We've been alternating between cool, sunshiny days and cool, dark, drippy days. Not the best for getting much speed built up on outside tasks. But it is the merry, merry month of May in the north woods, so we shouldn't expect anything else.
Yesterday was a drippy one so I spent the day in the kitchen making four different big pots of soups/stews in an effort to restock the pantry for the upcoming busy summer months. I was planning on making two more batches today but we did have sunshine so I worked outside digging out great quantities of the dreaded quack grass which is making an effort to invade the (as of yet empty) raised beds.
I've dropped several hints to Papa Pea that the field garden is wanting to be cultivated in order to further incorporate the compost we put on it last fall plus to beat down the early weeds. Cultivation hasn't happened yet but the fella has been a busy beaver doing lots of other chores, all of which seem to rank as a number one priority now that the snow is gone and outside temperatures are pleasant.
Pleasant temperatures, yes; warm temperatures, no. We're still dropping down to the low 30s at night and even the sunny days do nothing more than tease us by getting allll-most to the 50 degree mark.
I did some transplanting of seedlings today, planting to bigger pots. (Avert your eyes, Rain. I'm using those deeply despised peat pots.) I think I have the damping off fungus under control. Sort of. At least nothing else seems to be dying, but out of 40 Brussels sprout seeds planted (and they were new seeds), I got germination and good growth of only 10. Not a good ratio. I think I still have time so I'll plant some more seeds tomorrow.
I also planted one raised bed outside today with a mixture of salad greens. An assortment of lettuces, some spinach, Swiss chard, Scarlet Frills, arugula, radishes, kale, etc. Covered the bed with a cold frame and am hoping for the best. The seeds are all cool weather crops and we've certainly got the cool weather! I'm thinking the biggest hurdle will be to make sure I ventilate the cold frame enough on sunny days and keep the seeds watered.
the quotidian (10.23.17)
11 hours ago