Daily Archives: January 26, 2014
I had been reading a gardening book during the winter. I decided that we should plant the rows from side to side, instead of end to end. I realized that meant that the rows would be shorter but we would get more of them. We needed enough space between each row to walk between them. We had decided we wanted to plant a larger assortment of vegetables as well. I discussed this with my Hubby and he agreed. He had decided that we needed an upraised potatoe bed beside the rock boarder. I was reluctant but finally agreed.
We decided to start growing some of the vegetables in the house earlier to give them a good head start. We planted even more than we did the first year. We wanted lettuce, spinage, carrots, peas, sweet peas, string beans, corn, cucumbers, two kinds of potatoes, chives, onions, dill and of course tomatoes to begin with. I suggested that we start them in the house and tranfer them to the green house and then move them to the garden later. He agreed so we got started. We didn’t see my kitchen table or out our window because of all the seedlings until June.
We do great with onions every year. We eat them fresh all summer long and we freeze them for the winter. We hang others to dry over our wood burning stove as well. We use this wood burning stove during the winter to bake bread and pizzas. If you place a slab of marble in the oven and bake your bread or pizza on it you get a stone bake oven flavor.
We planted early potatoes from Finland in the Rock garden as an experiment so we would have potatoes for Midsommar (A celebration for the Summer Soltice). They were expensive tiny potatoes with thin skins.They are meant to be boiled whole and eaten with different kinds of pickled herring. Our Neighbors and friends loved them but we were not impressed.
I tried to read all the seed packages for their recommended spacing and count out how many rows we would need for planting. I didn’t account for how much space we needed for the poles for the cucumbers, beans and peas. It was a tight squeeze. My hubby found it hilarious watching me struggle to get my big rear end between two really tight rows with poles.
We decided to experiment by placing corn between the potatoe rows. This actually worked pretty good. We live on a hill with a lake on two sides of us. We get a lot of strong winds. Last year this was a problem for our corn, bellpeppers and eggplant. My hubby fought last year trying to keep our corn standing. We hoped that since the potatoe plants are quite high that they would provide the extra support the corn needed to with stand the wind. Seems once again my Hubby was Right.
We were really successfull with both the corn and potatoes. My Hubby was displeased with the corn because we had such a cool and rainy summer that year. We were lucky that we had such a good crop. Alot of farmers in Sweden lost their potatoe crops due to all the rain. Since our potatoes were above ground level the monsoon didn’t affect them quite as bad as it did all the other farmers around us. Tractors were stuck in muddy fields everywhere and the crops rotted in the fields because they couldn’t be harvested.
I cut the corn off the cob that didn’t mature fully and froze it in bags. It was great to use in soups and corn bread.
My hubby first measured the size of the potatoe box and marked the ground with sticks. If you look closely at the second picture, you can see that he cut the turf so he could make them into rolls. He had decided to use it in the yard later to fill in wholes and make the ground more level in places.
He talked to the neighbors and found a farmer with his own saw mill in our area. He purchased and transported the boards that he needed home with the help of a neighbor who had a truck.Then the hard work began. He screwed the boards together. He hammered stakes into the ground to hold the boards in place. Then he screwed the stakes to the boards.
We have a hard rocky thin layer of top soil, then clay and in places bedrock.That is probably why this pasture is used for grazing land instead of crops. We wanted the garden close to the house which is why this spot was chosen. He wanted the dirt scooped out, so that we could fill it with good rich soil and manure. We knew then our garden would thrive in it. It took a lot more dirt than we thought to fill it up