March 19, 2009
I am still waiting for things to germinate before I plant anything else. The carrots are just starting to cut through the dirt and the lettuce and chard are the same way. I planted some mustard as a cover crop in places where I have not worked the dirt as well as I would like. The spots are along my fence where I am planting beans later and the mustard is supposed to have long deep roots that help break up the soil. It has a lot of work to do for me!!! The mustard is already coming up. I think I planted the carrots too deep but they are trying so I hope I did not mess them up too much! The peas and spinach are looking real good. Just a few more weeks and I can start planting my other stuff like tomatoes, squash and eggplant.
I am going to add more manure to the dirt when I plant the later stuff. I am also top dressing all the plants that I am planting with compost. Top dressing is placing compost in top of the soil around the plants after transplanting. Enjoy the spring in your neck of the woods!