April….spring….is always shifty in relation to weather, but this year feels less normal “than normal”. This isn’t surprising to some of us who can feel the invisible shift in planetary energetics. Strong fluctuations of Earth’s geomagnetic fields, episodes of solar winds, coinciding with increased tectonic activity around the world, just might influence weather patterns and people’s energy, though we won’t hear of it via traditional technology or the media.
Slowly but surely there is growth. The large overwintering kale doesn't count....
April has taken forever to get through; it seems like eons ago that we put in our first cool-crops in the CG. Happily, they germinated well despite heavy rains just after seeding. They have survived several episodes of hail, heavy rain and wind storms, frost, and “much lower than average” temperatures for the month. We could call it….Apruary. Somehow February and April got mixed up. But the sporadic days of sun between storms have brought us snippets of warmth, enough for the plants to show some substance, so initial thinnings were just made. Love those tasty kale, lettuce, spinach, and pea sprouts! I decided to try potatoes again this year, so planted them last week. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a decent crop. I think I heard something about a warming trend in early May. Yes! Please, oh please.
Aspen beginning his tentative first outdoor explorations: his motto seems to be "always safer to hunker down and watch".
Where's Juniper? Where's Aspen? We know you're there....somewhere.
So, what is the current bumper crop? Weeds!
Posted in Community garden, Furred and feathered friends, Spring, Uncategorized, Weather related
Tagged frost, kale, lettuce, peas, pets, potatoes, scallions, spinach
Some classic spring weather to start off our early spring planting. It was exceptionally warm on the official first day of spring, followed by colder rain showers the next day, when we were scheduled to plant (of course). But, it held off perfectly for us when it came to assembly time. I dashed in and out between showers beforehand to survey and lay out some boundary lines for the planting. Because I’m curious about soil temperature, of course, I measured it: 53°F, and the air temperature was about 54° when we planted.
A little soil prep before planting
It was wonderful to finally kick-off the garden season, and we were in high spirits. A little weeding, some fertilizing, shoveling and raking it in, and then…..seed sowing! To start off: a couple of rows of lettuce, a row each of Swiss chard, scallions, and beets, and a row split to spinach and kale. The kale started growing so fast we were able to harvest 1 pound of it about the time we quit! Just kidding. The harvest was from some overwintering kale, that is starting to flower and needs to get used up. Then there was a consensus to plant snap peas and some mesclun greens mix, which will be added during the coming week.
And now, for the patience part.
Two-thirds of the early spring planting crew...and Juniper nowhere to be seen.