Getting in the Dirt at the Yurts!
Every Sunday at our house is a community work day… We have been getting so busy in our garden, getting our beds ready for this year and putting our first plants in the ground, as well as our starting our seeds in the greenhouse. (Our greenhouse is actually a yurt with a clear roof, a lovely family tub, and it is a multipurpose space.)
So far in our garden we have lots of things planted… carrots, turnips, broccoli, cabbage, onions, and peas. This is a great time to plant all those plants and beets, lettuce, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts.
If you’re a strawberry lover you can start your plants now, although you will probably not harvest much from them until next year, so you’ll want to put them somewhere you would keep them for a few years. Some people suggest picking off the flowers the first year to encourage them to get better established the first year.
If it hadn’t rained today I would have gotten a bunch of beets in today. Argh! I will admit, I think the beets are my favorite vegetable. I could eat them everyday…
As far as our starts in the greenhouse we have a whole bunch- tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and various herbs. These need to be started early.
It is probably a bit on the late side to plant for things like tomatoes, eggplant and peppers, but things like zucchini and other squash and cucumbers grow very quickly from seed and can be transplanted when it gets warmer.
Some of my friends are incredible gardeners, and they always have great tips. Yesterday we were talking about “feeding” the garden, and my friend Charlie said that they give all their plants a good feeding of worm juice or other highly nutritious food at least once a week… Feed your garden and you’ll be eating much better food! If you don’t have your own home made compost, you try to mix a few different kinds together…cow, hen, and mushroom are readily available at garden centers. Depending on how heavy your soil is, you also might want to consider adding in some peat to help make it more “loamy” and workable. Happy Gardening!!