Saturday, April 28, 2012

New Garden Beds

We manage to get one warm, dry day last week and PeterC and I took advantage of the day. We ordered in some 2 x 12 boards, some soil, and some compost. The order didn't arrive until later in the day so we spent most of the day raking leaves and cleaning up the yard after yet another wind storm. I also managed to get my kohlrabi seed planted in the bed with my onions.

Once the order arrived, we pulled out the tools and started building. We managed to get all the beds built and the existing soil turned and piled into the centre. We ran out of time so we didn't get any of the new soil or compost added to the beds that day. Or any day since.

Since that one warm day last week, the weather has been very wet and windy. Today is mice and sunny but the air is cold. To cold to be working in the garden. So instead I am spending the afternoon replanting the few Roma tomato seeds that have sprouted, and hoping they will do well enough in larger containers until I can plant them outside.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Garden Blues

As I suspected, April decided to return to slightly below average temperatures and weather. Luckily, I was prepared for that in the garden. The crops I planted didn't really suffer for the cold temperatures. The radishes, which were about a 1/4 inch high just tucked themselves up for the cold and waited it out.

The tomatoes seeds I planted didn't fair as well, even though they were indoors. They grew very spindly and then the cats figured out how to get the lid off the seedling tray and ate most of the long skinny shoots. I've moved them to a new area but I think it was to little to late. So, I will be buying plants from the nursery again this year. Hopefully I will get healthy plants with no blight in the soil and will get a decent crop later in the year.

Because the weather turned cold again we have yet to get the old beds rebuilt. Each time we think we will get a good clear weekend the clouds move in, the showers start falling, and the wind turns cool. With any luck the beds will be rebuilt and ready to plant by May 24th, the traditional planting day for this area. If not then we may be planting into hills instead of raised beds again this year.