March 10, 2012

WELCOME to my 2012 gardening blog.  Last years blog was a lot of fun for me to make and share with, well whoever read it, so I’m doing it again.

Last years Blog
ArkansasFarmerette 2011::  http://arkansasfarmerette.wordpress.com

 I’ve already paid a visit to the local Farmers Co-op and bought my Pontiac seed potatoes, onions (red(purple) and Walla Walla yellow), Sparkler White Tip radish seeds, blue lake bush green bean seeds and Clemson Spineless Okra seeds.

 The weather here in AR gave us a mild winter with only one snow day.  Right now we’re going from 30’s or 40’s at night to 60’s to 70’s during the day.  There was a light frost yesterday morning.  It is hard to know when the last frost is so you can do you main planting; since our weather is so odd.  ‘Course they say, if you don’t like the weather here just wait a day and it will change.

 Three days ago my Dad cut up the seed potatoes and laid them on newspaper to dry.  For those of you who don’t know how to cut them; the purpose is to cut the potato into chunks where each chunk has an eye. SEE PICTURE BELOW.  The eye is where the plant and roots come from.  You can cut up to 6 eyes from a potato, depending on the size.  I bought a 4 1/2 lb. bag of potatoes and my father cut out close to 80 chunks.  My Dad tells me that his father planted the potatoes eye down in the ground and my Mom’s mother planted them eye up.  I just drop them in the 3” deep hole, cover with dirt and press with my foot.

 Today was/is a good day for planting root crops.  I planted 72 potato plants, 134 total of both onion varieties and a 5 ft. row of radishes.  Rain tonight is in the forecast, so they will all get a good soaking.  It is too early to plant the green beans and okra.  I will not put them in the ground till late April or May.

Be sure and check out the 2012 Planting Guide



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