Pre-Apocalypse Planning

I really wanted to plant a garden this year because one of my favorite things in life are fresh veggies. Lovebug was on board with this idea thanks to two movies,”The Book of Eli” and “The Road”. He has watched these movies over and over again and now has informed me that we need enough food to survive in a post apocalyptic world.  My first response to him: “I can barely keep enough food in this house for a week.”

Since I’m always up for a challenge and like to think optimistic, I headed out on a mission and my first stop was Kohl’s. After finishing there, I went to Home Depot and found these trays that I absolutely love!

The tray comes with 72 pellets…which means room for 72 plants.  First, you add water to the pellets (the left side of the tray in the above picture is before the added water and the right side of the tray is after the water has been added). Once the pellet is filled with water it expands and all you do next is plant your seed.

And after about a week…

And after about 2 weeks…

And after about 3 weeks…

Once my plants got big enough, we decided it was time to plant them.  First step: take pictures of Evan and the tractor.

This is where I should back up and tell you that there is a total of 10 acres available for farming on Lovebug’s family farm. So with this being said, we decided to use it all since we are planning to eat after the Apocalypse.

Here’s the breakdown:

We planted 8 acres of deer corn (actually, this is the guys doing and has nothing to do with my food supply. But if you do need some corn come deer season, I can point you in the right direction).

1 acre of Silver Queen Corn

1 acre of veggies to include the following: squash, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, butter beans, lima beans, okra, peas, green peanuts and red spanish peanuts.

The corn and the peanuts we planted with the tractor and all the other veggies we planted by hand.

Lovebug inspecting his rows.

And after about 2 weeks, voila!

The above picture is primarily the deer corn and Silver Queen corn. My veggies are still hanging in there. Once we planted them in the ground, they started looking a little wimpy. I’m not sure if they are still trying to acclimate to the soil or if they miss my undivided love and nurture they constantly got while in the trays.

After the completion of planting the garden, we decided something was still missing.

So the men began there deep thought process.

And countless hours of staring at the ground passed by.

Finally a decision was made! The big decision included 2 pear trees (Bartlett), 1 apple tree (Golden Delicious), 1 peach tree, 4 blueberry bushes and some strawberry plants. It was a windy day when I took the picture.

Please dont laugh at our blueberry bushes. Well, actually they are really like blueberry twigs. I’m pretty sure we bought ours too soon considering the fact my neighbor just bought hers and they are huge with blueberries already growing on them. They were so little we had to place these trellis around them so Papa wouldn’t run over them with the lawn mower.

Veggies are starting to grow so stay tuned. Next step: learn how to can!

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