Must be spring…

Sorry I haven’t been around posting stuff friends, but it’s that season when everything must be done and must be done now. About 700 Walla-walla sweet onion plants arrived Friday, so they must go in the ground, and I built a raised bed for them today (or enough for half of them, spaced 4” apart, and it’s time for onions and leeks to go in. Today! (In zone 6). But the peas aren’t even in yet. Drat.

Still, I’ve noticed over the years that even though you can plant peas on St. Patty’s Day in March, those you plant in april blossom and fruit at about the same time.

Carrots are planted, along with chard, lettuces, radishes, spinach, and other early things, and the beets I’ve started in flats to get a jump on the market (I’ll hand-broadcast them later in a wide bed because transplanting beets is a pain).

 And the weather: March came in like a lion and went out like a lion. Around here, they used to have just one month of March. Now they have two. It was 43 today and blowing like the dickens.

 I’d forgotten to sow kohlrabi, so rushed a flat of that into production today, alnogn with the next planting (indoors) of broccoli, two flats of tomatoes I’d overlooked, (early Moskvich, and a sweet sauce tomato, along with an orange variety).

The cold-hardy crops such as onions, leeks, brassicas, and perennial herbs I bring out to the back deck by day to they can get sun (I’ve run out of room for grow-lights), but it’s been too cloudy for much sun.

 NOW, I’m done complaining.


About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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