He wakes me up this morning to harsh hacking noises. Looking out the bedroom door it was easy to see the utility room door was also open. Quick mental calculations mean, crap, the cat ate my stache of plants!
Running out from the covers to shoo him off and assess the damage. Luckily over the last couple days most of them have been moved into the sunroom. Sad bit now is he got the corn. Where they once were 6 inches tall now they remain at 3. I am thankful that there is a raised lip on the dixie cups otherwise he might have opted to chew it from the ground up.
Trudging outside after all the morning ruckus bringing the garden fork with me. Today was testing day. Checking up on how the soil workability is coming along. I want to plant some spuds soon. Lets start in the front yard which is the northern part of our house. The first half of the 10 foot long beds along the sidewalk are already workable. The beds near the house are still very frozen. Can only shove a fork in an inch or two. Along the driveway things are coming along. It should be perfect soon enough for peas. That is in several weeks.
The 100SF long beds in the backyard are workable without much effort. Must have to do with getting more sunlight than the front this time of year. Assuming lack of an ice age the spuds should be on track to be placed in soil in another two weeks. I've read that a few people plant around St. Patty's. My take on it, however, is that if the soil is workable there shouldn't be any reason for me to hold off longer. In nature after all the tubers would have remained in the soil for the entire time.
This afternoon I was working the original garden along the east side of the house. The area was a huge mess when we purchased the house several years ago. It was being used as a compost area. Heavy on woody materials. Somewhat late last year we put down a 16' x 4' garden. It turned out to be a surprise. Although the garden was not bathed in incredible amounts of sunlight it still managed to produce a lot. It would have been better if the idea had occurred to me in the beginning of the year. The tomatoes and peppers would have had another two months to get on. That was also before I learned about double-digging. This year it will be a salad green area. I spent an hour double-digging to renovate the soil for a new season. I want to see if there is a drastic difference in production over last year. Also for some reason the soil over on this side of the house is warm enough to plant in. It must have to do with a combination of being out of the wind and the bare trees giving access to sunlight.
Tomorrows plan is transplanting all the lettuces in the flat to this area and place plastic over it for a cold frame. Perhaps even taking a picture or two.