I've done a lot of things differently this year than in the past, only because of Ed Smith's book "The Vegetable Gardener's Bible." I've had the book for a couple of years and this year I sat down and did more than just leaf through it. What a surprise! He really is a down to earth guy who knows what he's doing. I wish I would have looked at the book better last year. I think the biggest thing to having a nice garden is to organize before you even start planting. This year I put in all my beds, rows, and fences and then planted. I finally realized that you don't have to have one kind of vegetable all together. This year I have carrots in two different spots, onions the same, tomatoes running down three fences as well as cherry tomatoes in a completely different area. I know, I know, it doesn't sound very organized but believe me it's way better than I've ever had it. I still have more tomatoes to plant and I have yet to get my peppers in but I'm waiting until I know the weather will be a bit warmer than what's predicted for the weekend. There's only one thing I wish I could have done differently; I didn't leave enough space at the top of the garden (gasp) and had to plant my watermelon and cantaloupe way too close, so we may end up with "waterlope" or "cantamelon" oh well I hope it tastes good :) At least by blogging about it I hope to remember that glitch next year.
This year I treated myself to a large rototiller as well as a fence sprinkler. The sprinkler should be here any day now (fingers crossed). What's a "fence sprinkler," you ask? Yah I asked the same thing when I heard about it. Take a quick peek over at Lee Valley and you can see it here. Okay I live in the "sticks" so things like this excite me. It sprays up to 11 feet across and that's about 1/2 the width of my garden. I'm hoping to have it all the way down one side or face each other at one end...either way I don't want to haul hoses and sprinklers for the whole garden this year. And if it works... well I just may buy two more sets and I can toss most of the hoses & sprinklers I have! There is nothing worse than dragging around a muddy, wet, hose or dodging a twirling sprinkler in your slippers and jammies first thing in the morning.
Have a great long weekend, and if you phone and I don't answer... I'm in the garden, probably howling at the weeds :)
Here's a photo I took a few days ago... I still have more hay to add and stuff to plant but I'm gettin' there :)