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Garden in Review: What do May flowers bring? Pilgrims.

CHANGE IS IN THE AIR

i am very excited to introduce you to Hungry For Living’s newest member!!
~*Farmer-T*~

i have mentioned him in numerous posts in the past, but starting today he is going to be making his very own contributions to the BLOG

to get started, he’s updating us on HIS garden… hopefully we’ll be hearing from him LOTS more – beer reviews, recipes, and other bits of the craftiness he is up to

take it away NEWb!

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This year’s predominant theme is a combination of intense companion planting in combination with the methodologies (or lack thereof) I’ve studied over the winter developed by Masanobu Fukuoka. Throughout my reviews you’ll notice I don’t regularly weed or regularly till. Things may look in disarray, but there is a methodless method to it all.

A couple noticeable improvements have been made since last year. The size has almost doubled to include a field for various grains, popcorn/sorghum in the summer and barley in the winter. But more importantly, this field will employ the Three Sisters approach of companion planting (corn, beans, squash). Also, an 8 ft tall cattle fence trellis for pole beans, melon, and cucumber has been installed to replaced the previous nylon trellis netting.

Using the PlanGarden, I was able to better get an idea of what should go where based on the complex companion planting relationships. Here is a look at my overall plan…My Garden Design:

Here is the video review of my current set up:

Here are some pictures of onions from last year, this one is going to be huge and is also about to flower. After its done flowering, I’ll pull it and make it into a tasty treat:
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The cauliflower from last year is starting to come to a head. This plant takes so very long to grow, I’m wondering how anyone gets a crop in one season since it’s a cold weather crop:
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Lots of blueberries are almost ready to be picked. The type I have are Bluecrop, Chippewa, and Elliot. This is their third year, once they have fully matured I should expect to pull a pint a day from the eight plants during their peak:
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Here is some rutabaga, not having so much luck with the cabbage moths murdering them. But it is interesting to see how some plants prosper, but others don’t. Perhaps I will let this one go to seed since obviously something is going on that makes it better than the rest:
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Last year’s attempt at potatoes wasn’t so impressive, but I learned a few things since then. Looking very healthy this year. Better seed stock, starting with deeper soil, and planting at the right depth. The plan here is to start with two tires high, then when they are strong and ready to be hilled, add the next tire, then fill with more soil. I expect to yield 25 lbs per stack. Here I have Red Norland, Yukon Gold, and Austrian Crescent Fingerlings:
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First year for peas. Last year I started them indoors, not a good idea. Then planted them too late and they burned up. Recently, at the base of these I planted cucumber, melon, radish, carrots, and pole beans. This year I found an interesting pole bean cultivar called Cherokee Trail of Tears, supposedly it is the same bean the Indians carried with them during that historical trek. They are good fresh and also dry, so we shall see:
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~Farmer-T

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THANKS for dropping a line BRO!
we are all interested in what’s to come. welcome to the blogging world!

~Mel