This spring has been a little challenging.
It stayed super cold through March, with a few snow events and lots of below-freezing temperatures after I had planted out quite a few crops. But despite the snow and cold we kept chugging along, starting seeds, getting beds prepared when the soil was dry, and keeping the greenhouse warm.
Gavin got up several times a night to go out and stoke the fire in the wood stove to keep our transplants from freezing.
I did lots of planting on cold, dreary 30-40 degree days.
Lots of brassicas in the ground. And covered.
Someday these will be flowers.
Mei Qing Choi, Pac choi, Vivid Choy, Tatsoi ready to plant.
April brought a drastic change in the weather and we have had continuous 70-90 degree temperatures and not a bit of frost! Yes, this is spring!
The sweet potatoes have sprouted lots of slips. We’re doing seven varieties this year!
Early potatoes in the little tunnel, and furrowing for the main potato planting going on outside.
Ten varieties of spuds this year.
Salad mix… we had a market last weekend and lots of green leafy veggies to take! Everything coming from the tunnel.
Gavin has been focused on getting the new larger tunnel completed.
Fastening the wiggle-wire channel to the end wall to hold on the plastic.
Stapling up the sidewall.
Constructing a contraption to attach to the pallet forks to lift the roll of plastic above the peak of the tunnel.
In action. The first sheet went on so easily.
By the time we got to the second sheet the wind had picked up and we had continuous frustration, including lots of holes and almost the whole sheet falling off the side onto the ground. Oops.
But we eventually conquered, just the two of us. Cutting off the excess plastic. Gavin is spiderman.
Lots of ladder work. Our asparagus is coming in! Too bad we can only cut them for 7-10 days this year. These perennial crops require some extreme patience and diligent weeding.
Look at all that covered space. I can’t wait to get some veggies in there!