Digging in the Dirt

Today went just as planned. I woke up early, had my coffee and breakfast and watched the news.  At 8:00 I headed over to Harmon Field to do my run and I was pleasantly surprised to find only a few other people there. I thought for sure there would be youth soccer games going on. I ran three miles, not very fast. I really need to get focused again! I am doing the novice half marathon training but I think I really need a plan that has set times in it like I had for my 10K training. This one just has mileage, no speed training or tempo training, etc. I think I will find a new plan.

As planned, after the run I drove to Landrum to Aires Market to get my plants. I was so happy to find that they had all the tomato varieties that I wanted – especially the Brandywine Heirloom.  I bought s few tomato plants, some hot Tabasco pepper and so Kung Pao peppers! I never heard of them, but I cannot wait to grow them and make Kung Pao chicken with them! I also got some bell pepper plants and melon plants.  At checkout the old man that works there warned me about planting too early. He told me that I really needed to wait another week. He said it a few times in a very serious and concerned tone. I have to take his advice.  At first I was disappointed to not be able to plant, but I figured I have a lot to do to get the ground ready.

I dropped my plants off at home and headed to Lowes. I need soil enhancers. I got a few bags of “Black Kow” manure and some composted mushroom fertilizer. I got home, loaded the Ranger and headed over to the garden. (Yes, I finally got a Ranger lesson and can now drive it all by myself!)

img_0148After I unloaded all my supplies I started in on the dirt. I wanted to make raised beds to put my plants in. This involved measuring off 3×6 foot areas for the tomatoes and digging a trench around the perimeter and piling the extra dirt into what will become the bed. It was weird at first because they looked like little graves instead of garden beds!

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On top of each bed I mixed in the cow manure and mushroom compost that I bought and then took the hoe to the larger chucks to make a relatively smooth dirt. Then I raked the top to make it level. This picture shows the larger beds that I put next to the tomato beds. One of these has bush beans ( I planted them today) and the other will have cucumbers and something else – I have to decide.

It was SO hot while doing all this digging. I brought water, but it was gone pretty quickly. Luckily I have the trusty Ranger so I buzzed back home and got more water and my gardening book. I need constant instruction!

I planted some radish and carrot seeds next to the lettuce John already planted and then made a couple of more beds.

img_0149The smaller beds near the fence will each hold two tomato plants.

img_0150At the end of the first lettuce row on the right is a raised bed where I will put more lettuce, radish and carrots and also some spinach. The new, narrower bed next to it now has onions planted in it.

By the time I was done I was pretty dirty. It looked like I rolled in the dirt!

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All of this took a few hours. My back will definitely be sore tomorrow. And, I failed to wear sunscreen so my back is burnt. Right now I can feel the heat radiating off my back.

Tomorrow it is supposed to rain so I am going to get up early and try to get a few more beds made and plant some more seeds. I have some melon seeds – I just have to figure out where I am going to put them.

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1 Comment

  1. Linda

    Are there really Kung Pao peppers? I like trying the unusual plants – like my plabano plant I got. I want to get more pepper plants.

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