The garden was dry and the soil workable so Saturday we planted the cool weather crops. I don’t mind saying it felt good to get my hands in the soil. Jeff and I found a comfortable rhythm and everything went amazing well and quickly. It never ceases to amaze me how much more efficient things get with practice, each year we find ways to improve the system and what took most of the day a few years ago only takes a couple of hours now.
In the morning when the air was still quite chilly, I took some time to create new row / plant markers. I simply re-use single-use canning lids. Using an awl, I punch two holes in the top and thread some twine through those holes, knotting the twine in the back and leaving long tails. With a good quality permanent marker (this is important if you want it to stand up to the elements) write the name of the plant in the white center. Tie the loose ends of the twine around your trellises, tomato cages, etc. I use bamboo sticks at the beginning of each row to delineate the different things that don’t need supports. Knot the twine really well around your twigs or supports, so that it stands up to the wind, etc. I generally knot and twist it around a few times, just to be extra safe and we have quite a bit wind, so I like to make sure everything is secure. I’ve done this the last few years and it works quite well, most of the markers will last more than one season if you keep it from sitting in the snow.
The pea trellises we built last year were unrolled and quickly put into service this year. We enjoy peas quite a bit around here. We planted snow peas and regular old shelling peas. This year we decided to plant seeds on both sides of the trellis. All the books say pea rows should be spaced further apart than that, but we’re giving it a try anyway and we’ll see what happens.
What’s happening in your garden?