Today, the last day of spring break after a very busy first half of the semester, I took a much needed vacation day today. Ahhh… I had a big to do list — clean the bathroom, vacuum, laundry, more laundry, some more painting in the bathroom… and planting a few seeds in the hoophouse.
Well, it is now 3 pm and I weeded, and picked stones, and weeded, and raked in some Plant Tone fertilizer, and weeded, and then seeded quite a few cold-hardy crops. (Note there is no vacuuming, etc. on that list.) The ever-present quackgrass had crawled yet again under the sill of the hoophouse and made itself at home. Unfortunately, it has invaded my sage plant, which I cut way back and tried unsuccessfully to weed. I think I’ll have to yank the whole plant since it is riddled with quackgrass roots. A few more clumps of quackgrass remain in the path near the door, ready for tomorrow’s weeding session.
It was a balmy 65 in the hoophouse, and the soil was perfect for working; it was pretty warm to the touch considering the time of year. Unfortunately, my thermometer is not working so I couldn’t check the temperature. I’ve planted about 50% of the space. We’ll see what works and what doesn’t –either way; it felt so good to be outside gardening, I can overlook my dusty house.
Spinach — Olympia
Arugula — Roquette
Mache — Verte de Cambrai
Carrots — Mokum
Radishes — Easter Egg
Broccoli — Bay Meadow and Marathon
Cauliflower — Snow Crown
Cimi di Rapa — Quaratina
Cilantro — Caribe
Lettuce — Pine Tree Mix
I’ll sow more lettuce and spinach for sure in 2 weeks, and perhaps some other items depending on what comes up. Right now we don’t have water back there, so I don’t want to go to crazy with seeds until we have the waterline connected. Even with my bonus roof vents to let in the rainwater, the top inch or two of soil was quite dry.
The rest of the gardens need some raking and I’m sure will also need quite a bit of weeding and other work, too, after our absence last summer. Still, it was worth it.