Thursday, April 10, 2008

10,000 Onions

Today we planted onions. And leeks. A lot of them.

We got the starter plants (sets) pre-grown for us, so all we had to do was stick them in the ground. We'd lay out rows of them (Dave marked the beds again, 3 rows, 1' markings) every 4" and then come along on our knees & push them into the soil an inch or two. This is back-breaking work, but we tried to stretch often.

I personally put in probably 5,000 plants, given that Dave was rototilling & marking beds, & Nick was watering the greenhouse for part of the day. Dave also planted some carrots, beets, greens, radishes, & spinach, with the push-seeder. We have extra leeks left over, but I don't want to even think about them.

The new tractor got some use out in the field, and boy, can that thing rototill! It made a nice, soft soil for us to kneel into. Except there were still rocks to pick out along the way. Oh, rocks.

All in all, a really productive day. We're expecting rain tomorrow, which is why we pushed hard to get it all in beforehand. Bring on the raindrops!

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