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Could be worse

Raindrops on window

This month has almost been one for the record books. April was the second wettest on record for this part of Minnesota. It has been raining, sometimes torrential downpours, for the whole week. We literally haven’t seen the sun in six days. My early season crops like peas, lettuce, and potatoes have not gone in the ground yet because I can’t plant until I till, and I can’t till until it dries out.

Oh well. Could be worse. At least its not snowing.

Rain turning into snow

Okay, its snowing. But it could be worse. At least it’s not accumulating.

Snow accumulating on the ground

I give up!

C’mon Spring!

Snow melting off raised beds

Garden Layout 2014

After much deliberation, consideration, and consultation, we’ve settled on the following plans for our 2014 vegetable garden. For now.

Garden layout for this year

In the big plot (25-foot E-W rows, in order from north to south):

  1. Sweet peas, 2 rows (trellised)
  2. Corn, 4 rows
  3. Tomatoes, 1 row (caged)
  4. Cucumber (caged) & Eggplant, 1 row
  5. Bush beans, 1 row
  6. Peppers (mixed), 1 row
  7. Potatoes, 2 rows
  8. Sweet potatoes, 2 rows
  9. Leeks, 1 row
  10. Onions, 2-3 rows
  11. Shallots, 1 row
  12. Garlic, 1-2 rows
  13. Beets & Turnips, 1 row
  14. Carrots, 1 row
  15. Parsnips, 1 row
  16. Squash, 1 row
  17. Pumpkin, 1 row

In raised beds (front four)

  • Tulips (Fall planted)
  • Zinnia

In raised beds (back four)

  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Green Onion (?)
  • Strawberries (2 beds)

Across from Raspberries

  • Blueberries

Back 10 (north-east area)

  • Apple orchard ~ 8-12 honeycrisp


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