Spring Garden

Purple Coneflower
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Today was a beautiful spring-like day. The wind was very strong though and empty  pots kept getting blown around as seedlings were being potted up. The hoop house isn’t up yet so there was no choice except to keep chasing the pots across the yard. But the job was completed!

Rutgers tomatoes, French marigolds, Lemon Queen sunflowers, Mammoth Dill, and Rosemary all received fresh soil and a bigger pot to grow stronger roots in. Summer squash and cucumber were seeded in peat pots too. It won’t be long before things are all grown up and ready for the garden! All the planting beds are eagerly awaiting their new guests.

Six 3’x50′ planting beds are double dug and ready for plants. Originally the plan was to have 15 beds dug by now but it’s really back-breaking work! Marking the beds, digging out roots and rocks, hauling in top soil and wood ash by the wheel barrow full, digging one trench at a time, dumping in dried leaves and composted cow manure (not to mention collecting the leaves and manure and turning the piles), shaping the beds, adding organic amendments, turning the amendments into the soil, mulching. WHEW! And around here it’s all done with a shovel, a pick, and a garden fork on a slope! We’re just grateful to have the six done. The seventh should be finished tomorrow. Yay!  

So far, in the garden the transplanted carrots are doing just fine and putting on new leaf growth, turnips are up, beets are just starting to come up, sugar snap peas are about 2″ tall, and onions are 4″-6″ tall. The potatoes will still be awhile yet but I’m sure they’re just fine all snug in their well composted bed. The seventh bed will be planted with the sunflowers and marigolds then broadcast with Purple Coneflower seeds; this will be the BEE garden. 

Tomorrow is forecast for rain. It’s absolutely impossible to work in the field while its soggy. The clay soil gets too heavy, builds up on the bottom of shoes, and becomes very slippery. Hopefully the 7th bed can be completed before the rain sets in. The tiny beet and turnip seedling will need a small amount of mulch pulled back up over them to keep the pelting rain from breaking them. A little more soil needs to be added to the end of one bed so that rain water won’t puddle up. There’s a ton of charred trees, limbs, and vines that need to be piled up for burning. Agh! I’m going to bed.

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