Monday, September 30, 2013

Starting from scratch...

I harvested the sweet potatoes, peanuts, and Southern peas from my garden this weekend, leaving this bed more or less clear. A rare enough thing in the Florida garden, so I took the time to dig it deeply (without bringing up too much sand from below) and added a few hundred pounds of a compost/peat mix from the local landscaping yard. I also scratched in some 10 10 10 fertilizer and removed a bunch of roots that had infiltrated. This bed only gets OK sunlight in the winter, but I've always had plenty of luck with cabbage, beets, salad greens, broccoli, onions, peas, etc... The usual winter crops.

The next few days are sunny and warm, so I'll wait until mid-week to set out the many transplants I have ready for the garden. They're forecasting plenty of rain for the end of the week...

3 comments:

Jim Oliver said...

does anybody know what eats a sweet potato like in the linked pictures below while it is stil in the ground? https://www.dropbox.com/s/np8aw1cayq24vhn/2013-10-17%2018.40.58.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/np8aw1cayq24vhn/2013-10-17%2018.40.58.jpg

Love Crochet said...

Thanks so much for sharing, starting out is always the best time of the year except for the harvest. It lloks like a great beginning!

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Cassie K said...

I started my vegetables indoors with compost in starter containers. My compost really jump starts progress.
Something else I tried when directly sowing lettuce seed was to use wood ash when scattering seed over top the ground. The ash allows you to see where you planted seed, the ash acts as a thin layer of 'dirt' to lightly cover the seed; also it acts as a fertilize (because ash is high in nitrogen and potassium).