He did it and also rototilled the growbox garden in the field as a bonus gift! I was so pleased.
Since gardening before Memorial Day in our neck of the woods is a little iffy, I went to Longacres' gardening center and purchased some metal rods to use as hoops and some agricultural cloth to go over the hoops to protect the garden in case of frost while we were gone. I didn't worry too much since the seeds would not really be damaged by any frost, I thought.
So, on 3 May (the morning of the day we were leaving) I worked like a madman or woman as the case may be, and planted sugar snap peas, wax beans, black-seeded Simpson lettuce, romaine lettuce, radishes, spinach, and dill. Inside I planted cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, beets, and bell peppers in peat moss disks that I had re-hydrated and placed the pan on top of the freezer in the pantry.
Recently I had been reading Square Foot Gardening by ________________ and decided to give this a try. (I chose to take that book with me on vacation as reading matter of choice in hopes I would finish it and find out more good things to do to the garden as the summer went on....)
In the first picture you can see the grid I marked out in the garden. I did not actually use a ruler, but made approximately 3 by 12 one-foot squares to plant. You can see I was doing this very early in the morning, before the sun came around the east side of the house.
|"Square Foot" grid for planting.|
|Seed markers made of skewers and paper with the named seeds covered by Scotch tape to keep out the rain.|