The sky is a be…

The sky is a beautiful blue and the sun is shining brightly. The wind is a little brisk but the temperature is suppose to reach 65 degrees today. Things are starting slowly around here this morning and we just don’t seem to be able to pump in enough coffee. All of yesterday’s list was accomplished, plus a few additional jobs. Today’s list is even longer. The tasks are sometimes very overwhelming and getting things done often seems impossible but staying focused on the end somehow makes the means more do-able. 

Today the clover in the corn beds will get turned under in preparation for planting during the first week of April. A compost pile will be started in our newly designated composting area. I’ll uncover the strawberries that were covered last evening to protect from last night’s possible frost scare which didn’t happen after all. I may get around to turning a few of the older compost piles that seem to have slowed down decomposing considerably over the winter months. Soil amendments need to be spread onto two 3’x50′ beds and then turned under; one of these beds is destined to become a permanent pole bean area. I may get around to cutting out the 15″ planting diagram (triangle) that will be used when planting the corn. There are a lot of broken cinder blocks piled by the back door that we salvaged for busting into smaller pieces to be added as ‘fill’ for the trench that runs down the middle of the driveway, maybe I’ll get around to doing that, too.

So far things are on schedule and everything is growing well. There have been a few disappointment with poor seed germination though. The lettuce seedlings shown in our header are a prime example, they only germinated at 73%. Needless to say, these lettuce seed won’t be saved for next year’s planting. We’ve only collected marigold seed and jalapeno pepper seed from our own plants but these seed exhibit the best germination rates so far (marigold at 100% and peppers at 90%). We plan to collect and save seed from every open-pollinated vegetable planted this year, except the root crops since we’re still building our beds and have no place for them to grow from fall until early summer just yet.