As the forecast has been calling for rain and the weather cooled back to normal April temps (too cold to paint), Dan and I abandoned our plan to replace some siding on the house so instead we have been — you guessed it –gardening.
Today we continued our efforts, begun last year, to convert the vegetable garden into primarily raised beds. Today we worked on the center row. Again we used some of the alders we have growing in our back 40′ to edge the beds. The difference this year, though, is we have our wonderful little Honda mini-tiller to make the work so much easier! No gardener’s elbow this summer, the tiller allowed us to fairly easily loosed the soil in the paths and incorporate that into the beds.
I then fertilized and raked smooth the soil. This summer, I am experimenting with IRT plastic mulch after hearing one of the speakers rave about it in my Master Gardening class. Dan helped me lay the mulch out and get it securely buried on the edges, a very fiddly job. Tomorrow, if the rains hold off, I will transplant my brassica seedlings and cover securely with floating row cover to keep out the evil cabbage worms, only this year, to deter slugs, I will keep the row cover well above the plants and liberally sprinkle organic slug bait about.