|The garden's progress... April 17|
So I haven't written in a while. It's not that I haven't wanted to, but here are a few excuses: Last week I spent a few solid days (really lovely, sunny & warm days) in the garden. I now have 9 plots dug & planted. Peas, beets, radishes, lettuces, spinach, purslane, broccoli, onions, cabbages, broccoli raab, spinach, bok choi, and some assorted herbs are all in the ground. The brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, collards, kale) are, for the most part, being grown underneath insect barriers. (In the picture, they are the two white plots.) Hopefully this way no detrimental insects will find their way to those plants. I know from growing collards last fall that the cabbage worms are plentiful in this area. It was two hard, but extremely rewarding days in the garden.
The few days after that, we had rain showers for much of the day, so I spent time planting even more seeds in potting soil indoors. Planted even more geraniums, marigolds, peppers, tomatoes, and basil.
Last Saturday, my friends Sherry, Andrea & Alex came over. Andrea & Alex (her son) just moved back to Charleston to start up an organic garden with Sherry. Before and after lunch, Andrea and I geeked out over our gardens. In the rain, we walked around the garden, bringing mud back in with us. And we traded seeds. I forgot to get pumpkin seeds, so now I have some, as well as some different types of parsley, tomatoes and peppers. It was fun, and felt ever-so-slightly subversive in this day and age of corporate seed ownership. Sitting at a kitchen table on a cold spring day, trading seeds.
|The next phase is growing.|
|The front yard after 3.5" of rain|
This afternoon, friends arrive from Chicago. They're coming down for a spring break farm visit. Unfortunately with all the rain, I'll barely be able to show them the garden. But we can walk through the woods, perhaps mushroom hunt or look for wild asparagus. And it will be great to have visitors. Especially folks who have only known me as a city boy! Here's to a good visit, and to the rain abating enough to do more work in the garden...