Garden Quest 2015 #005 – March Garden JournalPosted: April 6, 2015
March this year brought an unusual spell of very warm weather (60s-70s) for long enough time to thaw the ground in one cycle. It got me out in the garden tilling and sowing quite early, then promptly had a hard frost for a week. Now we’re back into seasonal temperatures (highs in 40s-50s, lows in 20s-30s). My garden prep of existing beds is complete. My prep of new beds is about 75% done, so I’m way ahead of where I thought I’d be at the beginning of April. This is a good thing!
References to bed numbers will make sense if you look at this post.
- 3-2-15 – sowed broccoli (purple peacock, arcadia from 2014; packman (new 2015), kale (nero di toscana), chard (perpetual (2014 seed)
- 3-3-15 – Am told that ~40 paste tomato plants should provide enough yield for a year.
- 3-11-15 – Having an extended warm spell. Hoping that the soil will be diggable soon (some of the yard is quite bare, but still frozen. Made a site map and garden plan for the year.
- 3-12-15 – Did spring clean up. Can’t chop up leaves as mower pull string was chewed off by squirrels. Sowed Space Spinach in SW perennial bed and part of bed 19.
- 3-14-15 – Transplanted 2-3-15 tray of Galilee into bed 17. Bed 17 further planted with Sugar Daddy and Space. S end of 19 planted in either Space or Mesclun; S end 19.5 spinach.
- 3-18-15 – Finished digging beds 22, 23; Sowed with cover crops.
- 3-19-15 – Dug bed 24. Marked rows for peas. Soil a bit cold to plant (about 39F).
- 3-20-15 – Decided to go ahead and sow peas in 24. Soil is cold but not sodden. Dug most of bed 1, freshened beds 15-16. Note: I think Paw Paw seedlings would go well in bed 8, which still needs to be dug.
- 3-28-15 – Hard freeze for much of this past week.
- 3-30-15 – Return of milder weather. Dug bed 1 and started bed 12. Tulips emerged.
- 3-31-15 – Going to take tray of broccoli, kale, and chard out to begin hardening off. Sowed (indoors) basil (aroma, sweet), kohlrabi (kossack), tomato (sungold, mariana, opalka, cosmonaut volkov), and ground cherries.
In April I should be able to get some more in the ground, and my sowings of peas, spinach, and lettuce should sprout any day now. Which means I need to get on my plan to build a fence, as pushing the season so early just asks for catastrophic animal damage. I will be able to reasonably rabbit proof a large section of the garden. The non-fenced areas will still need to have some bunny crops in it unfortunately, but I’ll try and use that space mainly for non-edibles like potatoes, tomatoes, curcurbits, and thorny perennials.