooked up so that when it rains, 100 gallons fill at each bay. Drip tape from the water barrels will go in today, from the well in the next couple of weeks. Right now we have had days of sunshine with rain in the evening, perfect for seeds just getting started.
Same side of hoophouse, with a view of the rolling peig pen. The large pipe holds water, 5 gallons, so that the pigs can drink as they need. Buckets/low rubber pans do not work, they kick them over.
Potatoes and asparagus in. This is about 150 pounds of potatoes and 100 crowns of asparagus.
The side of the hoophouse furthest from the house. On this side we experimented with growing things over winter and starting other things while it was still quite cold out. Onions, garlic, leeks, potatoes, many different greens, carrots, rutabagas and even a few beets are on this side.
Under the hoophouse. The south side of plastic has been removed. Peas, sunflowers, lettuce, radish, Chinese cabbage, potatoes, spinach, parsley, and even a little basil are in here. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and flowers will live here over the summer, and the north side will be removed in another 10 days. Still too chilly at night to remove.

And happy birthday to Homer! Sunny and not too hot, a great day for a birthday.

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