Plant plots or die!

This year, I swear, I'll get all the space I have access to planted. Every year I reclaim a couple more plots from the weeds that rule them, but every year I have to reconcile myself to the fact that I can't tackle them all. Well, no more. It may take until August, and the plants I put in the ground may never produce, but by God, those plots are going to get prepped and planted.

With this goal driving me, I've been putting in four to eight hours a day in the garden(s), desperately trying to make up for an incredibly wet, cold spring, my inability to do anything significant last fall (shoulder injury), and standard issue procrastination and neglect. To my horror, it's now July 4th, and I'm still planting and, even worse, preparing to plant.

Just about everything that needs to be directly seeded is in the ground and growing. But my tomatoes and squash are still waiting for a home, and if they don't get one soon, I'll be in trouble.

The plan (ha, ha!) has been to get four new plots under production this spring: one next door, two across the alley, and the fourth along the alley outside yet another neighbor's property. (Yes, I am now encroaching on THREE neighbors' land.) Fortunately, a couple of these plots have been at least partially cleared of weeds in past years.

I'll try to report of what I tackle(d) in each case, and how it's going (or went).

10 Responses to Plant plots or die!

  1. Good luck!
    It may be a lot of work, but the rewards are many!!

  2. It sounds like you’ve been working hard with all of that gardening! With the cold, wet spring, our garden struggled for months, so I think you’re probably better off. Things are just starting to really grow for us now that the weather is hot. Take lots of photos to share-I’d like to see what you’re growing!

  3. August is not that far off. Not very helpful, I know.

  4. Thanks for the encouraging words, Sue. I'm sure I'll be glad I did it—if I'm not dead! I took a look at your site, and I must say, yours is a much neater garden than mine. You put me to shame!
    Yours too, huh Judy? I forget where you're based (and your site is refusing to load, so I can't check) but it's been nuts here in Montana.
    Thanks for reminding me, Sally. I think. But always good to hear from you!
    Yes, Esther. I figure I'll get back in shape or die trying.
    –Kate

  5. Great…! You hard work will give you the rewards. Make sure you use good soil which will help your plants to grow in a healthy way. All the best wishes for you gardening.

  6. On a bright note, I’m trying a heirloom corn, short corn if you will, called “Strawberry”. I’m hoping that the lack of growing days matches its character well. It’s a popcorn varietal, and yes, it’s tasty,albeit tiny and rosy, with salt!

  7. Wish you all the best! The hard work will sure pay off and you’ll be proud of yourself!

  8. Haha looks like your going to be pretty busy the next month or so. Well you have a plan in the works so that makes things a lot easier. Whats the summer temperature like in your area?

  9. Thanks, Jean.
    Heavens, feedstoregirl, corn in Montana? Do let me know what you get.
    Now that it's almost done, I'm ready to agree with you, Karina.
    Laugh all you want, Dwgaraln. Summer temps can be in the 80s and 90s by day (real sweating temps) but drop to 50s at night. You?
    –Kate

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