I just set out the first of the 'mater plants. Siberian and Subarctic,
new heirlooms for me this year. Early, short season breeds. I tried
Stupice last year and wasn't overly impressed. This is the first
spring that I haven't used a tiller. I started the lasagna business
I was amazed at the number of earthworms I saw! There were easily
several dozen in each hole I dug for the transplants, several adult
worms and many small worms. This soil improvement business *is*
it is cracked up to be.
The early season stuff that I planted...onion sets, radishes, assorted
greens, snap peas and snow peas....is going like crazy. I simply
pulled back the mulch and spread the seeds on the soil, covered with a
light layer of mushtoad compost and pulled the mulch back over and they
are off and running.
The broadcast salad garden is breaking through nicely. I transplanted
African Marigolds into it and the other beds, along with several
Had our first salad last night, Lovey wasn't too hot on it as it was
pretty strong, but it consisted of store bought romaine with fresh
dandelion greens and garlic scallions. Felt like a great
accomplishment to me and damned tasty.
Temps today were hot, 86F, but will cool tomorrow and be in the 60s and
seventies for the next week or so with nightimes in the up40s and
low50s, except for one night they say will be mid30s.
Hauled a pickup load of twigs and sticks and prunings and stuff that
would take years to compost to the landfill today and lucked out in
that they called it readily compostable and didn't charge me for it.
The large stuff they charge you for taking, chip and shred it, then
compost it or use for mulch. I guess the carge covers the chipping.
At least it is recycled.
Potted three more cherry 'maters. Fertilized the strawberries in the
pot. Found that the potted Hostas survived and are doing their thing.
Gonna go out now and lay cardboard around the asparagus and cover with
compost and mulch. THis is it's second year and it was damned hard to
Later, got food to attend to! ;-)
Shit, the weather monitor thingie just went off and informed us we are
in a 'nado watch 'til 1am.....nothing new hereabouts, but I still don't
like it much. Tornados are hard on gardens!
"If we're all down trying to unclog the sewer,
who's gonna smell the flowers?" ~ Billy Rose