It was quite an ordinary spring day. The wind (and Fennel the Cat – she has a very loud meow and wasn’t happy the food she had been served for dinner and let me know about it at 3am) disturbed my sleep. It always sounds so much louder and feels so much stronger when we are this close to the beach.
So, it was a slow start to a sluggish day. I started off with my computer gardening while the weather warmed up a little. Then I decided the garden really did need me. All the things that ran through my head at 3am needed taking care of so they wouldn’t be there again should the cat wake me again – which she probably well. Just slowly and gently I began by transplanting the seedlings that needed it from the seed raising mix into a compost / potting mix blend into slightly bigger pots so they could continue to grow and be nourished.
Next I decided to sow another round of seeds and started off my pumpkins, cucumbers, luffa – to go up my awesome arch, squash, and zucchini. There are 6 weeks until the safe from frost planting out day and so they should be a good size by then – not too big and not too small. Not that we get frosts, but the weather is generally more stable after this date so I try not to risk my seedlings in turbulent stormy weather that early spring can bring. I replaced so many damaged seedlings last season that I almost ran out of spares. The only seeds left to sow are beans and corn and I like to sow them directly into the soil when it is warm enough for them.
Then I got Hubby the Un-Gardener to give me a bit of a hand as there was digging to be done and he is so much faster at it than me. We did a bit of bed repair as it turned out when putting the beds together I completely missed more than a dozen screws across the garden. I have no idea A: how I managed that, and B: how did I not notice this whole time! Then I got him to turn over the compost and other goodies in the yam bed so I could plant them as they had sprouted nicely. I never really get a good harvest of Yams but that doesn’t stop me trying.
And finally, the main point of the day was done – planting the potatoes – there is 100 days until Christmas and Jersey Benne spuds take 100 days and so if I’m to have new potatoes on the festive table then today is the day. I also got Hubby the Un-Gardener to help me plant all the potatoes and it feels good to have them in. One less thing to worry about at 3am!
So for a day that had the potential to be a sluggish go nowhere day, turned out to be very productive in a slow and steady way and I am so grateful for the help – I suggested to Hubby the Un-Gardener that I put a sign on the garden gate that says “Welcome to the Gym.”
Come again soon – This season is coming along nicely.
Sarah the Gardener : o)