In spite of the miserable weather this weekend, we did make some progress. Having a 14-year-old nephew willing to work in inclement weather for cheap definitely helps! As you can see, we added a second raised bed right off the patio. This is a small bed, 3 X 5, and I am planning to grow peas in it. One of the varieties of peas that I purchased, Alderman, grows quite tall, 6 – 8 feet. Luckily, I have just the thing and it is free! I have a small decorative windmill in my yard that has seen better days. I kept it, though, thinking I might find a use for it in the garden. So here it is all set up in the new bed, ready to support pea vines. BTW, the peas that I planted a few weeks ago, before the last round of snow, are still looking good and growing. Well, at least one variety is. The Oregon Giants have emerged and held up fine under the snow. The Canoes still haven’t emerged. I’m pretty impressed with the Oregon Giants so far.
Today I also planted the rhubarb that arrived from Territorial Seed yesterday. Along with the rhubarb, I received my order of seed potatoes. I bought a four-variety collection of early, mid, and late varieties. I didn’t like spending $40 on seed potatoes, so hopefully this is the only time I’ll spend that. If I can effectively store some of the potatoes over the winter as seed potatoes, I shouldn’t need to buy them again next year. After receiving the potatoes, I went over to DoubleD’s site to go over her potato planting instructions. The one thing that surprised me in the instructions was that she planted whole seed potatoes. For some reason I thought they could be cut up prior to planting.
The potatoes had me thinking about food storage again. I’ve been perusing Root Cellaring and thinking about different cold storage options. We do have a great location where we could build a partially underground root cellar. I keep hinting to Derek that I’d like to start planning this. My hints are being rebuffed and I might need to come up with some other solutions for this year, potentially leveraging part of the garage or a crawl space area off the basement. If you have any great ideas, I’d love to hear them.
Finally, we are going to look into the green energy rebates included in the stimulus bill. It would be cool if we could take a first step into solar this year, which would probably be a solar hot water heater.