Tenting garden boxes, Taking tomatoes camping, and adding a new hanging herb wall

Hey hey! It was a crazy Pacific NW weather weekend here. Saturday was partly-sunny, but too wet still for doing the peach tree fungicide treatment (maybe it will be dryer Sunday…yeah right πŸ™‚ ). So, we went onto task 2 which was getting the greenhouse plastic over the garden boxes to begin the warming of the soil and dropping the cover-crop to the ground so it begins feeding the soil microbes as they begin waking up. Here’s a picture of the first phase of operation “warm-up-chop-n-drop”

Greenhouse plastic over garden beds to warm soil and drop cover crops into soil for hungry microbes.

Greenhouse plastic over garden beds to warm soil and drop cover crops into soil for hungry microbes.

On Saturday I also found it was time to move our first set of tomatoes from the indoor greenhouse/grow tents. The Montesino F1 grape tomatoes were 3 feet tall and toppling over, so with the warming weather I thought it would be a good time to move them outside into 3 gallon pots with tomato cages, from all the signs their over-night campout went well πŸ™‚

The first 2018 garden palooza tomato campout

The first 2018 garden palooza tomato campout

Sunday was raining most of the day, but we still got things done readying our urban homestead for the 2018 gardening season. It was still too wet for the 7-day dose of neem/compost tea on the peach trees, so I’ll try and get to this one night after work. I was able to get a new element added to the homestead though. As you might remember last winter I kicked around the idea of creating an indoor herb hanging wall in the grow tents. That didn’t work out too well due to space restrictions indoors, but bringing that same setup outdoors for Paula now makes a ton of sense. I’ve planted each of the eighteen 5″ pots with a mix of Peioni Flat Parsley and Caribe Cilantro. The reinforced frame that I built for indoors (with a slight modification to the bottom leg length) looks pretty good (and is very sturdy). I think this will give Paula a nice area where she can grab-n-go some herbs on her way inside from the backyard (mr. mann just got some more happy-mrs points).

Hanging herb wall on deck

Hanging herb wall on deck

 

This weeks pictures of the urban homestead’s backyard:

Lower deck garden boxes and hanging herb wall

Lower deck garden boxes and hanging herb wall

Tented garden boxes and tomatoes camping on stone patio...smile guys!

Tented garden boxes and tomatoes camping on stone patio…smile guys!

Clover patch, happy bird bath, and perennial plants

Clover patch, happy bird bath, and perennial plants

Upper hillside of urban homestead waking up to spring weather

Upper hillside of urban homestead waking up to spring weather

 

Well everyone, it’s been another great week getting ready for spring. Be sure to checkout the latest homestead videos atΒ PnB Homesteading Youtube Channel. Hopefully we’ll have some sunny weather this week and we can all get some well deserved vitamin! Have a great week everyone!!! πŸ™‚

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