I'm exhausted, but feeling good.
I've been prepping the beds one by one -- I have a lot of small beds scattered round the property instead of one or two large vegetable garden. So far, each one has been fluffy and I could plunge a garden fork all the way down without stepping on it. . Beds where tomatoes, corn and okra grew last year, are particularly nice.
Not as many earthworms as I normally see during spring prep work, but it's actually REALLY early still and it went down to 25Ã‚Â°F last night, so I'm not that worried.
Today, I cleaned up and prepped my largest bed. This one needed a lot of work because I wanted to fork and fluff it up a little with compost and sand to help dry it out, and there were corn and okra stalks laying around But it turned out that they were brittle and easily broken up by chopping a little with the shovel, then with my hands. I piled them up in a section of the bed with the weeds to use for mulching the paths.
To my surprise, I found a couple of 1/2 filled but intact dried corn still tightly wrapped in their husks. When I opened them, there were very large kernels of perfectly lovely dried seed corn. These were Buhl.
Also unexpected find were three unharvested potatoes. I guess it was REALLY mild this winter. Two are egg sized and perfect for seed potatoes, and third was about baseball sized. That one became my daughter's snack.
I'm trying to get a jump on things by pre-germinating some seeds. It's still early yet, but I'm hoping this will work.
Shelling peas went in today in another bed, and, tomorrow, I'll be sowing a bunch of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, and beets, as well as some protective companions-- chervil, onions, and cilantro. Cilantro and chervil tend to bolt early so I'm hoping to attract beneficial Garden Patrol with their flowers. I plan on using low screened tunnels to protect them from cabbage whites which are already flying around. I'm thinking arugula/turnips in alternate rows which will be harvested and planted with tomatoes before most of the cabbage family vegs are done.