It’s time to officially call the ball. Our last frost came and went just a couple of days ago and winter is no more! For those of you out there wondering, is it now safe to plant – well, you’re okay planting just about everything but peppers and tomatoes (I’d wait until after the first couple weeks of April to let the soil warm up for those). I planted eight bean transplants last week and although they got a little rough around the edges due to the last frost, they actually all survived but one. It succumbed to the gale force winds that whipped through here. But I have eight more seeds in the ground and my sunflower seeds have almost all sprouted as well.
Actually, the weather forecast for the remainder of the month looks absolutely beautiful: sunny and warm with cool nights.
To me, this means I have some harvesting of cold weather crops to do. I’ve got to make some room for squash, zucchini and cucumbers and that means that the spinach (of which there is now a ton!) will have to be harvested. I plan on eating some fresh, but I also want to take the extra, chop it, blanch it and then freeze it for later use. The lettuce heads in the second bed are mostly ready to harvest as well, but I think I can leave a few as my squash seedlings get established in their new bed. Lettuce roots are very shallow, so I’m not worried about competition.
And, I couldn’t ask for more beautiful weather to work in the yard this weekend. I really want to get the native beds filled with dirt and work on getting the transplants in. I’ll probably have to wait a couple of weeks to let the soil settle and give it a couple shots of compost tea to get the microbes, bacteria and fungi going as well.
Here’s to Spring!