Po Tay toe, pa ta toe, To May Toe, to ma toe

Here it is the last week of June and both the tomatoes and potatoes have started to bloom. Hill the potatoes and caging the tomatoes is extra work but worth the effort.
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And the garlic planted last Fall is beginning its end as the hard neck varieties have begun to set scrapes which will be harvested for cooking and salads.image

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Golden Peas

A newer hybrid pea grown this year is a golden pod variety.
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Not only are the pods attractive, but so are the blossoms! Taste testing will happen once there’s enough to harvest.
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First Crops

Before the cool weather of Spring leaves for the year, the early season crop harvest goes on in full swing. The earliest harvest are the lettuce mixes. There are seven different lettuces planted in their own row. The first harvest is just cut from the plants and the second sees the plants pulled to make room for beans.
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The next harvest includes both the green and red pal choi which was transplanted last month. Because they bolt in warmer weather all must be harvested before the end of June.
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Once the pak choi comes out the successive cucumbers take over that bed.
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The last big Spring harvest is the Napa Cabbage. This year’s crop has done well with the cooler nights and bed irrigation.
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Transplants

Once the weather stabilizes, all the seedlings from the greenhouse can go into the garden beds. While not everything needs the added protection most everything goes into coldframes in case the overnight temperature dips into the danger zone.

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Slowly almost all the beds are getting ground level irrigation installed. These are just PVC pipes with small holes. When the waters on this provides a good soaking for each bed. The beds have separate valves so the different needs can be met in each bed. Open beds still get either hose water or the last of the old soaker hoses.

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Garden Helpers

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Whenever work is being done in the garden there’s always more work than hands. If the egg hens are out they’re always ready to lend a hand, errrr foot to help. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes that’s bad!

Lucky is usually more interested in supervising greenhouse work.

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Spring Seedlings

It may not seem to be logical to start peas and lettuce ahead of time, but getting them started early negates and poorvSpringbwearher. Back in late March and early April these lettuce were started.
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When the middle to end of April rolls around these went into the garden in one of the cold frames. At the same time the first seeding directly into the coldframevtakes place. Once the covers come off, a second seeding takes place so that by the end of May, the first cutting of the transplants is ready to harvest.

These peas were started at the same time. Because the germination can be dicey for directly sown seeds early in the Spring, these can be use to fill in any gaps. They don’t mature any faster but it’s easier than reseeding and having the harvest spread out due to the separate planting dates.
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It Really is Nice to have a Greenhouse

Having the greenhouse makes getting a jump on Spring so much better than starting seeds indoors. While it may get chilly at night still, the heat of the day getsbeverything off to a good start. Because there’s lots of natural light, leggings is not an issue.
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Getting Started

Even with a bit of new snow, it’s time to get seeds going in the greenhouse. Starting tomatoes, early lettuce, Spring brassicas and the like requires a shot of luck to time the seedling growth to match up with the unpredictable weather. Regardless of how it seems starting now is better than waiting to long!lettuce1

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Weatherman Humor -NOT!

If the weather man is supposed to be funny, how come I’m not laughing?
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This is what greeted Lucky the cat this morning. He was not amused!

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Sigh – Lions and Lambs

I alternately hate and love the weather people! Spring weather seems to be all over the map so far this year. One day it’s bright and warm, the next cold and blustery. At least the days of bitter cold are behind us.

With the mix of weather getting projects underway ebbs and flows with the weather. Seed starting has pretty much been one of the ebbs! The night temps are still to low to get anything up in the greenhouse even though the day temperatures get quite warm when the sun shines. Remembering that it is still just March doesn’t lessen the yearning to get going.

Coops and pens are in need of a good cleaning and on the warmer days a little gets done. The issue becomes what to do with the cleanings. The compost bins are still frozen and full from last season and it isn’t practical to spread it in the garden just yet. Stock piling only works until the chickens find it and then they insist on searching through for that long lost tidbit at the bottom of the pile.

Chicks are still prot cited in brooders as the night time temperatures dip a bit low most nights. It will be nice to get them out and about in order to give the brooders a good cleaning before hatching the next round of chicks. There are some nearly 50 young to get out to grow out pens in order to make room for the next batch. Of course hatcheries are not helping with several varieties desirable being readily available right now.

The rabbit yard needs a good cleaning but much of the ground under hutches is still partially frozen so that has to be put off as well.

With the new perimeter fencing project waiting in the wings for unfrozen ground, at least the equipment can be prepard. Tuning and maintaining the tractor, tiller, wood chipper and chain saw takes time and weather permitting will be done soon.

Like everyone else, Spring can be a time of flurry and one of waiting. Hopefully the waiting won’t be too much longer.

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