Thursday, March 06, 2008

Handy Dandy Garden Tool

I planted 2 of my garden beds last weekend. I did a bit of reading to see how far to space the plants. We use the wide row method which means cabbage plants can be placed 10 inches a part. This was painfully close to me so I asked my husband if it was REALLY right. Michael quickly agreed with the book and explained all the reasons why this was a good way to plant.

My husband knows me well and asked me if I wanted him to make me a stick to mark 10 inches and one to mark 12 inches for the broccoli plants. I wanted to be polite and so I smiled and said sure. (In my head I am thinking who REALLY cares if each plant is precisely 10 inches a part. However this is the man that plants his lettuce in alphabetical order so I am sure that preciseness is important to him)! He came back with the following...

Michael cut 2 pieces of PVC pipe one 10 inches and one 12 inches. This was the greatest help in planting. My rows were straighter which made putting the drip tape down much easier. The plants were spaced appropriately, and I realized that I could get a lot of plants in our bed. I got 120 cabbage plants in one bed to be PRECISE. The other great thing was that I also used the PVC pipe to dig the hole for me instead of grabbing a spoon to dig. It also made it easier for my children to help me plant because they knew the exact location of the next hole. It was the only "tool" that I used all day and it did a fantastic job. Best of was FREE!!!!

grace and peace,



Mountain Mama said...

Way to go, Hubby! Way to go Julie for staying with your husbands "suggestions".


Painted Hand Farm said...

OMG! I thought my husband was the only one who planted in alphabetical order and had to have everything evenly spaced. His gardening drives me nuts! Everything has to be 'perfect'. Me? Toss the seeds to the wind & dig in the weeds to find the goods. When the weeds get too high, turn the goats loose on them.

VoiceInTheWilderness said...

I just have to ask... what do you do with 120 heads of cabbage? Does your family eat it plain?

TnFullQuiver said...

Voice in the wilderness,
I have NO clue what we are going to do with 120 heads of cabbage. the last time I started cabbage from seeds, they didn't do very well. this time I wanted to make sure we had enough. As you can tell, they did much better. I plan to give a lot of it away. I may try my hand at making saurkraut. I also will freeze some for frying and soup later on. That is the best I can come up with for now!
grace and peace,