Today I finally planted the last pound of potatoes. That makes four pounds of potatoes I planted this year! These last ones were called Rose Finn Fingerlings. I had been waiting until we had a good heavy rain so I could start digging out my next bed without too much trouble. The way I have been making the beds at the Coe Farm is to cut the sod out in squares and I have transplanted all of the sod to the front yard to help fill in some bald spots in the lawn along Coe Dr. Much of the grass lived and with the recent rains and mowing it looks fairly decent. We had some good soaking rain on Friday and the earth was soft enough for me to start digging out the third bed without too much strain and this is where I planted about 20 fingerling potatoes.
I also planted
1) Oriental Green Arugula from Morgan County Seeds – planted two rows toward the back of the second bed.
2) Pole beans I bought at Lowes – I planted about 8-10 seeds against the fence at the back of the second bed. I have four of the same type of beans sprouted in the first bed. I plan to put horizontal strings across the fence for the bean vines to climb up.
3) Clemson Spineless Okra – from Morgan County Seeds – Iplanted 10 seeds next to a bunch of volunteer Jersualem Artichokes with the hopes that these two types of tall plants will live happily next to each other.
Here is a photo I took today of the three raised beds. The newest one (bed three) is the nearest one. You can see the shadows from the trees behind me shading bed three. I am planning to cut these trees down this week. The second photo is from the east and you can see the trees I plan to kill in that photo. They are a clump of maples that must have grown from a stump 5 or 10 years ago. They are also too close to the fence and will start to hurt the fence if they get too much larger.