Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day. We waited patiently for the sun to pop out and dry up some of the soggy ground. Once it did, we headed to the field.
There is something to be said about having a slight southerly sloping field to plant a garden in. Even though there had just been a foot of snow and lots of rain and ice, we were still able to rototill plot #3. It was necessary to go ahead and till in order to get lime added. Our soil’s pH tested to be only 5.6 and this is way too low for growing good cucurbits like squash and cucumber and such. Since this plot is where the cucurbits will be planted, the lime had to be tilled in asap in order to give it time to breakdown and get that pH up. It’s done!
The lettuce was transplanted into the garden. It was really way too soggy for planting but the lettuce was to the point of plant now and hope for the best or risk loosing it completely inside the tiny greenhouse. It had simply outgrown the tiny cell packs it was seeded into. We’ll hope for the best.
Sugar snap peas were planted, too. They went along a trellis that could be easily reached from along the edge of the soggy garden. The ground there wasn’t too saturated but still way too wet for being in. It seems the time for planting early cool season crops is slipping away, doesn’t it? It’s either do now or wait until next year. We went for now and will just hope for the best here too.
Apples, plums, and figs were given a good dose of Wood Ash Tea. The wood ash “sweetens” the soil for the fruit and helps to keep wooly aphids away. The apples trees are six years old now and have never shown any stress from aphids or any other insect for that matter, so I think the wood ash works really well. We mix one coffee can-full of wood ash with five gallons of water. Each tree gets a coffee can-full of Tea.
We were also able to get the older blueberry bushes fed and mulched. Each bush gets a handful of cottonseed meal spread along the soil just under it and then a thick layer of pine straw piled all around. These eleven bushes will produce yummy, sweet berries from May until August. We just set out 22 new blueberry bushes but we’ll pinch blooms of them this year to encourage root growth. Next year, though, there will be bunches of blueberries!
We stuck one row of sweet yellow onions in that soggy garden, too. I would have liked to plant a lot more but there was no way to get deep into the garden without sinking to your ankles in pure old mud. Once I walked right out of my boot!
I know this blog is extremely long but I always have so much to write about … like turning the compost for the first time this season or getting farm records in order or … Oh, did I mention the sweet peppers germinated on Monday?