I finally had a free Saturday to work in the vegetable garden and the weather cooperated! With the help of Brian and our daughter, I was able to clear out the debris – yes, from last fall – and get some beds mulched, covered, and planted, as needed. Notice how there are no ‘before and after’ pictures, though? That would be out of embarrassment – yes, even with you sweet friends – as I’m at least a month late with everything and I literally had not stepped one foot in the garden since last fall. (And yes, we need to refresh the gravel and straw on the plastic ground cover…it’s just lower on the list.)
Yep, and it’s been hard. Hard to look at the unkept garden, hard to keep trying to find a time to do it, and hard to see the time window for planting slipping away. To be completely honest with you guys, since I started doing virtual assistant work on top of the seemingly unending work that comes with owning a blog (I like to call it the ‘black hole of blogging’) and other projects, I just am not sure how to fit in a garden I created to be a part time job for me to feed our family when the kids were younger.
The good part is, though, that with the major chores done after our marathon day (7 straight hours for me, 5 for Brian, and a couple for our daughter!!), I should be able to do the prepping of the beds and planting over the next couple months in just 1 to 2-hour windows here and there. Oh, and being able to harvest the first of the asparagus is always a good motivator, isn’t it?
I focused on the plants that will produce first, so in addition to the asparagus, the strawberry beds were cleaned and layered with a barnyard mulch that will feed them as well as keep the weeds down. I swear I could almost taste the berries as I was working on this bed!
I went ahead and planted some snap and snow peas, just to see how they do as I’m almost a month late planting them. If we have a warm spring, they won’t have time to produce for me – though the snow peas last longer and since I can harvest them earlier, I think we’ll get a good crop of those. I also planted some onions, which should be fine.
We got the large beds cleared and the black plastic down so the sun can start doing it’s thing, cooking all the weeds underneath to help give us our weed-free corn patch and bean/squash beds. Usually I have one of these beds planted in potatoes and covered with straw, which is why I only have three pieces of plastic that actually cover the beds. We had to scrounge a 4th piece since I am not planting potatoes this year in the ground – I’m tired of going to all that work just to provide food for the voles. This year I am trying the garbage-can method for growing spuds – voles don’t eat through plastic cans, do they?
And see the fruit trees, currants, and cherry shrubs blooming? Oh, it was wonderful to smell as I worked out there – that is springtime at it’s best! I think the weather was good most places, right? What did you get done this last week outside?