I spent the day clearing my raised beds of leftover stuff from my winter garden. I had a healthy amount of moss growing and I decided to remove it before tilling the soil. I lost a good bit of soil in the process so I had to add planter mix to fill the beds. I also added my favorite soil amendment, organic chicken manure. I chose to apply it tonight while my next door neighbor was barbecuing. I figured I’d pay them back for the loud music. The chicken manure odor mixed with the smell of the bat guano in the planter mix was quite a treat! Tonight my beds are ready for planting, which I hope to do in the morning.
For my cyber friends on the other side of the country, it is supposed to be in the 90’s next week. The local paper says to wait another week but I am moving ahead since I didn’t read that until after I bought my plants.
I am using the Square Foot Gardening principles again since it worked well for my Fall/Winter garden. You really can grow a lot of stuff in a small space. At least I hope so because this is what I bought:
Tomatoes, onions, potatoes, squash, melons, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, dill, chives, basil, cilantro, sage, parsley, pumpkins, carrots, peas, and beans. Oh, and marigolds of course. I have 120 “squares” in my raised beds so I should be ok. I just have to work out what to plant where. I need to remember to put the tall things in the middle and the shorter stuff to the outsides. I am excited to get planting!
Our little orchard is progressing nicely. We have fruit on all the trees but the citrus, which are just starting to bloom.
And my BIG surprise today? I found this growing in my garden.
An artichoke! My first one. I love dirt.