This is a “here is everything I did this week, I deserve a gold star” posts.
Weeding. On Thursday, my brain was full from work, so I spent an hour pulling weeds from the three central beds in the front yard, and lots of crabgrass from the south side of the yard.
Potatoes. Yesterday I planted one pound of sieglinde potatoes in bed B. I planted them in four rows, about 10 cm keep, but in trenches so that they can be “hilled up” as per instructions. I also mixed in a little bit of bone meal. They may be planted too close together (15 cm apart), rather than the recommended 30 cm apart. The instructions mentioned that they are companions with parsnips, so they will be planted in April.
Kale! Planted three rows of kale in bed A. Two rows of curly blue kale with seeds collected in 2009 and purple kale with seeds gathered last year. These need to be thinned out when they sprout. Last year I left them too close together and they didn’t really thrive.
Snowdrop transplant. The snowdrops from around the base of the maple were transplanted to the blank place on the other side of the walk.
Dead tree removal. Removed the dead maple.
Manure. Spread 250 lbs off manure (7 – 40lb bags). Two in each of the three central beds and one dug into the future moon garden location.
Mulch. Mulched some of the trees in the front yard to protect them from drought.
Mosiacs. Installed one near the raised beds and the other in front of the hydro meter so that the hydro readers won’t have to step in the dirt.
Many things are up now. Rhubarb, crocus, alliums (my favorite) and the radishes and arugula planted a few weeks ago are all sprouting. All the bulbs, some of the pink rhodos, the hazelnut and the heliobores – both big green and small red are blooming.
All winter I looked at my raised beds and felt slightly intimidated – it seemed like SO much space. Now that two beds are planted, I am worried that I don’t have enough space for everything that needs to be planted.