April 13, 2014

No Time to Be Inside: Garden While the Sun Shines

It has been beautiful and sunny all week, with highs in the high 60s to low 70s this weekend. I spend most of my workweek down in a windowless basement, so I was getting a bit of cabin fever. Which meant that I spent all weekend gardening before the Portland rain returns later this week. It was lovely to spend so much time out in the sun with my hands in the soil.

This year we inherited two new individual garden plots in addition to our plot from last year. That means that we now have 300 sq. ft. of personal gardening space in addition to the Group Gardens space that we garden communally with our neighbors.

We mostly focused on bed prep this weekend, although we did transplant some rhubarb and plant some orach, chard, and a few flowers. We already have some lettuce, radishes and beet greens growing and we will transplant in our scallions, lettuce, and celeriac soon. Then later in May we can start putting in the summer crops like tomatoes and zucchini. It is always amazing to look back on these early spring pictures in a few months and to see how much it has grown.

As hard as it is on nice weekends like this, I am trying to be patient. It is still early and there will likely still be weeks of cold rainy weather, so I need to be sure not to put too much into the garden yet. So I content myself with arranging and garden plans.

I have pretty ambitious plans this year including spring, summer, and fall/winter crops. I really enjoy deciding what I am going to grow and then plotting it out in an excel sheet. I find that having a general plan beforehand helps keep me on track and on schedule.

With all that outdoor work it definitely meant that I basically didn't spend any time blogging... I have a feeling that that will be an ongoing problem as the busy summer season starts. We might need to go down to 2 posts a week during this time of year. I am always in awe of all the homesteading bloggers, that get so much done on the homestead and still find time to get the blogging done.... something for me to strive for.

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