While things are moving a little slower than usual this spring, Bone Collector creator Michael Waddell provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of his farm chores. One of which is to plant a vegetable garden for his wife. Here’s how he makes it a reality.
To prep his garden, Waddell first uses his tractor to rototill the plot where he plans to plant it. This season, he’ll be planting tomatoes, sweet corn, cabbage, cucumbers, peppers and okra (his wife’s a sucker for pickled okra).
After he’s tilled, Waddell then fertilizes the soil. (Although primarily used for food plots, his Bone Collector BUCK GRO soil formula works great on gardens, too.) Waddell uses a 25-gallon, four-wheeler sprayer to apply fertilizer across the top soil layer before putting his plants in the ground. He says doing so will help his veggies grow like something out of Jack and the Beanstalk. Country living is going to bring him a great harvest this season!
Once it’s time to plant, Waddell uses a string pull to guide planting in straight, uniform rows. Placing his feet on either side of the string and pushing the soil up with his boots to form a row, he then simply inserts seeds into the soil.
Waddell plants two different kinds of tomatoes, and installs planting hoops over both. (Although his dad normally puts hoops on later in the growing season, Waddell opts to do so now in the event deer pay a visit, sooner rather than later.)
Waddell decides to plants some watermelons, too. “It’ll be fun. It’ll be cool—and we can say we grew it on our land,” he says.