Time to Think About Planting!
We started planting our garden today. Of course, we had to clean up a bit first. Should have done that last Fall, but I prefer to talk myself into believing that cleaning up last year’s debris would only leave the soil exposed all winter long- and that’s not good… and if I stretch it… I can even convince myself that the debris I leave in place composts down and enriches the soil over winter- so we cleaned up today.
We have been watching “The Old Man’s Nose”, west of Mt. St. Helens, and it’s free from snow, however the forecast calls for snow down below pass level this week, so we’re sticking with cool weather crops, and for us that means peas.
This year, I bought a single package of peas at Yard ‘n Garden Land (my local nursery) and ended up using about half the package (I might use the rest in another bed in a few weeks to extend the harvest- we’ll see.)
Our soil looked really good after we cleaned up the bed, so we just turned the dirt and smoothed it out. I don’t really follow the planting instructions since we have a small place to plant in and I always end up packing my stuff pretty close together. I practice succession planting and I mix and layer my garden. There are great books out there for “square foot gardening”, raised beds and small space, layered, gardening– small gardens can really yield a lot, so if you have limited space, time or energy, it is definitely worth a try!
Our peas should sprout in about two weeks and they will be ready for eating around the end of May. I am excited just thinking about going out the garden in the evening and eating fresh picked peas- I can’t wait!
It started to pour down rain just as we finished planting… I love Spring!