Friday, May 6, 2016
This will be short. I´m tired.
So far in the veg patch after a week of sunny weather. Potatoes, onions and now a mixed bed of lettuce, onions, spinach and strawberry starts, just because I have to plant them before they fry. The potato bed took 5 mornings, the onion bed 2 mornings, and the last bed 1 four hour session. So far, my technique is lifting with a garden fork, clearing weed roots, rocks and assorted trash. Phase 2 is turning with a garden spade and removing roots, stones, and trash. Shape bed/fertilize maybe, and plant. Lots still to do.
Seeds mostly refusing to start.
Except these, which I managed to knock face down on the ground. Was it the marigolds or basil? No, it was the green, purple and peach tomatillos that you can´t get here and the only things that had shown signs of life in the 10 days they´ve been watered and moved in and out and generally fussed over. Gah.
I can´t find peas. V bought a box from the ag co-op store, but they´re dyed pink with fungicide - don´t really want to plant them. Too late anyway?
Can I direct plant carrots, parsnips, beans, corn etc., now? The parsnip seed is from last fall - still OK? Saving the very scarce compost/manure for tomatoes and corn - better used elsewhere?
Supposed to rain for the next 2-3 days. Great, I can catch up on the housework - said no-one ever.