Last weekend, K helped me prepare one of the in ground gardens for planting. We removed one of the trellis supports that the pole beans grew on last year to make space for the San Marzano Tomatoes that will be grown on the remaining trellis this year.
|Two New Semi-Raised Beds|
The garden was amended with compost and mixed in with the Mantis cultivator. K also helped by building two 3x8 foot frames out of 2x4s. These were filled with garden soil amended with compost. Carrots and onions will be grown in one of the new beds and peppers will planted in the other.
Carrots were the motivation to actually frame in a few beds this year. I have difficulty growing carrots and I am hoping that the slightly raised bed and deeply dug and amended soil will result in a happy place for carrots to grow.
The carrot seed mats (Granny's method) were made earlier in the season one day when I was dreaming of gardening but the weather was not cooperating. I found some cheap napkins that measured exactly 12x12 inches. I folded the napkins into quarters and glued a couple carrot seeds along the top and left edges and at the crossed creases. They were folded up and stored in zipper bags until ready for planting.
|Carrot Seed Mats|
After a long workday on Friday, I was able to plant out the carrots and some onion sets into the new bed. The soil was really dry, so I spread out a soaker hose watered the bed well in the morning then again after planting.
Scarlet Nantes and Imperial carrot seed mats planted with Red Baron onion sets in between. Danvers carrots were planted after the photo was taken on the very end.