There’s a lot happening if you take a stroll through our little garden.
We planted entirely from seed 8 weeks ago, at the end of January. The previous owners of our home kept an RV on what is now our little garden plot, had entirely eliminated the top soil, and trucked in heaps of decomposed granite, further compacting our soil.
We prepared our soil for seeds with compost, horse manure, goat manure, and chicken manure, and then planted a mixed cover crop for fertility, allowing it to grow to about six inches or so until we tilled it in before planting day.
Chris set up a maze of drip irrigation with sprinkler attachments to help with seed germination.
We used Elliot Coleman’s garden plan from Four Season Harvest, planting in 30 inch bands with a 12 inch walking path between the rows to decrease soil compaction. We interplanted sweet clover in the walking rows to keep weeds down and eventually add more nutrients to the soil.
Following the seeding, we did little for a month but wait. We were thankful for 4 straight days of rain at the end of February. A little weeding here and there, some Borax for boron lightly sprinkled on the beets, and some vermi-compost-tea brewed for a week used as a foliar spray.
This week (8 weeks later) the garden is coming alive! My time is spent weeding and mulching with hay and wood chips (especially cool season crops like the sweet peas). The orange tree is blooming and the smell of orange blossoms while working in the garden is divine.
The radishes are plump and they are best enjoyed, if you ask me, with butter and sea salt. We have an endless, overwhelming supply of salad greens. I am eating the turnip thinnings in salads with soft boiled eggs and the pac choi is delicious steamed and served over cous cous (but no need to plant an entire row next year). The sugar snap peas are in full bloom and should be ready for harvest in a few days.
We are out of time to build a greenhouse, and I broke down this week and planted our summer seeds (squash, melons, tomatoes, tomatillos, basil) to be kept outside in plastic pots and transplanted later.
My brother Andrew keeps asking if we’ve established a co-mother for our baby on the way. We are still waiting for one of our ladies to go broody. Because, what is spring without baby chicks!