We spent a good part of our Saturday beating down weeds, like every other gardener. The beds are pretty much set, but the plots need still some weed-bustin' love on a regular basis. This year I'm doing the thing with potatoes where you add soil around the plants as they grow. I'm probably the last gardener in the US to pick up on this, but I heard it on one of Scott Terry's 'Christian Farm and Homestead Radio' shows some time back. Since potatoes grow above the seed potato you planted, adding soil above as the plant grows should make more place for new potatoes to grow and increase your yield. I'll let everyone know how it works out.
|You can see some of the soil piled up around the potatoes.|
We also made a couple of upgrades to the Layer's Club (our chicken coop). Some of the particle board was starting to show it's age when we moved the old bus shelter building and turned it into a coop. We added some plywood to reinforce the wall below the laying boxes. I suspect the next time I get my hands on a sheet of plywood we'll upgrade the back wall above the boxes too. I also added a long step to get up into the 'people' part of the coop. We did have a 2x12 wood scrap garden bench there, but it was a little wobbly and De was afraid it was going to roll out from under her. We got them both in and painted up in just a bit over an hour.
|Plywood reinforcement for an old particle board wall.|
|Wall and step in and ready for use.|
Take care all, and have a great week.