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.

Monday, April 21, 2014

pea planting

pea planting IMG_7298 pea planting  IMG_7299 pea planting  IMG_7301 Today I planted my peas! The first seeds to go into my new garden.

I brought three wheelbarrows full of loam down to one of my new raised beds. I added two 40 lb bags of composted cow manure, turned it, then raked the surface smooth. I planted two packages of 5 foot tall French snow pea seeds. For each, I cleared a 2 inch deep trench about 5-6 inches wide. Since I haven't planted peas in this soil before, I sprinkled on pea/bean innoculant, scattered the pea seeds, then covered the area. I added some 6 foot tall branches for supports. Our irrigation water isn't on yet, so the seeds will sprout when they get enough moisture.

We are in the process of applying to the Town Conservation Commission for a permit for this vegetable garden site since it's near wetlands: a pond and a seasonal brook. It doesn't seem that there is any problem getting the permit as the garden is all sustainable organic and we are planning work to avoid runoff and mitigate local wildlife habitat issues. But since we do not yet have "go ahead" approval, I am filling and planting one bed at a time. For this first planting, I used a minimum of soil - only 3-4 inches in an 8 inch raised bed. I think approval takes 3 weeks from submission, which will go in next week (hopefully). The submission will include all of the modifications that we plan for the house and yard. One of the modifications to the hose is the addition of a vegetable storage/root cellar that I look forward to filling up with home-grown vegetables.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea using branches for support! I hope you get approval.

April 25, 2014 7:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I just love the idea of using those branches! Do they actually work well as supports? I might try it.

April 25, 2014 6:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't get approval, it all has to be taken out?

April 25, 2014 8:03 PM

Blogger Margaret said...

Wow - look at all those beds! I'm going to be carting some soil this weekend too. It's definitely the toughest part of the job when it comes to new beds. Good luck with the approval!

April 25, 2014 8:29 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I'm not really sure of the approval process in the Town we've moved to. It sounds like we will get approval, but they want to review our plans as they may ask that we move things a bit one way or another, add measures to reduce drainage into wetlands, or add more native plants in the yard to compensate for all the domestic garden plants. I don't really know. I'm sure they want to know that I'm using sustainable organic methods, which I've told them I am - for my vegetable garden, fruit trees, chickens and the bees i hope to add soon. I'll publish parts of my narrative here if I get approval.

April 26, 2014 12:33 AM


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