First Spring Planting
Sunday, April 26, 2015
It felt like it would never come, but a few weeks ago we were finally able to plant the first of our spring crops. For the last few years, before we put a single seed or seedling in the ground, we prepare each plot by digging a trench, loosening the soil with a claw, sprinkling in compost, and filling up the trench with the soil from the next.
The whole process doesn’t take long, given our tiny plots, and leaves the soil so beautifully aerated that we have to be careful not to step too heavily on them.
After the particularly hard winters, in our garden planted atop an old elementary school parking lot, we always dig up lots of debris. This was the biggest yet.
Our strawberry patch came with the plot five years ago, so it was time for new plants. We gave these plenty of room for runners, and planted lemongrass in between.
Fava beans, by far the most satisfying spring plant for its early germination, are popping up all over the garden.
Our wintered over spinach was ready for picking, and our garlic is growing nicely.
We finished the planting with carrots, lettuce, beets and tatsoi. By next week it should be safe to plant the tomatoes, just in time for the opening of Headhouse Farmers’ Market on Sunday.