First: Our snap peas are up! We have 2 short rows, one of Cascadia, one of Sugar Sprint. These were planted April 22. I’ll start another row this weekend. The wood is in the pathway to suppress weeds and minimize compaction in this area.
Sunday, Dan planted my French Gray Shallots. They should have been planted in the fall, but we didn’t get it done, so I have nothing to lose by trying this spring in hopes of a crop or at the very least, another seed crop for the fall. These shallots are so tasty, I hate to lose them. Once the shallots sprout, I’ll mulch well with compost or grass clippings. To prepare the soil, we weeded well and I raked in some Plant Tone fertilizer. It is pretty dry here so I watered them well and will give them another good watering again later this week unless we get some rain.
I hope to get some garlic in next weekend.
The quackgrass is pretty bad in the hoophouse, but I’m hoping I’ll get some greens harvested before it get too out of hand. I’m planning on covering this with black plastic and growing melon and cucumber in there, with a soaker hose for irrigation. If that doesn’t work, I’ll have to try something more drastic, like solarization.
Let’s just say we have plenty to keep us busy this summer.