Archive for June 19th, 2009

Five Day Summary

June 19th, 2009 No comments
Start of 16 hour trip

Start of 16 hour journey

June 19th

17 days after planting

The final two species – bell peppers and celery – appeared overnight 14th-15th so all had started to germinate by the time we left for Seattle.

Date Lo Hi Notes
06/15 49 mid-70’s In car to Seattle.
06/16 57 73
06/17 60 70
06/18 60 74 .04″ rain.
06/19 56 67 .13″ rain.

During their sixteen hours in the car the seedlings were covered with a blanket except for an opening at the front for air circulation. Many became distinctly angled toward the light source but recovered after a day or two. The only casualty of the journey seems to have been a single bean with a snapped stem.

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Seattle Soil

June 19th, 2009 No comments

We tested near two corners of the lawn, an irregular half of which is to become the new veggie plot.

The N center of the garden is the NE corner of the lawn and is the sunniest. It was originally the lowest point so it has the most fill dirt.

The SW corner is the shadiest. The lawn there is mostly moss. It was originally the highest point so there may not be much topsoil over the subsoil.

Location Area pH N P K Elements Fertilizer Amendments
N center 350 sq ft (veggies) 6.7/good 0/depleted 1/deficient 5/surplus 32.5oz N plus 20.1oz P 7.5lbs 16-16-16 and 3 lbs 26-3-4. Rototilled into veggie patch but only scattered onto lawn. 6 cu ft compost rototilled in with the fertilizer, then 6 cu ft compost raked in.
SW corner 350 sq ft (lawn) 6.5/good 0/depleted 3/sufficient 5/surplus none

The 700 sq ft to be fertilized includes both the new veggie patch and the remaining portion of the lawn. Each is about 350 sq ft. For simplicity we applied the same fertilizers throughout despite the differing phosphorus levels. We applied fertilizers containing unneeded potassium because they were much less expensive than fertilizers without potassium.

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