Well Laurie and Al have harvested the first rhubarb of the year, obviously very early for Wisconsin. Due to the relatively mild winter and the hot March weather, there was a flourish of early growth of plants and trees. This week has been more normal temperature wise. The asparagus trench has been dug and leaves put into the elevated planting beds. I've also installed a good irrigation distribution system, and only need a few parts to complete the project. That and using the PVC glue to join all the pieces. I still have a soaker hose system to install, but I decided to use a similar principle that I learned from EarthBox: an up-tube in the corner feeds a soaker hose buried down about 6 inches. I also bought my seeds early and created an inventory spreadsheet which will help me keep track of everything. I still have a few items to buy, and enough info to get me started with my 200 sq ft garden. I used alphabet markers that I bought from a clearance store. Now I know how many plants I can put in, when to plant them, how long to harvest, and what goes in later.
I have a good head start on a very productive garden: edible flowers, 3 sisters, tomato, onion, lettuce, radish, pumpkin, and peas. Of course I have other household projects and events to plan, and will post some pictures later. Much work was done last year in preparation for the bumper crop, and I look forward to harvesting, freezing and canning this year.
I hope all of your gardens will be fruitful, and look forward to seeing your pictures too!
Live well, laugh often, love much.
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