Saturday mornings are always breakfast out followed by Farmers’ Market if we are in town and well. Today started out beautiful, a tad cool, but with a day that reached 60ºf by mid day. We followed our usual routine then set out to see about getting the last garden box. After getting the prior one, the first 4 X 8′ model, because of the possible designs, it had 6 extra boards if assembled in the manner of the other ones. The corner posts a bit higher, but that is okay. I decided to buy another 4 x 8′ one so that there were 12 extra boards total and with some 2 x 2″ boards that could be cut into corner posts, an extra box could be made. Though the vegetable garden plan doesn’t require it, the new tiny trees should be put in a tree nursery for a year or two, so the extra box will fill that bill. While we were out getting the box, another two stops were planned to get the wire hooks to fasten the fence to the posts for the chick pen and to get enough row cover to be able to plant the two 4 foot square boxes for onion sets and peas. We found plum trees about 4 feet high and since they have been in the orchard plan, two of them came home with us too.
After heavy rain last night, the garden soil was wet and heavy, but with the tractor’s help, enough good composted soil was gather to fill the two new boxes.
The kit bed, nearest left was assembled, the soil spread and raked, but it was too wet to do too much with and a thunderstorm arrived while the work was being done. Inside, the two flats of seedling blocks were set up, the tomatoes, tomatillos, and hot peppers sown in one, the chard, parsley, and cilantro in the other. The garden still needs a few sweet peppers and some other herbs, beside those two and the basil that has such a short germination time that it will have to wait. There are still some seedling cubes that can be sown, so the other seed will be sought tomorrow if we go into town.
Once done with that, the storm had passed enough to go out and assemble the non kit box, but again the rain started, so the soil is just heaped in the middle of the box.
Tomorrow isn’t to be as warm, but will be sunny, so the tiny trees, plum trees, onion sets, and peas will all be planted. the row cover frames were put in place today and the peas and onions will be covered until it is warm enough to leave them to the elements and the peas need trellising.
There is still some cardboard to put down between boxes and mulched, the three sisters garden bed needs to be prepped when the soil is drier and the rest raked for the preparation to seed the spring cover crop that will have oats and field peas that later will be harvested for making chicken feed. That cover will also have either a row of flowers for the bees and butterflies or perhaps randomly sown within the cover. The garlic that looked a bit beat up after the deep freeze, appears to have perked up some.
The daffodils in town near the market are beginning to perk back up, so they seem to have survived the cold as well.