It seems like it was the middle of March the last time I could work in the garden. I think we had better weather that month than we have in April. Fortunately, the forecast for at least the next two weeks is a lot better with no frost at night. It almost seems too good to be true :)
My husband roto-tilled various areas of the ‘old’ vegetable garden today. I raked, tossed stones, cleared dead weeds, and then we laid more of the bed frames in place. Managed to get four done today, with six more already-built-ones to go. I’ve had a rather ambitious plan this year to get all, or almost all, vegetable beds done this year which means he will have to build 6 more frames. Once the newly built ones are done, there will still be some edging to be built for the rhubarb bed, asparagus bed, and black raspberry bed. At the end of all that, there will be 30 individual beds, all 4 feet by 4 feet except the aforementioned rhubarb, asparagus and black raspberry beds. That should enable me to rotate crops plus give me space for my winter garden.
The peas, spinach, garlic, rhubarb and raspberries apparently didn’t suffer any damage from the frosty nights we had for the past week. The spinach even managed to put forth its true leaves!
The daffodils were definitely touched by frost, many of their trumpets are wilted around the edges. I did go out and cover my tree peony (although tree sounds a bit presumptuous for such a short-at-the-moment plant!) as it has two flower buds and I didn’t want anything to happen to them.
Now it’s supposed to rain for the rest of the week, although when they say ‘showers’, it usually doesn’t rain much. If real rain comes, I’ll be able to go back down the basement and start some more seeds. I’m running out of room on my grow stand, so we’ll need to set up the greenhouse on the back deck so I can move some stuff out there. For once, I’ve stayed on top of getting seedlings transplanted into pots and they’re all looking pretty good. I really need to set up the second grow stand down the basement for next year – but not right now as I can’t get the light fixtures at the moment.
Main photo: vegetable garden beds so far
Photo 2 – snow peas and spinach
Photo 3 – garlic bed
Photo 4 – rhubarb
Photo 5 – he’s just so darn cute I couldn’t resist!
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