New Garden Rows

The Barreto Rear Tine Rototiller is the only machine for the job.

The Barreto Rear Tine Rototiller is the only machine for the job.

Six months ago I envisioned an expanded garden so I marked out eight 25-foot garden rows, covered them in horse manure, and then placed plastic tarps over the top of each. This killed most the grass, but it also warmed the soil. I recently added more chicken droppings, more compost, and then a bunch of fish fertilizer/compost. Then I rented a rototiller and after eight hours of continuous tilling a respectable garden emerged. After that I rototilled along a fence to plant sunflowers, and then another spot for more flowers, and then I redid half the berry garden. If you rent it for a full day you have to use it for the whole day. Anything less and you're getting ripped off. 



The addition of the eight garden rows creates an additional 800-square-feet of garden, which means we have to fill it with something. Six weeks ago I turned a section of our kitchen into a potting shed and filled it with seed trays, and then over the past month we've slowly started planting them in garden. So far we've planted... arugula, basil, dill, chives, sage, cilantro, oregano, parsley, spinach, peas, sugar pumpkins, carving pumpkins, acorn squash, butternut squash, strawberries, alpine strawberries, zucchini, squash, fava beans, potatoes, green beans, Chinese long beans, cucumbers, turnips, parsnips, radishes, carrots, Swiss chard, collards, kale, corn, beans, peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, ground cherries, okra, watermelon, cantaloupe, sunflowers, artichokes, a variety of lettuce greens, and more. 

If those all goes according to plan we should have some extra edibles to share with our friends and family.