Sunday, August 21, 2011

Spring production line...

Rain is forecast from today (Sunday) until mid week, so yesterday we made hay while the sun shone.



275 pots planted with tomato seeds (5 varieties), dill, basil, sage, amaranth, cucumber, squash, butternut, hubbard squash.

While 3 if us were busy with that, Superman and daughter tackled making potato planters based on these ones. We can fit about 6 of them along the wall on a brick paved area and at R699 a pop we had to make a plan for ourselves.

We have tried potatoes in tyres but they never yielded like expected and recently studies have shown that chemicals can leech from the tyres to the soil and thus potatoes so to err on the side of caution we were looking for a new way to do this making use of our paved areas.

We have grown potatoes in the main veggie beds too in the past and the yields are good, but they are in the ground for a long time, cannot be replanted there in the next 2 years and in our small space where we need to focus on intensive growing the new wooden frames seem like a win.

We shall see, we shall see.....

4 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

I love watching your planning, doing, and progress. Love those newspaper cups for seed starters. I believe you just got a thingie to make those last year, didn't you?

Mo and Steve said...

It's great wathcing you planning for sowing whilst we are busy harvesting :) Like the wooden planters a lot!

Wendy said...

Thanks Lois, yes I bought it last year...planning a post on the top 5 tools soon.

Mo/Steve...I really hope they work - the planters that is - they will solve the space issue in a big way!

Carol Flett said...

It's weird to watch you getting ready to plant while we are harvesting, but it gives us plenty of time to think about what we will be doing in spring.
I love it!