Friday, 1 April 2011
Can't Wait for Spring!
It's still pretty cold, and we still have quite a bit of snow in spots, but here's a landmark of the changing season - it was warm (above freezing) and dry enough (and enough snow has melted on the porch that I can get onto it) that I could hang out my laundry!
The garden beds are all now exposed although the soil is still pretty frozen. Just the top inch or so has thawed out. You can see we got elk manure onto all the beds in the fall, but never got it raked out. Something to do next week, I guess. As soon as it's thawed, anyway.
We left two hoop-houses up over the winter. They were pretty smooshed down by all the snow, but as soon as it melted they sprung up again, mostly. One or two of the hoops will have to be replaced, I think. This end of the hoop-house didn't do too well but if you look towards the middle and back you can see quite a few things not doing too badly. GROWING, even!
Inside is a bit more problematic. All the things Mr. Ferdzy started a month ago are now huge, and clamouring to get out. Well, it was a gamble .This lush, leafy stuff is chard. I was always a little bored by chard but now that I am a gardener I am discovering how great it really is. Still, I think we will get another hoop-house up in the next couple of days and get some of this stuff into the ground.
Not the tomatoes, eggplants and peppers which are just germinating and getting their first leaves. They will be inside for at least another 6 weeks. We decided to plant them directly into pots this year and save the trouble and disturbance to their roots of potting up.
Onions and leeks are on schedule, which is to say they still look extremely weak and weedy. The spinach, on the other hand, is BOLTING. I told Mr. Ferdzy that it was not going to be happy once we turned the heat up for the solanaceae. It's not. Oh well, it was a gamble. It's big enough I could pick it and we would get a meal out of it. First spinach of the season!