It’s gardening season even if I do have some huge piles of compacted snow on the ground. 🙂
For three days last week I shoveled snow and chopped ice off five 4’x8′ raised beds.
There was about 6″ of snow to move and underneath was a slab of ice 3″ thick to chop and pitch. Now, as we get some warm days the soil will be able to absorb the heat. One bed will need a little repair because the ice apparently pushed a corner apart.
After getting the beds uncovered, I planted some seeds – three types of tomatoes, two cucumbers, lettuce, sweet peppers, Marigolds, Columbine, Alyssum, Coleus, and Geraniums. I’ve never seen Geranium seeds before so thought I’d give them a try.
I had some seeds up in two days and at five days they were really looking good. We’ve been using silver emergency blankets to contain the light and heat for three years now and are amazed every year at what a difference it makes.
Since the raised beds are clear and the seeds are growing, the next project is removing the leaves from all the perennial beds of which there are many, maybe too many for a woman of vintage years. 🙂
Today I start off the week with a meeting about our Master Gardener plant sale in May. It’s always good to be organized, but we’re all hoping our perennials will be up and we’ll be able to divide them before the sale. 🙂
Are you actually gardening yet or are you still in the planning stage?