Yesterday Vince and I had to move all the grow bags from the spot where the greenhouse will go so the guy can get the foundation leveled and gravel added today.
You can see where the bags were sitting. The plants that are left there – bay leaves, rosemary and sweet potatoes on the cart . . they all went back in for the night. Too cold for them to stay out. All the small bags were stuck in between the raised beds so they won’t be in the way of the skid steer. He’s going to fill in some other low spots in the back yard and make a flower bed in the corner.
After the potato bug fiasco last year, I moved the potatoes about as far away from everything else as I could. These bags will tear if we tried to move them full of dirt so I took about half the dirt out of each bag and filled some smaller bags. In one of the potato bags, I found a potato left from last year.
It was actually a pretty big potato. I pulled all the potatoes I could find in probably July or August so it probably kept growing. Surely I didn’t miss a potato that big! I’m saving it and I’ll plant it and see what happens. It would probably have been happier if I left it where it was but I pulled it up with the shovel so I took it out.
Playing in the dirt has me wanting to start planting but I know it’s way too early. I will start some of the seeds this week. I’ll plan on getting the seeds to the point of planting outside without the use of the greenhouse. If it’s ready to use before time to plant, I’ll be happy but that’s something I can’t rush.
Kathleen -Robin says
0h my I do enjoy seeing all that the two of you accomplish. It is just amazing. You two are an inspiration to all of us to get up and get things done. Right now I am dealing with a mice problem. I thought we had just one. Well no so far have eliminated 12 of the little beasts. GRRRR.
We had one or, should I say we’ve caught one. I saw him in the basement garage so we put out about a dozen traps. Caught one, have refreshed the traps several times because Vince is sure they prefer fresh peanut butter to peanut butter that’s been sitting out for a few days. So far, we’ve only caught the one but I’m a firm believer that there’s never just one. Our neighbors caught one in their garage about the same time we did so they’re definitely in the neighborhood.
Try using a dab of glue on a cube of cheese – the mice I had in my house were smart enough to get the cheese without getting caught. But once it was secured to the trap, they were caught. But, the little guy almost made it back to his entry point. I heard the trap being moved around before I saw the mouse/trap.
They aren’t getting away with the bait, they just aren’t coming back. Vince had the downstairs garage open one evening and it was open well after dark and he thinks that’s when they came in but I know they can come through openings we don’t even see.
I’m glad I don’t have to catch any mice. Rabbits or raccoons or opossums maybe, but not mice. LOL Your garden area will be awesome. I wondered how you were going to get by without gardening. Are you going to put in jujube trees? =)
I doubt it. We only have an acre and with the house, the shop, the solar panels and now the greenhouse, we truly are out of room. Our challenge seems to be getting sassafras and chinquapin to grow. We joined the Ozark Chinquapin Foundation so we could get little sprouted seeds and they’re in the fridge. We can plant them after the danger of frost is over. We had to order some kind of pipe to put over them to keep critters from eating them. The crazy things we do!! 🙂
I just got seeds started this weekend since I’m in zone 8. Just tomatoes and peppers for now, I’ll be planting some spring seeds in the raised bed soon though! I still have some baby lettuce, a couple of carrots, a single tiny onion, one mustard green, one spinach, and two brussels sprout plants left from the fall garden and 20+ garlic plants that got a late start after I found them sprouted in my fridge two weeks ago. We’ll see how they do, they’ve been growing at least!