Peas and Bluebirds

The Bluebirds have returned and our first planting of peas went into the ground. Two definite signs of spring even though we have a forecast of snowflakes later this coming week.  The ground temperature needs to be 40 or above to plant peas, ours was 42 degrees. They were soaked overnight, inoculated, and planted to a depth of one inch. Hopefully, we will be picking and snacking on peas in June.

Planting peas

 

Thank you for rhubarb donations

Thanks to all who donated rhubarb from their home gardens. We completed two fifty-foot rows. It will be three years before the plants will be large enough to remove any stalks. Sometimes you just have to be patient.

12 pounds of spinach donated to Bath backpack program

Twelve pounds of spinach was gleaned last Friday in the cold rain by a pair of Merrymeeting Gleaners. Thank you, Libby and Tom, you were intrepid. The spinach went to a backpack program in Bath.

What’s going in the ground

We are continuing with the planting of lettuce and radishes. The lettuce is beginning to transition to outside beds. We will be starting to get our onions and leeks in the ground as well as carrots
and Hakuri turnips. These beds have had solarization tarps on them to warm the soil. Protective row cover will go over every crop to add ten degrees of warmth.

Onion seedlings

Thanks to volunteers, we’re planting earlier

Because of the outpouring of volunteers this Spring, we seem to be ahead in our seasonal tasks, allowing us to plant earlier than usual. I have this sense of urgency to get seeds and plants in the ground. As we all know, local nutrient-dense food is needed more than ever.
Two glorious days of sunshine and warm weather are headed our way. Time to go plant! Theda