My friends, Dara, her daughter-in-law, Grace, and Heather came over yesterday morning and by mid-afternoon, we had not only planted all of the tomato varieties we’ll be growing this year but also got four and a half rows on Navajo Robin’s Egg corn seedlings transplanted. Dara had grown all of them in deep 6 packs and the corn was about three inches tall with roots like giants. This morning the corn looked like it had been growing in the garden for weeks. There was absolutely no set-back. I’ve transplanted corn in my garden rows to fill in where ground squirrels ate some of the seed and found that, indeed, corn doesn’t mind transplanting at all.
Grace is from the Philippines and is a new gardener and so anxious to learn. She wanted to come back today, so I drove over and picked her up this morning; she only lives 15 minutes away. We started in by planting Hopi Pale Grey squash, Howden pumpkins, and Kentucky Field Pumpkins (all three are different species) in the Sand garden. Then we replaced some tomato plants that had broken off due to today’s strong winds. We also talked garden, seeds, and recipes while we worked. It was a fun morning!
Will got our retrofit John Deere corn planter hooked up and I supplied him with three varieties of corn we’re going to plant in the North garden. It’s tricky as corn is wind pollinated so we must be careful to plant longer season corn up wind from the earlier corn and allow a very wide space between sides of the North garden to help prevent crossing. This afternoon I’ll be going out and planting our Bear Island Chippewa corn with the push-type Earthway planter as we don’t have much seed corn left; it’s been very popular this year! So, we’re not only planting it in the Berry patch garden but also some in the North garden to hopefully be able to save more seed this fall. Will’s also been working faithfully on the Wolf garden clearing and hopes to rake the debris off soon so we can give the new garden an initial tilling before spreading manure on it. This all needs to happen soon as we’re going to plant Yukon Supreme sweet corn and Theron’s Winter squash out there, in isolation. And it needs to be fenced as well. Whew! Time for a nap. (Just kidding…) — Jackie