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Spring Planting

So if you can’t tell from my lack of posting, things have been very busy around here!  By profession I’m an accountant and bookkeeper.  I don’t do taxes but I have to prepare all my clients books for there tax accountants.  So this time of year is always busy.  Add to that a ton of stuff to do around the yard and garden and I’ve been pretty swamped!!!  Here’s a quick look at what has been going on around Stoney Acres the past few weeks.

Planting

– Onions – We were able to get a break between storms this last Saturday and we planted our onion starts.  We grow a storage onion call Copra.  Copra are a not a sweet onion, they have a good strong flavor that we love for cooking.  The other bonus to these onions is they can store up to 10 months under the right conditions.  We are still eating onions from the crop we harvested last August!

– Beets – We are not really big beet eaters.  We like them pickled so we are going to give them a try again this year and pickle them.  The variety we planted is an open pollinated seed called early wonder.

-Turnips – We grow just a few turnips.  The kids don’t really like them so I only planted a small row.  It will be just enough to get us all a taste.  I hope to make some converts so that I can plant some more in the fall.

-Radish – Most of the family only likes radishes if they are mixed in a salad.  Me and one of the little Stoney’s love to eat them whole and raw!  We planted two different varieties Easter Egg and Champion, both are open pollinated.

-Shelling Peas – We planted Little Marvel which are an heirloom variety that we have planted for years.  These are a shelling pea that produce a big crop and freeze well.

-Edible Pod Peas – We also planted Oregon Giant which is an edible pod pea that we have grown for 3 years now.  This one is also an open pollinated seed.

-Early Potatoes – We always plant a cold frame full of potatoes for early eating.  I plan on a post to talk more about this later in the week so we will leave the details for later.

 

You will notice that most everything I plant is open pollinated.  To be honest it wasn’t always planned that way but it seems to have worked out.  I hope to let a little of each of these plantings go to seed this year and I will try to save the seeds for next years crop.

 

Tree Trimming

One day when I was wandering the yard I decided to count up the trees.  We have a total of 25 deciduous trees in the yard which means we have a lot of trimming to do each spring (and a lot of raking in the fall).  This year is particularly bad because last year I never really got around to it.  I’m about ¾ of the way done.

Rose Trimming

The winter of 2010/2011 was really tough on our roses.  We lost a couple of plants completely and the rest were really set back hard.  We have spent the last two years trying to get them back in shape.  It looks like they may recover this year; at least I seem to have the “wild” parts of the bush back under control.

Compost 

I kind of forgot about the compost bin all winter.  I moved it to a different part of the yard and I guess it was out of sight and out of mind.  I took a close look at it over the weekend and it really hasn’t made much progress over the winter.  So I turned it and watered it.  I will have to pay a lot closer attention to it over the next few weeks and see if I can get it to heat up and start decomposing again.

There’s still a lot to do over the next few weeks in preparation for the warm season crops but I’m pretty happy with our progress so far.  Not long now and we will be swimming in

4 Comments

  1. Liz April 11, 2012 5:30 pm Reply

    I’ve grown Early Wonder beetroot before – they usually do well for me and taste good.

    http://www.suburbantomato.com

  2. kitsapFG April 13, 2012 6:48 am Reply

    Lots to do in the spring and with your profession you must be burning the candle at both ends. I am a CFO and the rush of audits and other deadlines in the spring makes everything over busy.

    Like you, we are doing some general yard tidy up as well as the usual planting up of the garden. I have rhodies to plant to replace the mega trees we took out earlier this spring. I need to rework the front landscape plantings too as they are looking very abandoned lately.

    http://www.modernvictorygarden.com/apps/blog

  3. Jody April 13, 2012 8:50 am Reply

    I bet this is a crazy time of year for you! It sounds like your peak season at work and home. I look forward to reading your post about potatoes. Maybe it’s too unsightly, but have you considered removing the tarp from your compost bin for the benefit of the rain?

    http://springgardenacre.blogspot.com/

    • Rick April 13, 2012 9:37 am Reply

      Jody,
      We are so hot around here and have so little rain that I keep the tarp on to keep moisture in. I have to “water” my compost pile once a week or so in the summer just to keep it moist. From June to October we get almost zero rain.

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