It’s time to prepare the vegetable gardens
The seedlings have been started and now its time to prepare the garden areas and plant the cold-hearty plants. We have two vegetable gardens; the kitchen garden and the house garden.
The kitchen garden
The kitchen garden, some people refer to it as a potager garden, is a small area relatively close to the house. In our case it is a 15’x40′ plot between our driveway and barn.
This garden is all about convenience. It contains the types of produce that we need for a typical meal;
- cherry tomatoes
- kitchen herbs
- and more
It is so nice to be able to have fresh produce so close and at the ready.
The stand is designed to slip together with interlocking joints. This makes the stand very easy to assemble and disassemble. It also stores very easily because the pieces can be laid on top of each other and stored under a bed, in a closet or barn; just about anywhere.
This simple stand takes the place of the homemade green house we had in Vermont. It also reminds us of another item on our to-do list.
The spring items are already are already planted and they are coming along nicely. The garlic looks a bit sporadic and sparse. It was originally planted in nice, neat rows last fall; however, free-range chickens have a way of digging where they are not welcome.
Using draft horses to prepare the house garden
The house garden is larger and is located in the back of the yard, about 500′ from the house. This area is approximately 30’x150′. Most of the produce from this garden will be preserved for the coming year.
This garden is about production. It will contain:
- sweet corn
- pickling cucumbers
- green beans
- and more
We used the horses to plow, disc, and harrow the garden.