Wednesday, April 13, 2011

End of Winter, Beginning of Spring

Even though it's officially been spring for a while, the garden has been in winter mode. Today, Rodney pulled out all the soaker hoses in Garden # 1 and the Raised Bed. Then we harvested most of the vegetables still in the garden, in preparation for the 7 cubic yards of soil arriving Friday, midday. Rodney, Juna and Michiko helped me harvest green onions, kale, carrots, lettuce, spinach, arugula, Swiss chard, parsnips and the last of the peas. We also shared rosemary and oregano. There are still a few vegetables left in t he garden. I will pull all except maybe the potatoes out on Saturday morning and divide the last of the harvest among the workers.

It's also time to start the seeds in small containers. I planted Brandywine tomatoes, Beefsteak tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, red, purple and yellow bell peppers, jalapenos, zucchini and yellow squash in a mixture of potting soil and pure mycorrhizal inoculant. Then I watered well with water mixed with Super Thrive and Actinovate. Put the whole tray of containers on the heating pad in the south corner of the house. I will turn on the heating pad tonight, which will keep the veggies 5 - 10 degrees warmer tonight. Most of the vegetables will germinate in 7 - 10 days.

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