Got a lot done as far as inside chores went this morning, and then worked outside in the garden most of the afternoon.
The first raised bed of the year is planted and snuggled under a cold frame as we speak. Our temps are still hovering around the 40s during the day. If the sun is out it feels great but if not it's darn chilly.
I transplanted seven 4' long rows of lettuce, two 4' long rows of spinach, a row of arugula and some kale. Had enough room left in the bed to plant one row of Swiss chard seeds. From some reason the chard I planted inside didn't germinate. If this row I planted today is a no-show, I'll know it's the seeds.
We still have some raised beds that are around 15 years old and need the wood replaced (before I plant in them this year) so we're working on getting new ones made.
Last year using the hoops and Abribon over the beds worked very well to produce worm-free broccoli and Brussels sprouts (hooray!) but we had a lot of trouble keeping it fastened down on the sides and ends. This winter we came up with a new idea for trying to keep those *%^&#! cabbage moths out of our brassicas, so construction on those was started today also. More on that later.
I complained this past weekend that our stash of blueberries in the freezer was long gone so a dear friend gifted me with half a gallon of them today from her freezer. What a treat! I have a blueberry pie in the oven right now. (Smells pretty good, huh?)
Still have dishes to do, a shower to take and some relaxing to do before bedtime. Sure does feel good to be working in the garden . . . even though it is a bit of a late start this year.
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