Luckily we got the following seeds planted before the rainy weekend:
Detroit Dark Red – red beets
Bloomsdale – spinach
Green Ice – lettuce
Danvers 126 – carrots
Hollow Crown – parsnips
Basic “onion sets” (around 250 bulbs)
Each row in our garden is approximately 150 feet (about 45 m) long, the above seeds covered two rows, with the onion sets and carrots covering the most, then red beets and parsnips. We planted only 1/4 row of lettuce and spinach.
We rented a plastic mulch layer attachment this morning and bought a roll of plastic mulch. In less than 2 hours, Jeff had 10 rows made…and this was the first time we ever used an attachment like this. We still had drip irrigation line left from last year and this attachment made raised bed, laid down the irrigation line, covered everything with plastic mulch and scooped up some dirt around the edges to make sure the plastic cover is secure. We also bought a tool to make holes in the plastic to drop seeds – thinking of squash, pumpkins and cucumbers. Mostly though we are planning to use these mulched beds for plants: tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, onions and melons. It should hold back a lot of weeds and reduce water usage from the irrigation.
Jeff’s family from Bedford visited on Saturday and together we harvested, husked, blanched and froze another 70+ quarts of corn for them to take back. This was our late corn – the “Incredible” variety – and it was rather good. Although late corn always has more worms (we don’t spray any insecticides) than earlier corn. We still have some left on the stalks, and although we have been eating fresh corn every day – I still never get tired of fresh corn! We also picked and stored more potatoes (in a friend’s cooler) and have been harvesting some more green beans, carrots and parsnips.
It took all of us a long weekend, and a few evenings during the week- to put away another 140 quarts of frozen corn. Zach, Rachel and Toben came to help, as did Jens and Grace – and one day even our relatives from Germany (Jan and Elly) were helping out! Plus we gave another 100 dozen ears away. This batch of corn was Silver King, a rather sweet, white corn.