Hands in the Dirt, Finally!
At long last we got a break in the weather and were able to get some things done on the farm. Not a lot of things, granted, but oh my goodness it felt good to do even just a few!
First things first, I removed the cover cloth from the rows of peas and was happy to see them poking out of the ground. I was less happy to see the enormous amount of weeds also growing. The main culprits are buttercups, then couch grass, then … garlic! Yes, I am counting baby garlic plants as weeds as long as they are in the pea patch. Weeds are whatever you don’t want, wherever you don’t want them, and I definitely don’t want garlic there!
I started the long and tedious task of pulling all the weeds, but the soil is still too wet and big clods of it would come away with whatever I pulled. As much as I hate to wait, I’m going to have to until the soil is drier and the peas are bigger and better rooted. I WAS able to hoe that empty middle row however, and I went ahead and planted bok choy there. It will tolerate this coolish spring weather, and should be ready to harvest by early June. I’ll go ahead and sow something else there when it’s done. Maybe zinnias?
I also cleared the old, overgrown strawberry patch and planted new strawberries. The soil there had been under plastic for the last couple of years, so it was perfect, crumbly and mostly dry. I need to get some straw to mulch the plants and I also need more strawberries, because I seriously underestimated the size of this patch and only ended up planting about 1/3 of it. I want to be picking pounds of strawberries in the coming years! POUNDS!
I wish I could have done more – planting out onions and cauliflower and all that other good stuff – but this was a good start. It was honestly just what I needed after all the endless days of rain we’ve been having.