Before a seed or plant is planted in the gardens there is a huge amount of work to do. Cool weather weeds are already sprouting in the asparagus beds and need to be pulled before the first green spears ever emerge. Last year this time we were picking asparagus. In between bouts of late snow we have slowly been working on these beds. Pulling back mulch to allow the soil to warm and trying to pull any stubborn cool weather weeds that have managed to survive despite the mulch.
And the rhubarb/ strawberry bed is getting a change this year. The rhubarb which originally took up only half the bed has become too crowded. So any remaining strawberries will be moved to the garden and put in a row. The remaining rhubarb will be split and moved to cover the entire bed. That should give it plenty of room to spread. I have 100 new strawberry plants to add to the existing strawberry plants as well which should give me a good size strawberry patch in the no till garden.
And look at this huge pile of dirt and gravel at the end of our drive compliments of the road grader! Now my husband sits on the board for the township and I am not sure if this is a very nice thing to do to the guy that signs your paycheck. Never the less this will have to be shoveled up and thrown back into the driveway. Gravel is expensive and it's not doing any good piled up in the ditch.
The no till garden is still nestled under a bed of wheat straw, grass clipping and leaves. Like one great big compost pile.
But as the straw is raked back to allow the soil to warm before planting pea seeds we are amazed at the beautiful black and loose soil teeming with earthworms already.
Gotta run no time to spend on the computer these days as the work is waiting.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter