The last month and a half have found me busy in the garden. Since I didn’t clean up or fertilize in the fall, each row needed to be weeded, fertilized and have the path turned up to increase the bed. (I shovel the path onto the beds every other year since the soil settles.)
Here’s how it all looks today. I have one row left to prepare, in the back of the garden for cucumbers and some squash. Just this weekend we finished the first row for peppers but didn’t plant them since we’re now having temperatures around 50 as we get some much-needed rain. The peppers are back in the house for now.
I’ve made two big changes in the garden this year. First, I re-ordered my rows to bring the tomatoes more to the center of the garden in hopes they get more sun. Right now I have my first seeding of tomatoes planted, and the second set are back in the house until the temperatures recover.
Second, I’m using three varieties of plastic mulch. The crab grass has gotten so out of control the previous few years and so I’m hoping this will help suppress it and increase my ability to keep up with the garden. I’m also trying to start the season with straw in the paths to suppress weeds there. So far, the cabbage/kale/brussels sprouts row seems to be doing well with the white-on-black mulch. The peppers, squash & sweet potatoes are getting IRT plastic, and the tomatoes and corn just plain black plastic. I’ll still use straw around the potatoes, garlic & leeks.
We’ve been enjoying lettuce and other greens from the garden, alongside our asparagus & radishes and some of the early kale.
I’m hoping to finish planting the rest of my seedlings (peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumbers, some winter squash, basil & flowers) later this week as the weather returns to normal temperatures.