Early spring garden baby photos
I promised you some more baby pictures from my Friday planting,
and I also wanted to see for myself if I'd been nuts to set out
week-old seedlings. So I poked back under the quick hoops and row covers
three days later...and discovered that everyone was not only holding
steady but also putting out new growth! I'm sure it didn't hurt that it
was warm and rainy during the intervening period, so both top and root
shock was minimized. We'll see how well the babies do when the weather
turns cool later in the week.
Some of those babies are
under the quick hoop closest to the camera. This spot is new ground
created in the last six weeks by broadforking sod, laying down a
one-thickness layer of corrugated cardboard, then shoveling good garden
soil on top from beds that were in a shady spot and thus weren't
providing peak vegetable growth despite high soil quality. I go into
this sort of no-till practice in much more depth in my upcoming soil
ebook Small-Scale No-Till Gardening Basics, so be sure to preorder a copy or mark your calendar for March 8 if you're interested!
Closer to home, the cold frame
is still plugging along. We've been harvesting one small salad's worth
of lettuce and/or greens per week from this area all through the coldest
parts of winter. I consider that proof positive that soil temperature,
not day length, is what keeps greens from producing in the dead of
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