Welcome to the Acorn Garden at Water Oaks Farm. Okay – admittedly, it is not much to look at. It has heavy clay soils. No organic matter. Weeds galore and little in the way of direct sunlight, but I have some big plans in store for that little plot of land. About two weeks ago my blueberry plants came in and they are currently getting established. I had to use quite a lot of soil amendments but I think that they are going to be happy in no time at all. I used Bill Cline’s recommendations on varieties for our area and settled on:
-Tif Blue – Climax – PowderBlue & a Southern Highbush of their choosing
I am planning on planting apple trees but I think that we will wait until the fall to put them in so they can get a good start. Planning on Horse, Buckingham, Aunt Rachel, Pink Lady and Arkansas Black. I am waiting to see recommendations from Lee Calhoun on the varieties that do well in our area, too. Better to use someone’s recommendations than invest hundreds of dollars only to pull out dead twigs in a year.
Back on Feb. 27, we had an exceptionally (and uncharacteristically) warm Sunday so I went and dug out my seeds and potting soil and got-a-plantin. Happy to report that everything is coming along well, considering that the greenhouse is off grid and not heated at all and it is still mid-March. Almost all of my tomatoes are up:
– Green Grapes – Black Cherries – Sungold – Gajo de Melon – Yellow Pears – Reistomate –
In addition to the tomatoes, I have lots of peppers (not quite warm enough for them to pop their little heads up yet), summer squash (yellow straight-necked and black beauty zucchini), turnips, mustard, lettuce mix, Neon Lights Swiss Chard, Siberian Kale and lots more!
A couple of weeks we went up to a great little feed store in Bahama, NC and he had absolutely BEAUTIFUL organic herbs so I stocked up! I got several of each:
– Spearmint – Orange Mint – Italian Flat-Leaved Parsley – Curley Parsley – Rosemary – Oregano – English Thyme –
Well… that is all for this installment of “In the Acorn Garden” with lisa. Stay tuned!