Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Final Garden Order List and Schedule

Here's our final garden/yard order list for the year. So far we're at $290 plus some shipping in plants and seeds alone. $133 of that are one time costs -- plants that should keep growing year after year (the blueberries, strawberries, grapes, lingonberries and rhubarb).

This list has the actual catalog numbers of where we bought stuff, the recommended planting dates (if given) and days to maturity for the specific seeds we bought. I'm keeping track so that at the end of the summer we can decide what we liked and didn't like. Usually we lose the little seed envelopes and then we're like "um, it's some kind of tomato, and it tastes good". Not this year!

Before the garden is set up, we're going to have a few other garden setup costs to take care of too. We need to get materials for a rabbit proof fence, rent a tiller, get and apply fertilizer, get some seed starter trays and get at least two more 4 foot fluorescent lights.

We're going to start the seeds in our basement under the fluorescents. I have two 4 foot lights in the garage which aren't being used and I think four of them will give me enough coverage.

For fertilizer, I am e-mailing some local alpaca farms to see if I can get some alpaca manure. Apparently horse, cow, chicken and pig manure have too high of concentrations of nitrogen to be applied directly to a garden. You have to compost those types, or apply in the fall so they can break down over the winter. Alpaca manure is supposed to be gentle enough to mix right in, is supposed to stink a lot less, and is supposed to have fewer weed seeds in it than horse or cow manure. Anyways, hopefully I can find some free alpaca manure somewhere close by.

For the rabbit proof fence, we're going to get 3 foot tall chicken wire, bend an bury the bottom 10-12 inches of it, and hope for the best. We have tons of squirrels in our yard too, but I'm hoping they'll be more merciful to us than the rabbits. I'm not sure what we're going to do for the strawberry plants yet. They're going to be in the front yard where chicken wire fencing would be undesirable. If anyone has a good idea for that, let me know.

1 comment:

AnnaMarie Ferrell said...

You may not borrow our car to transport the alpaca manure.