As most people know the holiday weekend began rainy and very cold for this time of the year. When the sun came over the horizon on Monday morning I immediately got up, had coffee, dressed and went out to the garden. I felt like I now had one day to do what I had planned on doing in three. I spent the first couple of hours spreading fertilizer and tilling. The photo above is what I looked at for quite a while. I have to say in spite of the noise it’s quite meditative, especially walking behind it in the soft, tilled earth (smells great too).
The next chore was planting my asparagus (finally). I was using bone meal and had to keep careful watch of the new bed – Chester thinks it smells heavenly and is sure if he digs something fantastic will come up.
I then got out my fence posts and paced off my garden design. I put the teepee up in the center of the plot. Then I divided up either end of the garden into the spaces I was planning for crops I would be planting. I planted onions – red and yellow – on the north end along with the start of the tomatoes with the ones that Bill had bought from the flower gypsy. I raked the soil for the four corners in the center where the corn will go and realized that I had a lot more space for other plants so made the decision to plant hills of squash and long pie pumkins. So in essence it will be 3 sisters planting but in a more mannerly fashion.
I also planted the four pepper plants that Bill brought home next to the garage wall with the garlic. There was space and it’s a nice warm, sunny spot, I thought they’d be happy there.
Later, while mowing some of my sister’s field (her mower broke last week), I saw her out planting her seeds and I have to tell you that my head was screaming “Go back and plant those seeds!” It’s May 27th though and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve planted things too early pushed by warm weather and sunshine. The urge to plant something when it starts to warm up is powerful. I remembered how many times I’ve had to replant things (2 and 3 times) because I was impatient and planted too early. My seed will go in this coming weekend in what portends to be blistering heat and humidity but I’ll know the soil is warm enough.
With the lawn mowed and the garden structure there I took a couple of photos and thought about how nice it is when a plan comes together. This is going to be a great garden.