Monday, March 26, 2012

The prettiest patch of dirt this side of Jane St.

With the weather forecast to be crap this week, we figured Sunday would be a good day to get out and turn over the garden.

Having taken childhood mental notes during repeat viewings of the Grasshopper and the Ant, I am SOOOOOO glad we spent time last fall cleaning up the garden for the winter.

Even though we didn't get much winter, the early spring meant that the stupid grass has started to creep into the plot. This stuff is the worst, as I'm wrecking my back digging it out I swear there is grass growing UNDER the grass. Thankfully though it was confined to the outer edges and compared to last year, yesterday was pretty easy going. As you can see by the pile of crap in the lower right hand corner we still have a bit more work to do.

The most important thing I wanted to get done yesterday was to plot out the beds with string, to see if the online garden planner I used was going to work in real life. We're going to have to make some small adjustments to the plan to accomodate wider footpaths. As well I think the garden planner is on crack, so we might ditch the cabbage or broccoli to make more space for cucumbers, which really need it. Plus we're going to do one more cucumber plant than we did last year, as well as build a frame for them to climb so I think it's necessary.

Anyway, today is an advil day. But it was worth it to get my first farmers tan and get the garden ready for next weekend. Hopefully the garlic survives this week's bizarre weather.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring is here!

I filed my garden permits with the city yesterday and we drove out to check on our patch of dirt. I wasn't surprised to find that the garlic had alreadypushed its way through the dirt. We planted 21 Ontario heirloom cloves on Halloween last year and it seems we've only lost one (it just popped itself out of the ground for some reason).

A few weeks back we visited Seedy Sunday seed exchange and picked up a large variety of heirloom, open pollinated seeds from a handful of local seed banks. Our shopping list isn't near complete, somehow I have to find potatoes and onion bulbs in the next few weeks. I think the early spring has caught all the garden centers by surprise. We're have ambitious plans this year, not only in the many varieties of veggies we're going to grow, but also we're going to try a lot
from seed.

We completed the garden plan weeks ago, but now it seems like planting is literally just around the corner. Hopefully by the end of this weekend we will have had a chance to go out and turn over the dirt, and get some seeds in the ground by April 1st. It's at least a full month before I had planned to be planting!

Here's the plan (crazy, I know!):