It has been three weeks since I began clearing the land to plant the garden, winter temperatures returned and with that snow, delaying an early planting. Now, with winter and it’s freezing temperatures behind us in the Lower Hudson Valley it is time to sow the early crops.
Yesterday, with the help of Fred’s eleven year old son Joseph the spinach, a gourmet lettuce mix, green beans, peas, basil, beets, and carrots were planted in the first six rows. We were careful to bag worms for fish bait as we went along. There should always be a reward for the little helper.
In the rear rows I am going to be planting my potato starters later today if I have the energy. I’ve been very busy earlier today as I continue to clear the land and prepare the new rows. I hope to have the garden rows symmetric for thinning and/or repeat planting of the crops two weeks from now. I’ll wait to see how the seeds I’ve planted germinate. I’m not use to having such a late start to the season and with the warmer temperature so quickly upon us, I am anticipating a excellent yield particularly for the carrots and beets.
The mulch between the rows should help to make maneuvering throughout the garden and the weed maintenance manageable. I don’t use any weed killer in my garden, I try to be organic, although I don’t go as far as paying extra for seeds with such certification. The mulch also serves as a place to sit beside while sowing the seeds. There is only so much stooping I can do in one day.
In this fertile black dirt I didn’t need to add any supplements, although having some ash saved from the fireplace I did sprinkle the soil before planting the peas, it being said that wood ash sweetens the peas.
Sarah called from college, to remind me to trim back my raspberry bushes as they were out of hand land year and she prides herself as the raspberry picker. As there are many tasks at hand here on my little farm, I need to use these early days of spring wisely to ensure our bountiful harvest and not to upset any willing helper.
When it is time to rest, I’ll be on the porch.
Has your Spring begun?