Planting and more
Whooo, folks! I am exhausted! After two days of plowing and planting, I'm feeling very accomplished. Yesterday, I learned how to use the walk-behind tractor. That was during our Crops lab for the WBFP out on my friend, Lizzie Camfield's farm. The tractor is definitely less graceful than draft animals, but it was very useful and fast. We also laid out a lasagna bed--fenced in with straw, we laid down more straw, horse manure, more straw, more horse manure, and so forth until we had unloaded an entire trailer of manure. The straw for the middle of the bed was a little hard to get. Lizzie had it out at the edge of her property in round bales that had been sitting for at least five years, decomposing. the majority of it was still good albeit not fresh, but perfect for composting. Me, Lizzie, Grace, and Hannah all woman-handled that thing into the back of Hannah's pick-up, and then pitchforked into the composting bed. At some point, I managed to fall out of the truck bed (with pitchfork in tow) but I lived to tell the tale!
Today, I calculated out how many of my tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants I can grow; labeled them; and planted them in seed trays to go under the indoor grow light. I was proud! All of my seeds fit into one seed tray! That makes it all feel more manageable. You know, less than 70 plants is much easier than like 300 plants! Now, that's not 70 different varieties, no. I have 12 different kinds of tomatoes (three plants each) six peppers (three each) and 3 types of eggplant (2 plants each.) (Um, then I have 30 different varieties of greens...) Oh m'Lord, what have I gotten myself into? Fun, that's it! Just wait until we get the other two beds put down and get the maypole up--the yard will look awesome!
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A sustainability major at U of L, beginning farmer, crafter, and writer.