This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

oak leaves and garden plans

oak leaves 012

Its an old saying I remember reading: "Plant corn when the oak leaves are a big as squirrels ears." My guess is this weekend will be perfect timing for planting corn.

A couple months ago my son asked me to plant popcorn again this year. I had decided I didn't have enough room and hadn't set aside space for popcorn. But I'm not one to refuse a gardening request. So I revised my plan (below) to make room for corn.

In addition to the added popcorn, when I went to prepare the bed for the potatoes as planned, I can across two giant underground rocks that I couldn't move. So the potato bed had to be moved too. Here is the revised plan. We'll see how well I follow this.

Microsoft PowerPoint - Garden plan 2011b



Anonymous lee t. said...

this year i'm pre-sprouting my popcorn before planting it, and fertilizing with bird doo ("chickety doo doo" from the lawn section of the store) before planting. so far, the pre-sprouting is doing *great* for my peas (every single one came up) and i'm pretty happy with how the corn is looking.

May 12, 2011 7:29 AM

Anonymous mediaOrganic said...

You sure do squeeze a lot of crops into a tight space. I may have to swing by this summer to take a look at the real thing.

May 13, 2011 4:04 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Our plans always get changed, usually because we seed too many veggies, so they have to be fitted in somewhere!
I know that breaks the crop rotation law a bit, but hey I think you can get away with it a little.
Marian (LondonUK)

May 14, 2011 4:01 AM

Anonymous lee t. said...

i'm doing popcorn again this year, though trying a 3 sisters configuration for the first time. also tried pre-sprouting the popcorn and am liking the results: worked like a charm with the peas, and boy it was easy to handle and plant the pre-sprouted popcorns.

May 14, 2011 8:42 PM

Blogger kathy said...

You should definitely swing by and walk through the Belmont Victory Gardens. There are MANY fantastic gardens this your!

Pre-sprouting sounds like a great idea. I may have to try this for my popcorn. Then I won't worry that my old seed isn't good any more - I'll know if its sprouting. I remember doing this as a kid in a baby food jar with paper towels. We'd stuff towels in the jar, put the seeds along the glass between glass and towel, water the towels and then watch the seeds sprout. Thanks for the good idea.

May 15, 2011 4:43 PM

Anonymous lee t. said...

i found the sprouts got lodged in the paper towels, so re-did it just loose in the jar (mason jar with wet paper towel for a lid under the band, rinse the whole shebang daily). turns out my year-old seeds germinated near 100%.

May 15, 2011 8:30 PM

Blogger kathy said...

My seeds are 3 years old. I expect good germination still. I will sprout them loose as you suggest.

May 15, 2011 9:03 PM


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