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March 2009

Uwharrie Farm Planting Schedule: March - Early April

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 We are in USDA Planting Zone 7  

Plant tomato, pepper, watermelon, canteloupe, cucumber, okra and pumpkin seed in 3 inch plant pots to grow your own plants for the summer garden.  Place pots in a greenhouse or under florescent lights.  Watermelon, canteloupe, cucumber, okra and pumpkin seed can be planted directly in the garden later however growing plants gives me a head start before the outdoor temperatures are warm enough.

Plant carrot, beet, and garden pea seed directly in the garden.

Plant cabbage, lettuce, onion, broccoli and strawberry (for berries next spring) plants plus shallots and potatoes in the garden.

The Home Garden, March 14

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     Rye Winter Cover Crop                        Cover Crop Tilled in                        Chandler Strawberries

     As you can see in the photos above the rye winter cover crop was tilled in to make way for potato planting which I plan to do the last week of March if the ground is dry enough and weather permits.  The Chandler Strawberry plants in the photo on the right are just about to reach a very rapid stage of growth before they produce berries. 

           I replanted the cabbage that was killed by temperatures dipping into the teens.  The lettuce under the covers is still doing fine.  I    fertilized these plants with fish liquid for nitrogen and an organic         liquid fertilizer with a 0-5-5 analysis - 0% nitrogen, 5% phosphorus, 5% potassium.

     We recently planted two new pear trees, Olympic Giant and Dripping Honey.  Also an Elizabeth blueberry bush was planted to replace one that died last year and three Triple Crown blackberry plants.  I  fertilized the pecan trees with zinc sulfate and organic nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium the last week in February.  This month iron sulfate was spread around the blueberry bushes to decrease the pH of the soil.  If you see blueberry leaves turning yellow you should suspect a soil that is not acid enough (blueberries grow best with a soil pH of 4.0 to 5.0).

379      As it has rained all day today it has been a good time to plant more
seeds .  I planted the following seeds in 3 inch pots and placed them  beside the onion plants under florescent lights to germinate.
Health Kick Tomato:  an extra large plum shaped tomato that is higher
     in the antioxidant lycopene than other tomatoes.  It is great for fresh
     eating and for making sauces.  I have also found that it doesn't crack
     as much as other tomatoes and it is very prolific.
Pasilla Bajio Pepper:  a thin-walled, slender, mildly hot pepper which turns
     from dark green to dark brown. 
Giant Aconcagua Pepper:  a very sweet large oblong pepper.  It can be eaten at the light green stage but
     is sweetest after it turns red.
Golden Marconi Pepper:  a three lobed Italian frying sweet pepper.  Matures to a beautiful golden color.
Sweet Banana Pepper:  compact prolific plants produce 5 - 6 inch peppers that are light green initially      
     then turn yellow, orange and finally red.
Aji Dulce Pepper:  this heirloom pepper is sweet and spicy.
Lemon Squash:  a heirloom squash shaped and colored like a lemon. 


Today's Food for Thought: 3-4-09

Uwharrie Mountains

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:  he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
                                                                                                                      Psalm 121: 1-3  KJV