Analysis – 2 weeks

I think my dates are a bit off, but based on my written journal, today is THE second week since planting.  I have tons of pictures, but instead of putting them in the post, I’ll just link them.  Or, you can click the photostream in the sidebar.

Corn 1:  This is the three rows we planted two or so weeks earlier than the rest.  Right out of the shoot, they did good – until we planted the second batch and we saw the difference.  On these three rows, I pinch-planted… meaning, I deliberately set two kernals every 12″. 

Corn 2:  These rows really took off, and I think its due to two reasons:  one, I “shook” seeds in the row, kind of on the heavy side, and secondly, this area gets a bit more sunshine.

Cucumber 1 and Cucumber Closeup:  12 mounds, only 9 took.  No clue why, but I can only wonder if the birds indulged?  I replanted today.

Squash and Squash Closeup:  The buggers shifted, or moved, or something.  I don’t know what happened, but they aren’t where we put them!  We have six plants out of I believe 8.  Won’t replant because of time constraints.

Cantelope & Cantelope Closeup:  6 hills, 4 took.  I am considering maybe using some of the extras from thinning and putting them in an empty hill.  Otherwise, we are going with what we got.

Watermelon & Watermelon Closeup:  Again, 4 of 6 popped.  I replanted 2.  These and pumpkins are going to be interesting to see if we pull it off.

Radishes & Radishes Closeup:  They are radishes.  So easy a caveman could do it. 🙂  I thinned through today.

Pumpkins & Pumpkins Closeup:  Doing pretty good and growing fast!  I only thinned the furthest mound.  The other two have two plants a piece.

Beets and Beets Closup:  Doing really good – I understand no thinning should be done, so we are leaving them be!

Onions :  Thinned these and what a wonderful smell from the thinnings!

Carrots & Carrots Closeup:  Hmm – again an example of pinch and plant.  I think the shake a bunch in the row option yields better results.  If these don’t push hard the next couple of days, I may just replant.

Lettuce:  Had to replant both rows – nothing came up, no clue why.

Beans, Beans, Beans, Beans and Peas:  One thing I have done wrong, is we allowed too much space inbetween wide rows.  In a few cases, we could easily get more in, which is exactly what we are going to do.  Results are spotty as you can see from the photos – is it the moles disrupting the seeds?  No idea.

Patience

James 1: 4 (KJV):

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Patience.

It is needed in all areas of our lives.  It is something, in my opinion, that most people need to work at.  You might think your patient, but how fast do you drive down the road?

Gardening, among other things, is a wonderful lesson in patience.  How do I know?  Checking the garden upwards of five times a day only to get frustrated that the beans haven’t sprouted kind of supports that theory.

You cultivate the earth, so patience must also be cultivated.  I think that by making one simple change in the way you think will make patience eventually become a way of life. 

Stop looking at the now.  Look beyond what you see in front of you and look at the end result.

When you are driving down the road, you begin to speed because right now you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere.  But, stop thinking of that – realize you will get to your end destination.  If, over the course of time you get into the habit of looking toward the end goal, you might actually find you have more patience.

 

Garden Layout

One thing I’m not real well versed in is taking pictures – maybe I’ll get better as time goes by.

For someone with a personality like mine, gardening can sure make you learn how not to be so uptight.  When we were planting on Sunday, I was taking a measuring tape to make sure everything was exact, and it was taking forever.  Thankfully the MR. could see a better, easier way to accomplish what we needed to.

I literally spent many pain staking weeks trying to figure out the best layout – googling it did not help.  I did find The Weekend Gardener to be super helpful, so I based my layout on that.  You can see the layout here.

From whence we came

Growing up in Montana (the picture at the top of the blog is what I got to see every morning out the back door) kind of makes it easy to love being outside.  But, as in most areas of my life, I did it my way. 

Excercise to me was in the form of yard work or riding the horses.  I couldn’t and can’t stand to hike – what’s the point?  You go up, you come down – or, here in Michigan, you go in, you come out.

Fishing, I enjoy.  So long as someone (hi honey!) baits the hook, takes the fish off, and cleans it.  See what I mean?  My way.

Gardening really is no different.  Creepy things and me just cannot coexist.  Worms?  Don’t even get within 50 feet of me.  Ants?  Anyone hear of Orkin?  I’ve tried, Lord I’ve tried, to emerge a bigger, better person by bringing in “tools” of the trade that may help – but, no – Rubber Gloves cannot get me to love the critters any more.  I’m sure there is some benefit to having ants in the garden, but I cannot sit by and watch my hills, mounds and rows become a home to these things.  Worms, I can accept in the garden because even I know they need to be there, but I have to get rid of the ants. 

I will be going to the store to get some (gasp) pesticide.  I prefer to think of it as a going away cocktail for the ants, grubs, fleas, and whatever else in the garden.

Salut!