A Busy Time of Year
This time of year is fun for gardeners, but it can be a little frustrating too. The leaves are unfurling on my trees, the garden is tilled and mostly planted, I’m starting to thin my lettuce and spinach, but there isn’t much produce to harvest and eat. And isn’t that what gardening is all about…the harvest? Well, maybe not completely. I do enjoy the simple pleasure of working in my garden. But let’s face it, if there wasn’t an edible reward for all my labor, I probably wouldn’t be a gardener. Well, maybe I’d have a few flowers.
So, maybe you’ve already guessed this about me…I’m not the most patient person in the world. I have trouble waiting for the goodies to grow in my garden. I should have had my beds cleaned up last fall so I could have gotten an earlier start this spring. Then I might have more salads and early crops coming in right now. Apparently I’m an impatient procrastinator…not a good combo!
While I wait for my seedlings to grow and produce, I am trying to keep up with the necessary watering and weeding to improve my gardening results. We’ve had some rain, but it never comes at just the right time. I watered my garden the other day and voila, it rained that night. Hmmm, funny how that works. But I’ve been able to keep the soil moist and the weeds are really loving it. So now for the weeding part. I have yellow foxtail sprouting all over my garden. And there are always dandelions, velvet leaf, wild lettuce, and lambs quarters…all but the velvet leaf are edible.
I’ll be working on adding a layer of straw to the paths between my garden beds this week, and of course there is weeding to do. I also want to hill up the potatoes and the tomatoes can go in the ground as soon as I till their bed. But for now, I’m happy to wait a little and rest up from staining the deck. 🙂