Dan's Garden: Traveling garden

Published: Jul. 19, 2019 at 5:37 PM CDT
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Our traveling garden this week is southwest of Mandan at Randy Baumgartner’s beautiful garden and I always thought you were one the most outstanding men in your field that I’ve ever known, and I know you're standing in your garden now, tell us a little overview about the season, and your garden, and what you got going on?

"One thing out here, the soil is a little different than a lot of gardens; it’s very sandy, and that’s good and bad. It dries out faster, so you have to stay on top of watering, but also watering gets into the roots better with nutrients, so it keeps for a pretty healthy garden. And as you can see, I have things more sectional; I don’t do things in rows. The reason I like to do that is that way I water just where I need to water, I dont water over the whole garden," said Baumgartner.

And you hand water?

"I hand water," said Baumgartner.

With a hose?

"With rural water it gets pretty expensive to sprinkle the whole thing and you gotta water so long to get enough on it where it’s not evaporating off," said Baumgartner.

Now it was a late start this spring, but what do you think? How are things doing?

"Well it's late because it was cool. I got things in fairly early but it just didn’t get a kick start because of the cold weather. Now things, last few days with the heat, seem to really be getting a lot of growth on top, at least like the tomatoes really jumped up, and the peas a week ago were half that size, so they're really growing. And the same with the carrots, you know, we pulled a couple of carrots out the other day. The carrots are about so long under there already," said Baumgartner.

Well that's a great start.

Maybe we can talk a little more about it next week. Can we come back and do another little talk?

"Absolutely," said Baumgartner.

Until next week, good gardening.