You have to look closely to see the change, but many of our beds were weeded, hoed, and mulched this week.
Just behind Larkspur is her patch of bachelor buttons which will soon be blooming (so early!) Evidently she was right on to sow the seeds last fall. Garlic on the left and right of the weedy path.
Gabe working to clear a big bed for potatoes. Trees in background began flowering March 16.
Keats planting onion sets. Cilantro and red onions planted last fall in the same bed.
We added leftover sand and more compost to one of our beds, raising the soil level and loosening it up to create a bed for growing carrots.
From the garden journal:
March 8, 2012: weeded second garlic bed, added finished compost and mulched with leaves. weeded one onion bed with Beatrix who talked non stop (love.) Seth helped weed the red onion/cilantro bed for a few minutes before running off.
March 12, 2012: weeded both fall planted onion beds and added a bit of finished compost between the rows. prepared two beds for peas (wando.)
March 13, 2012: planted two beds peas and scattered extra in a melon bed (large square shaped beds in middle of garden.) planted spinach in the rows between the fall planted onion beds under the finished compost.
March 14, 2012: planted a few onion sets.
March 15, 2012: Received my new hand hoe in the mail–so glad. My last one was left in the yard by a child and then mowed over. No one is allowed to use it this time. This hand hoe is my number one favorite tool. planted sweet potatoes in bins so they can start sending up shoots that I will root and then plant in the garden. Greening regular potatoes in the sun in preparation for planting.
March 16, 2012: prepared carrot bed, planted yet more onions.
I had planned to plant lettuce, beets, carrots, and radishes this week as well. I have a problem though with cats digging in my garden and disturbing my seeds. In order to prevent this I bought a couple of rolls of plastic garden fencing on Friday, which I will tack across the beds after I plant them, hopefully this weekend. After the seeds have sprouted and the plants have grown a bit, I can remove it. I will only need the fencing on a few of my beds.
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