Whew! I don’t know where the week has gone – it’s been so busy. I meant to get this up a couple days ago.
Last Monday was beautiful here in Western Oregon – sun and about 67 degrees. My daughter kept saying “Doesn’t it feel like a summer day?” and I kept answering , “No, it feels like spring.” In her mind it’s either winter or summer, hot or cold, but I like the “in between” seasons of spring and fall. The sun wasn’t too hot, things are budding…it just kinda makes my heart rejoice a little.
And want to get in the dirt.
This will give you an idea of how I plant one of our beds – it’s about 4′ x 12′ and again has been weeded and had a layer of compost/manure added. I set a couple of posts in the middle with chicken wire between them to serve as a trellis for the snap peas I plant at the base. I set this in the middle of the bed so I can plant on each side.
The beds run north-south to minimize shading when the plants get tall, so I can plant on either side without worrying about too much shade. I’ve put a row of lettuce and beets on either side of the peas and two rows of carrots next to the edges of the bed. This takes up half the bed.
The other half of the bed I’ve edged with the rest of the onion sets, leaving the center open for the peppers I will add in about a month. If I had been on the ball, I could’ve gotten some fast growing spinach or mesclun started a few weeks ago in this area to use it while it’s waiting for the peppers.
Maybe next year…
Now we’re back to rain and 40 degrees. I did get one of my large beds ready for potatoes and will get them planted when the weather isn’t sopping.
I love, love, love the easy way I’ve found to plant and harvest potatoes…stay tuned!