I want to get this Garden Project underway now, so the ground is as ready as can be for spring planting. I realize I am not going to get everything done in one go, so I’m going to concentrate on getting one area ready, and then move onto another one. I can get some seed planted for the spring, and then work on getting another area ready for an autumn harvest.
Crop rotation is important of course, but I won’t need to concern myself with that for the first year.
I have a fork and spade, and a roller, and I shall need a sieve and a rake.
Soon I shall look at exactly what I am going to plan on planting. When I had an allotment in years past, I tended to concentrate on growing either crops that were consistently expensive to buy locally, such as asparagus; crops that were generally readily unavailable such as celeriac and different varieties of common crops, such as tomatoes, potatoes, and squashes.
Commercial growers these days usually grow for yield, whereas growing yourself means you can grow for flavor, and you can pick stuff at the optimum time for that, and of course, it’s fresher than even it is at the farmers market.
I’m certainly looking forward to what I can achieve during the 2011 growing season.
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We went out for a drive yesterday. That’s gotten to be a rarer occasion with the current level of gas prices, but it is nice to get out, check out a few places, take a few photographs, and well… just get out of the house for a while every so often.
We were heading in the Moncks Corner direction to meet up with a group of folks that were having a reunion, but the dates got screwed up, so that didn’t happen.
Anyway, we ended up in Pineville. Why? It’s where the car took us. You know, point the thing and see where you end up!
Pineville was a thriving village of around 100 buildings or so until the Union troops set fire to most of it in 1865. After that much of the land was turned over to growing crops, and there’s not a lot left. We did get a picture of the original chapel though, and also the Day Dawn Baptist church which struck me as a rather fine imposing building.